I do so love it when women get to play roles originally written for men.
Angelina Jolie is starring in an action film that was written for Tom Cruise. (The eponymous Edwin A. Salt became Evelyn Salt in the movie now called Salt.) Lucy Liu took on the role of Agent Sever in Ecks vs. Sever (which supposedly is awful but I’m sure it wasn’t Liu’s fault, because she’s awesome). The role was supposedly originally given to Jet Li and Sylvester Stallone. The new Battlestar Galactica made Starbuck a woman, in the person of Katee Sackhoff. (This has been called “fucked up” and “politically correct” of course.) And Jodie Foster has done it too, playing the role of Kyle in Flightplan (hey, they even let her keep the name!)
All of this is leading up to the tiny tidbit that I read in this week’s Entertainment Weekly about a new pilot called Kindreds, starring Kathy Bates as a “curmudgeonly former lawyer“:
How badly does Kelley want Bates to play the part? Well, it was originally written for a man, Harry Korn, but is being reworked for the talented actress who appeared on an episode of Kelley’s legal hit “LA Law.”
Oscar viewers just got a strong reminder of Bates’ acting ability when the horror montage showed her slamming James Caan’s foot with a sledgehammer from Stephen King’s famed movie “Misery.” She also had a recurring role on NBC’s “The Office,” playing Jo Bennett, the Marge Schott-inspired new owner of Dunder-Mifflin.
This is especially interesting because when I think of David E. Kelly, I think of Ally McBeal, a show with such a stick-thin cast that it drove at least one cast member to anorexia.
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