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Jennifer Garner As Miss Marple? Come On!  
User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12593 posts, RR: 34
Posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1798 times:

It's been revealed that Jennifer Garner, a very attractive actress in her 30s, is to play a role always played by - and intended to be played by - an actress in her 50s and 60s; Joan Hickson, Angela Lansbury, the great Margaret Rutherford and more recently, Geraldine McEwan (my personal favourite) have all played the role.

I don't get this decision. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure JG is a superb actress, but have the producers not actually read Agatha Christie's Miss Marple books, from which is should be clear that it's intended to be played by an actress of mature years? It's not just the change in the actress's age that I find annoying; either stick to the script, or make a new detective series. If you change that, what else needs to change; will a capable young detective in her 30s be comfortable in the idyllic little village of St. Mary Mead? Or will they decide to set it in a bigger town. Mrs. Marple's enduring success, apart from the cleverness of the mysteries, lies in people being beguiled by this innocent looking granny, never suspecting her to be a sleuth; will suspects respond the same way to a svelte, business like 30 year old (even with make up)?

There are so many hugely capable older actresses, not necessarily British ... Maggie Smith, Zoe Wanamaker, Sue Johnston, Jennifer Saunders (that would be fun!), Glenn Close, Harriet Sansom Harris (who played Frasier's agent, Bebe Glazer, superbly), and many more. It must be very dispiriting to older actresses when roles meant for people of their age are rewritten and given to younger actresses.

Hopefully people will see sense; JG has a superb career ahead of us and maybe she will get to play Miss* Marple in 30 years' time, but for now, let's stick to the text!

(*Yes, I've just noticed that I've written "Mrs" Marple in the title ... D'oh!)

[Edited 2011-03-30 09:57:13]

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User currently offlinefridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1779 times:
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I think Hollywood is just trying to do what they've been doing for a long time, cash in on the younger viewing market.

And not to mention that there isn't much originality in Hollywood anymore. All the good, talented writers retired years ago and were replaced with mostly moronic writers who couldn't hold an original thought in their head if they tried.

Yes, I'm sure there are some good ones, but I don't know who they are. Maybe some of you can shed light on that?

Good post Kaitak, very good.

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User currently offlinealberchico From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2954 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1777 times:

Maybe they're trying to appeal to a younger audience. Speaking of which I would love to see a modern remake of '' And then there were none''


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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1758 times:

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 1):
I think Hollywood is just trying to do what they've been doing for a long time, cash in on the younger viewing market.

Miss Marple "appealed" to me particularly when I was younger – in the form of the very much grandmotherly and absolutely unforgettable Margaret Rutherford who I've never "identified" with in the generational sense.

This progressive dumbing-down of movie marketing is probably one of the biggest problems there, combined with bizarrely exaggerated budgets and revenue expectations.

I'm sure there are still a few good writers somewhere, they just have a lot less freedom under these circumstances, it appears.


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6339 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

And to top it off they'll probably insist on the currently (and useless) obligatory love scene. Why is that always in movies when it has nothing to do with the story ?


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User currently offlinealberchico From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2954 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1719 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 3):
This progressive dumbing-down of movie marketing is probably one of the biggest problems there, combined with bizarrely exaggerated budgets and revenue expectations.

I'm sure there are still a few good writers somewhere, they just have a lot less freedom under these circumstances, it appears.

This humorous article explains it all :

http://www.cracked.com/article_19012...user3=article&wa_user4=recommended

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
If you change that, what else needs to change; will a capable young detective in her 30s be comfortable in the idyllic little village of St. Mary Mead? Or will they decide to set it in a bigger town.

To be fair any Agatha Christie adaptation is probably better off being produced for TV, not as a feature film. Too many changes will be made in order to spice it up for todays audiences and the project will be ruined.



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User currently offlinewn700driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 1):
All the good, talented writers retired years ago and were replaced with mostly moronic writers who couldn't hold an original thought in their head if they tried.

Good Point. But not quite the whole story there. As someone who once made a few bucks on the side writing short fiction, I can say that outright lack of creativity may not be the issue. In my case, what I consider to be my best (and certainly favorite) work never ended up seeing the light of day. The reason? Audience appeal. I've had more than a few editors ask if they could hang on to stories I've written for their own entertainment, even though they couldn't publish it for those reasons. And, OTHO, I've had work that I'm not honestly proud of earn decent ratings too. That's life I guess. Anyway, it's a factor publications use to determine how well something might sell, and I'm sure it applies to Hollywood all the more so.

I would submit that the problem isn't lack of creativity, but a focus group mentality that severely regulates what gets airtime and what doesn't.

I'm not saying that these writers aren't moronic, but I just think there's more to it than that. . .


User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

Is nothing sacred anymore...

Thank God and PBS and David Suchet for saving "Poirot"...

Hope they keep the theme music from "Murder She Said".

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User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 977 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
and intended to be played by - an actress in her 50s and 60s; Joan Hickson, Angela Lansbury, the great Margaret Rutherford and more recently, Geraldine McEwan (my personal favourite) have all played the role.

I agree about Geraldine McEwan, although Julia McKenzie has been quite good recently.

Unless they do great makeup and Jennifer Garner can do a 55+yo woman perfectly, this idea is simpy stupid. But it is Disney, and it is to be set in the US......


User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2759 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
Harriet Sansom Harris (who played Frasier's agent, Bebe Glazer, superbly)

  

Arguably, her performances were the absolute funniest scenes ever seen on that series.

And that is saying something!!



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3309 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1488 times:
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Quoting alberchico (Reply 2):
Maybe they're trying to appeal to a younger audience. Speaking of which I would love to see a modern remake of '' And then there were none'

Then watch last year's season premier of the American animated show "Family Guy". A rather humorous take on it.

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User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1485 times:

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
I'm sure JG is a superb actress

Ugh. I disagree.

Crappy acting skills, and an unattractive sad and pouty face. Ever see her in Juno or The Kingdom? Just painful. And come to think of it, wasn't she in some movie about being a little girl who suddenly becomes a 30ish year old woman? Just an absolutely atrocious rip-off of Tom Hank's Big.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7718 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1409 times:

To me, Joan Hickson is Miss Marple and always will be.


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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1397 times:

Quoting alberchico (Reply 5):
This humorous article explains it all :

http://www.cracked.com/article_19012...ended

Totally!   


User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1393 times:

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