Did These Eight Authors Approve or Disapprove of Casting Choices for Adaptations of Their Work?

Have you ever wondered what a writer’s thoughts are when a book adaptation is made?  Here is a list of authors who have either APPROVED or DISAPPROVED of the casting choices.  They are:

1.  Anne Rice . . . She was upset with Tom Cruise as Lestat in “Interview with a Vampire”.  But after seeing the film, she took back everything she said and even called Tom to apologize.

2.  Meg Cabot . . . For “The Princess Diaries”, she was so excited to have Julie Andrews play Mia’s grandma, the Queen of Genovia, that she approved the plot change of killing off the father.

3.  Stephen King . . . He did not like Jack Nicholson’s performance as Jack Torrance in “The Shining”, BUT he does like Tim Curry’s Pennywise for the “It” TV miniseries.

4.  Diana Gabaldon . . . For the “Outlander” series, she said Sam Heughan being cast as Jaime Fraser was “grotesque” . . . but then she saw his audition tape and called it “astonishing.”

5.  Roald Dahl . . . He didn’t like Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.  He thought his performance was “pretentious” and insufficiently “gay and bouncy.”  (???)

6.  Truman Capote . . . He was never happy with Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.  He had wanted Marilyn Monroe instead.

7.  Suzanne Collins . . . She was thrilled when Jennifer Lawrence was picked to be Katniss in “The Hunger Games”.

8.  Ken Kesey . . . He disapproved of Jack Nicholson playing Randle McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, he said he was too short and too shrewd.

For what it’s worth, Jack won the Best Actor Oscar for that performance.


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