Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they come up with a topic and invite whoever wants to add their own list to their own blog.
I’m pretty sure that I talk about movies… a lot. Which is funny because I rarely watch them! But when it comes to books being turned into movies, there’s a lot that can make or break them. I think for me the worry of whether an actor can accurately portray a character who I’ve gotten to know through reading is a huge fear. What if they don’t portray the character like I’d like? What if they’re completely wrong for the part? But sometimes…. oh sometimes it’s like the movie heavens have smiled down upon us and given us an actor who portrays the character so well he or she IS that character!
Here are my top ten character adaptations:
Macon Ravenwood – Jeremy Irons – Lord… when I read this book before the movie came out I was a little hesitant about how Macon was going to adapt onto screen. While Beautiful Creatures WASN’T the box office smash hit I’d hoped for, wowzers… I loved Jeremy Irons as Macon! He was smooth and sorta sexy in that creepy charming way. Definitely a good adaptation!
Patrick – Ezra Miller – While I thought the entire casting for this movie was PHENOMENAL I really felt like Ezra Miller as Patrick stood out to me. He managed to capture Patrick’s silly, funny, show-offy personality but still show that he was pretty tormented and hurt underneath his exterior.
Mr. Rochester – Toby Stevens – Not one of the more popular adaptations of Jane Eyre, but Toby Stephens IS Mr. Rochester to me. I absolutely love how he portrays him and finally fell in love with a character I hold very dear to my heart!
Beth March – Claire Danes – MY FAVORITE MOVIE!!! While Beth has always been my favorite Little Women character, Claire Danes showed me why. Every scene which she’s in is so powerful it moves me to tears every time I watch this movie!
Peeta Mellark – Josh Hutcherson – Did you guys think Peeta wouldn’t make it to this list?! I know a lot of folks weren’t 100% thrilled with this casting, but I actually loved him in the movie. No, he’s not exactly what I pictured when I read the books, but I’m still very pleased with his performance!
Ethan Wate – Alden Ehrenreich – At first I really thought he was sort of awkward. And I’ll admit… when I first saw the trailer I thought “what fresh hell is this?!” But after watching the movie and seeing him act… yeah, he blew me away. There was something different about him that really struck me. Not to mention, some of his facial movements and expressions reminded me of a younger Leonardo DiCaprio!