Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hathaway to Save the Day...for Garland Movie

One of my favorite games is “Who’d Play That Guy in a Movie.” For example, I believe that if anyone were to make a movie of New York Rangers legend Mark Messier it would have to be a Muppet Movie because he'd have to be played by Sam the Eagle.

Of course, I most often find myself playing it by myself, but I do get excited when I can bring others on into the fun. I also get critical when it comes to casting such parts, considering it’s my damn game to begin with. But one such role has come up that I, along with Andrea, am 100-percent behind:

Anne Hathaway as Judy Garland.

The Weinstein Company (or, as I like to call them, the Dark Overlords of Hollywoodland) have optioned both the stage and film rights to Gerald Clarke’s 2001 biography Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland. The Weinstein boys say the book “portrays the dramatic highs and lows of the cultural icon’s life – from her tumultuous early years as a child performer to her last tragic days.” Of course, I hesitate to point out the fact that had Garland been under the Weinstein’s care, she’d probably have had the same, if not more problems, but I digress.

Going on looks alone, Hathaway is as near a hit as you’re going to get: she has the same full, round features as Garland. But more than that, Hathaway is veritable shape-shifter when it comes to roles. Easily one of the strongest actresses of our generation, if there’s anyone who can take this role on, it’s her. I, for one, am excited to see it.

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