The voting has concluded. The ballots are in. And the winner is…
…Adam Sandler. It’s a good thing Kristin and I didn’t go alone on this because um, did you notice I was the only one to vote for Jake and she was the only one to vote for Patrick Dempsey? Yeah. So, I’m glad Sandler’s going to be in my movie. I’ve never actually met Josh Berk, but he’s not just funnyfunnyfunny all the time you know. He’s nice, and generous with writery advice. I found him while I was wooing Ted and he answered my many questions and is there such a thing as a cyber-noogie? He kinda does that. Very cool to have him for example on how to be an author. And I think Adam Sandler can totally portray hilarious and sweet.
Also, I heard that he’s willing to stop by some Sunday a do a little self-deprecation. Oh yeah. That is going to be awesome! Don’t forget his book, The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, comes out on February 9. Have you ordered it yet?
Dear Facebook, It was my idea first. Actually, that’s probably not true. But if you’re over on Facebook, you’ve noticed that last week was Doppelganger week, in which you put a famous person who is your likeness, as your profile pic. As it turns out, Josh Berk chose Mark Ruffalo as his likeness. As it also turns, Kristin (my cohort for this game) and I had also been working on who should play him for my movie. Mostly because of the Mr. T commentary from the last time we played this game. But also because I thought it might be a fun way to mention that his BOOK, The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, is coming out on February 9. Go buy it. Now. Then come back.
The thing Kristin and I decided was that Berk is a chameleon! Some days he looks kinda Asian. Some days he looks Amish. Some days he looks Librarian. I don’t know what that means. Basically, we couldn’t decide, so we’re opening it up for voting. Here are the many faces of Berk:
1. Josh Berk Librarian, played by Adam Sandler or Robert Downey Jr.
2. Josh Berk FancyPants Writer, played by Jake Gyllenhaal
3. Josh Berk College Guy, played by Patrick Dempsey
4. Asian Berk, played by Jackie Chan
5. Josh Berk The High School Years, played by MC Hammer
6. Amish Josh Berk, played by this guy.
7. I Wish I Were Mark Ruffalo Josh Berk, played by Mark Ruffalo
Remember Louis? I interviewed him for my soldier series. And I was all like, he’s so badass but so sweet and nice and super in love with his wife. Well, his lovely and hilarious wife, Amythyst, suggested the perfect actor to play him for my movie. I’m so excited to add Mr. T to the cast list. He can totally play soldier/nice guy, right?
Kristin kind of rules this game. And by kind of, I mean totally. In fact, she and another girl I don’t know, found Kristin’s Hollywood likeness without my help. She also helped me cast Heidi, Josh’s sister. (Full cast list below) Kristin and I work together at a place that shall remain nameless, but some super cool stuff happens there for sure. And the coffee is superb. To capture Kristin’s personality, an actress must be able to play a quiet girl that you don’t want to piss off. I suspect she’s part ninja–always wears black, this girl, and never talks loud enough to let me overhear her phone conversations. She could have an entire underground operation happening in her cube, and no one would ever know. But she’s also kind and makes me laugh. So, the actress that plays her must be able to do some improv, and fuel some friendly banter, as well.
For Kristin, we have Lori Loughlin. You may know her from her role as Jessie’s love interest on the popular 80s TV show, Full House. I wouldn’t much mind making out with John Stamos, lucky girl. Also, did you know she turned down the lead role in the 1980 movie, Blue Lagoon? Brook Shields snagged it, you may recall. Man, did I like that movie. Anyhoo, I think this is a great likeness, and Kristin can play this game with me any time!
Other cast Members of the movie of my life, so far include:
If you have suggestions for the casting of people I know, then by all means, share it with me or Kristin, in the comments.
I haven’t played this game in a while. I’ve cast Josh and his other siblings: Kari and Heidi. I better complete this portion of the casting. For Josh’s older Brother, Erik, I’m casting Jeff Daniels. There’s a softness in his temperament that resembles Erik’s. And I like how Jeff Daniels plays kindness with a bit of quirkiness.
Fun Fact: Jeff Daniels grew up in Chelsea, Michigan, where I currently live. Still does, sort of sometimes I think. Raised his kids here and whatnot. (Married his high school sweetheart so I’ve heard. You can tell I’m VERY informed.) When I was new in town, I had an entire conversation with his (exquisite) wife at the local market about soup and how to treat a burn. I was wearing my pajama top and no bra. Then Jeff held the door open for me on my way out. Only then did I realize who I was talking to. It’s not that interesting of a story, but it’s my brush with stardom. And I’m easily starstruck. Also this incident sparked an idea for a novel that’s been brewing over the years (which I promise will be a WAY more interesting story). That always happens at the weirdest moments. But anyhoo, here is a side-by-side of Erik and Jeff:
Welcome back to the movie of my life where I cast Hollywood stars as my friends and family. Today I’m featuring the lovely smart and sweet Jennifer Garner as Amythyst Romero.
I met Amythyst here in Michigan shortly after her family had moved from the Bay Area. We’d recently moved from the Bay Area too. She was kind and friendly and we immediately liked each other. (I think.) She had kids about the same age as mine. And a bonus feature was that she had served in the Air Force. We had a LOT to talk about. While I love these photos, I’m sad I couldn’t get a good match of shots where they are both smiling. Amythyst is has a brightness in her smile and eyes that are magnetic and adorable. Also, look for Amythyst to be interviewed later as part of my Interview With a Soldier series. (hint hint, Amythyst.)
Casting continues for the movie of my life. I realize I keep casting Josh’s family; I don’t know why they are so much easier to cast than my family and I promise I’ll cast my friends (Amythst Romero, you’re next.) and possibly my bosses. But today belongs to Josh’s other sister, Heidi.
The family is pretty divided on this one, so I’ll be interested to see if they agree with my choice. Heidi has a sharp wit. She is a serious runner. And she’s going to be a lawyer soon! My choice for her is Rachel Griffiths. (And credit goes to Kristin Rueger for suggesting this actress. She nailed it!)
Last week I decided to cast the roles of my friends and family in case Hollywood comes a callin’; I mean, they would totally want my opinion on who to cast, right? I started with my adorable husband. Today I’m casting his sister, Kari. Unlike Josh, whose role took me years to cast, his sister is an easy one for me. Sometimes you look at someone and you just know who their actor/actress would be. It’s not just about looks either; the actor has to you know, be able to *act* like them. For Kari?
The sweet and charming, Kirsten Dunst.
Kari lives in California and sometimes really gets asked if she’s’ Kirsten. Kari, is this annoying or flattering? Do you have any good stories? Please tell us in the comments.
My family has this ongoing game of trying to decide who would play particular family members if there was a movie about our life. Which, of course there will be some day. Josh has always been a little tricky to cast. Well, I’m very excited because I think I’ve found the guy! John Kasinski! Check this out.
I think I’m going to make this a regular feature on my blog. I’ll just pick a friend or relative now and then and match them with a celebrity. Ya know, for when Hollywood comes a’ calling.