Earlier today, Brian Lee Anderson at the "Carole Lombard !!!" Facebook fan page brought up this topic, one I thought worth discussing here:
"I got asked today what actors I hope portray Carole and Clark in the film version of 'Fireball' ... I said Jennifer Garner and Henry Cavill. Fun question.... Who would you like to see?"
That is a toughie. I'm not sure whether Robert Matzen, author of the book, has publicly said whom he'd wish to cast (which from his perspective is just as well; why alienate someone who might be interested in purchasing the movie rights?). Fortunately, the rest of us don't have to worry about that, so we can deposit our two cents.
Here are the candidates mentioned so far (9:45 p.m. Pacific), in order of their being named:
Carole Lombard: Jennifer Garner, Melissa Joan Hart, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson, Blake Lively, Kristin Chenoweth, Charlize Theron, Christina Applegate, Carey Mulligan, Amber Valletta.
Clark Gable: Henry Cavill, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Pratt, Hugh Jackman, George Clooney, Brad Pitt.
In a way, it makes you appreciate the difficulty Universal had in casting the leads for the 1976 biopic "Gable and Lombard." Jill Clayburgh won the Carole role (selected over, among others, Candice Bergen), and James Brolin was cast as Clark after several stars of the time, fearing it was self-defeating to challenge Gable's ghost. Both Clayburgh and Brolin gave it their all, but what ultimately doomed the film was a script that played fast and loose with history and never gave the impression that it fully understood these people.
So, whom would you cast as Clark and Carole? One, or both, from the lists mentioned above, or other candidates? You can answer here, or you can go to the Facebook thread, https://www.facebook.com/groups/421288827952473/835403169874368/?notif_t=group_comment_reply. Either way, let's hear from you.