Monday, October 31, 2005

Halloween is here!


Yay!!! Halloween is here! This will be a short post--I just posted at Risky Regencies (on spooky elements in classical music!), and am trying to get the dogs into their costumes. Victoria is a cowgirl this year, and Abigail is a ballerina, but she keeps trying to chew on her tutu. But the comments on my last post, re: movies like Haunted Summer and Gothic, and the new BBC version of a Byron biopic, had me thinking. The story of Byron and his Romantic poet pals seems ripe for a great movie--lots of weird, paranormal things, sex, great clothes, fabulous houses, sex, Italy, sex. But is it possible to get it "right"? Or is Byron one of those fascinating, charismatic figures from the past (much like Christopher Marlowe), who still fascinate us today but whose lives are realy sort of "unfilmable"?

My question is this--who would you cast as Byron? Is there anyone out there who would really suit the part? (Maybe Johnny Depp in his younger days--I dunno. And Jonathan Rhys Myers might be good as Marlowe). What about his friends, like Shelley?

Have a great Halloween! See you back here tomorrow when the cobwebs come down. And I don't remember this nurse costume at all, the note on the back of the photo says I'm 3 here. I do like the way the yellow plastic hair blends with our old "harvest gold" fridge. :)

6 comments:

Cara King said...

Johnny Depp is NOT too old to be Byron! In fact, he'd be great. Or Orlando could show us another side of him and do a very different Byron. :-)

I could see Christian Bale as Shelley!

Cara

Kelli McBride said...

Colin Firth would have been great as Byron, but he's a bit too mature now. I like to think that Valmont was a lot like Bryon.

And I agree that many of Byron's facets would be hard to truly film without a lot of people finding him unsavory. I think you'd have to show his whole life - what made him the complex creature he was.

Johnny Depp is definitely my pick for Byron. He's dark, capricious, sexy, charismatic, and mysterious.

Amanda McCabe said...

OK, so Depp as Byron! I think he would be great--he looks right, he has that complex quality, and he's not afraid to look unsympathetic. And Christian Bale as Shelley sounds inspired. We must find a part for Orlando, too, since he just LOOKS like a sensitive poet. :)

But what actresses would we cast???

Megan Frampton said...

Amanda:

Where are the pix from Halloween? Wanna see!

Amanda McCabe said...

Alas, the pics I took myself turned out not so great, so I'm waiting for some from a party I went to Monday. So stayed tune. :) Your pics look fab, though, Megan! Who knew a devil couple could be so--happy.

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