Thoughts on the Introduction (Long Post)
Posted by Lynne on December 03, 1997 at 01:34:17:
Reading Lindsay Doran's introduction gave me a little shudder: at times, during her narration of the events that lead up to the filming of Sense and Sensibility I kept thinking: "if such and such had not happened, or if so and so had not pushed this idea...", the movie might never have been created. So much depends on fate...luck...and bravery! It was pretty brave, I think, for the producers to take their chances with this: even Ang Lee thought they were crazy for wanting him to direct (but after seeing Eat, Drink, Man, Woman just two weeks ago, I can certainly understand their reasoning). Then, not only for the movie to have been made, but for all the right elements to have fallen into place to make it not only a good film...but a great film, one that received all kinds of awards and nominations. Now, if these same folks would just get together and do a Northanger Abbey or Mansfield Park ! It also amazes me that they didn't try to do what other producers have foolishly done and used some big name star (like Julia Roberts or Keanau Reeves) as a box office attraction. They really used their heads, and gave the roles to people who could act----and before you say that what else could they do?---well, I have seen movies that just used a big star, such as Julia Roberts in Michael Collins who (IMHO) had no business being there at all, she was just there to add box office appeal (whatever that is). So, yes, since this movie had its beginnings in the minds of those from Hollywood (and seems to have been financed by them), it surprises me they did not try to pull this stunt. I felt the casting for S&S was just right, even those who complained about Hugh Grant, well, he was a believable Edward to me. Well, that's all for now from me...I am off to read the next part of the diary....
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