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Blair McDowell | On Casting THE MEMORY OF ROSES
Author Guest / November 30, 2013

A friend of mine is a film editor. She has worked on a number of major films, including one of my all-time favorites, Under the Tuscan Sun. She kindly offered to read my manuscript and make suggestions on THE MEMORY OF ROSES at the point where I was readying it for submission to publishers. She was helpful in a number of ways, principally in helping me to thinking visually, rather than only in words. What I enjoyed most in the exercise I did for her was “casting” my book. If it were to be made into a movie, who would I want to play the various parts in in? My heroine, Brit, would be a beautiful young actress I’ve only seen once—Claire Forlani who was the lead in Shadows in the Sun. She’d be quite perfect. Ian McQuaid, Brit’s father, would be Sean Connery as he was twenty years ago. Maria, Ian’s lover, Maybe Jennifer Lopez, but not quite. She needs to be younger, more innocent, more vulnerable. John Meyers, Brit’s attorney, would be Hector Elizondo (the hotel manager in Pretty Woman). That’s perfect casting. Emmanuel would be Vincent Riotta (the estate agent in Under the Tuscan Sun) Again I…