You know those real-people movies? You know what I mean, right? You know, for example 'The Kings Speech' and 'Young Queen Victoria' and the life of Martin Luther King etcetera. Real-life-stories made into movies. (Or stories grossly exaggerated so they would be interesting enough for a movie.) I love having a look at the person in real life and the actor/tress they chose to act him/her. Sometimes they did a really good job. Other times they just chose the actor/tress because she knew how to act and because 'they' wanted people to buy the movie.
Naturally I won't be able to look at all the real-people movies (do these movie have a name?) out there, so I'll focus on the ones I've seen. Just so you know. Yes, I know you knew anyway, but I just had to be sure. Okay, okay.
Heh. They don't look that alike.
But it's not too bad, either. And in this movie, it didn't really matter, because I didn't even know what Beatrix Potter looked like until a few seconds ago when I looked her up. When I typed in 'Beatrix Potter' in google images all that came up were pictures of Peter Rabbit and Jemimah Puddleduck. Her face isn't famous, so it doesn't bother me. Renee Zellweger was adorable in the role.
THE KINGS SPEECH
This is, by the way, an amazing movie. It's my mother's favourite movie in the whole world - she says she wants to watch it every three months, but I always say, 'Hey mum, you won't let me watch Pride and Prejudice more than once a year,' because yeah, that isn't fair. But whenever she watches it, I have to say I snuggle up on the sofa too, because an hour filled with Lionel Logue is rather irresistible, haha.
They don't really look alike.
Now, don't get me wrong, Colin Firth was the image of superb acting. But let's face it, he didn't get cast because they thought he looked like George VI, did they? But it doesn't matter, of course. I mean, hey, Colin Firth. He's FAMOUS. Catch him when they can, eh. Who cares about looks? :-P
I personally think the guy they cast as George's older brother looks a lot like the real George VI - here's a picture. Don't you think? (But then, the poor actor wasn't famous enough and got cast as the nasty older brother.)
I think these two don't look at all similar. It's all about Helena Bonham-Carter. Of course, one can't deny she didn't do a good job --- she was amazing. But I don't think she looks much like Elizabeth Bowes Lyon at all. Helena is thin and prim, Elizabeth had a round face and she was a bit chubby in a graceful way. But at least they gave Helena her kind of clothes to make up for that. And the hair is good too.
I won't go into all the characters (because Lionel Logue doesn't look much like he was in the movie, heh) but I have to say that George V, the father who dies, portrayed by good old Mr Gambon, was SO well done. He looks so much like King George. Maybe it's just the beard and the mustache, of course, but I think he really looks like him.
YOUNG QUEEN VICTORIA
I watched this movie!!!! I adored it. It's so dreamy and fluttery and beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. There are some ecky bedroom scenes we fast-forwarded, but for the rest... oh, I loved it. And it was super well cast, too! AND THE BALLROOM SCENE. Ohhh, that's just my favourite scene in the whole movie... her dress to start with. And then they waltz and she does her gorgeous smiiiile. *Naomi melts* (not really. I don't think people can melt.)
Wow. They were lucky to have Emily Blunt. She does look a lot like her - the same kind of eyes, especially. Of course, they could never have found the exact look-alike, but they were lucky to have Emily Blunt, because I really think she looks like the real Victoria.
Look, look! How perfect is that! They look so alike - they have that LOOK, both of them. Really, wow. I think they did very well indeed in the casting of prince Albert.
CHARIOTS OF FIRE
Not too bad. Not too good. :-) The real Eric Liddle (guy on the left) is more muscular. Nothing else to say. It's kind of the same issue as Miss Potter - I didn't even know what he looked like before I looked it up. His face isn't famous. But they didn't cast the guy because they thought he looked like Mr Liddle, I don't think so.
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE
I remember seeing a picture of the real Laura Ingalls as a girl for the first time - I was SO disappointed I could hardly take it in. Where were the braids, the cute rabbit-teeth, freckles and snapping brown eyes? Where was the adorable huge-spread cheeky look? Of course, Laura wasn't allowed to smile in the picture according to old-fashioned etiquette, and she wore her hair loose in the fancy way for the picture. So I think she must have looked a bit like Melissa Gilbert when she was all out and about doing her farm-chores, don't you think?
Seriously though, the Little House cast doesn't really look much like their real characters. Don't get me started with Pa. As much as I don't think beards very flattering, Pa needs that wiry plucky beard. :-)
What are your opinions?
Do you like the people they cast for these roles?