Books to Movies and Why You Cannot Please The Book Reader – Ease Up on The 50 Shades of Grey Casting Choices
So a few days ago, E.L James announced on Twitter who would be playing her beloved characters in the 50 Shades of Grey movie adaptation of the books. People went crazy.
First of all when it comes to reading a book, your mind creates these characters. The author gives you a description and you create that person in your head based on that description. NO ONE can live up to that expectation.
So that is why I am guessing the literary/movie world was in a uproar on Monday, Tuesday and still today.
So I'll admit that I am currently on Book 2 of the 50 Shades trilogy. I have already told you that I have been on a reading kick and these books were on my list, just further down. I just happened to finish what I was reading and thought, "let's just see what all the hub bub is about."
So yes I have a definite vision of what Christian Grey looks like in my head. I have a definite vision of what Anastasia Steele looks like in my head.
Do they match the actors chosen. NO! Am I upset, not at all.
I was a huge fan of the Twilight Saga and I'll be the first to admit, I didn't think Robert Pattinson (I mean who was this guy) nor Kristen Stewart (oh, the girl who played Jodi Foster's daughter in that one movie where they were stuck in a panic room and she had asthma or diabetes or something) could pull it off, because that wasn't Edward or Bella, but as luck would have it, they did.
The casting agents chose these two people because they thought they could pull off the characters.
I mean seriously do you really want to see Ian Somerhalder as Christian Grey? All you will think about is, "oh, its Damon from the Vampire Diaries, will he suck Anastassia's blood?" But he can pull off the eyes. Or Matt Bomer, "oh the guy from that USA TV show, and wasn't he a stripper on Magic Mike." Yes I get that Matt is fairly unknown but as Christian Grey, eh probably not.
E.L James wanted Robert Pattinson as Christian Grey, that was her first pick. Heck the books were loosely based on Edward Cullen, but seriously, Robert in another book adaptation. Nuh-uh.
Now onto Anastasia, seriously Alexis Bliedel, the viewer couldn't get past the fact that she was Rory Gilmore, and she chased pants around Greece? Really?
Or Emma Watson, NO NO NO, you would expect her to pull out her magic wand every time.
This movie will be very erotic, still don't know how they are going to handle it without a NC-17 rating, but you have to have some fairly unknown people to pull off a movie like this.
So who did they cast.
Charlie Hunnam, he's a British actor best known for playing Jax on Sons of Anarchy. Can he pull of Christian Grey, yes, he can. I mean the guy has played a kick butt biker guy on this show. He can pull off Christian Grey. I mean he's pretty much pulled off every emotion that Christian Grey covers as Jax on SOA. However, they will have to shave him down, well at least the hair and facial scruff.
Now to Anastasia, I know how I have her pictured, however, I can't pick a actress that could match my vision.
Dakota Johnson was cast as Anastasia, Dakota is the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. She was on the short lived Fox Series Ben and Kate, she was in the movie 21 Jump Street, as well as The Social Network, and now she will play Anastasia Steele.
So you are upset with the choices. Sheesh! Give it a chance. Wait for the movie and then judge. I mean don't go overboard and start petitioning to have the actors removed since you don't think they are right.
Like I said before, you cannot please a book reader when it comes to casting their beloved characters. It has been proven movie adaptation, after adaptation.
Remember the uproar with Interview with the Vampire. Heck Ann Rice couldn't stand the thought of Tom Cruise playing her beautiful Lestat.
People create the look of book people in their heads, and no one can ever add up to it. So even if the casting directors picked the choices of the public, they still would not be happy.
It would be like, "Hi, casting director please pop into my head and find the exact person that look exactly like the Christian Grey I picture as I read."