Posted by Laraine on August 20, 1997 at 10:41:20:
This is really a continuation of the "Recasting Emma" post, but the subject was so different I thought I'd start anew...
To my suggestin that Hugh Laurie might make a good Mr. Weston, Greg replied:
] ...i don't see hugh laurie as mr. w, though, laraine, because he's supposed to be "a man of unexceptionable character, easy fortune, suitable age, and pleasant manners", and "a straightforward, open-hearted man". hugh laurie is better suited for roles like mr. palmer in s&s, i think. even if you want to emphasize the humor in the story(which i'm all for), my guess is you'll need mr. w as a "sane" contrast to the craziness. ...
But Greg, Hugh Laurie is a very fine actor who could do whatever the role required, I think. I've never seen him give a bad performance, even in bad movies. Have you ever watched him in the Jeeves and Wooster series. He's splendid!!
The interesting thing here is that I think we see Mr. Weston quite differently. I see him as definitely one of the comic characters and one who does a lot to contribute to the craziness--the preparations for the ball show this best of all, I think, but the Christmas Eve party and John Knightley's reaction to having been forced out of his house on Christmas Eve show that Mr. Weston's ease of manner can inconvenience people a good deal. (Not that John does less than over-react). Mrs. Weston really does have something of a cross to bear in her husband's open manner, IMHO.
(I'd tried to preserve that in the perfect screenplay I had Emma Thompson write. Besides, she and Hugh Laurie are old friends in real life and I think they'd have good chemistry as the Westons... :->)