Monday, March 14, 2016

A Star is Found - Book Review

I have a slight (or not-so-slight) addition to reading books! I recently finished A Star is Found: Our Adventures Casting Some of Hollywood's Biggest Movies by Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins with Rachel Kranz. 

I ABSOLUTELY love this book! It is one of my favorite books of all time. You need to read this if you are an aspiring actor/actress or if you love movies. 

A Star is Found details the casting process of some of the most famous movies in Hollywood, such as A Beautiful Mind, Friday Night Lights, Something's Gotta Give, A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally, Mystic Pizza, and Jurassic Park. There are so many interesting stories!! 

For instance, Tom Felton was originally considered for the part of Harry in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. There were four boys at the end that were considered for Harry. Once they narrowed it down, there was a split decision between Daniel Radcliffe and another boy. If it wasn't for Janet changing her mind and wanting Daniel, he may not have gotten the part. 

Another interesting fact is that Graham in The Holiday was originally written for Hugh Grant. I understand the thought process, however, I just cannot imagine Graham played by anyone other than Jude Law!! When Hugh Grant turned down the part, they began auditioning actors. Some actors that auditioned for the part were Robert Downey Jr., Colin Firth, Josh Lucas, and Aaron Eckhart. All fantastic actors...but the movie just would not have been the same! 

Casting is so important. It is probably one of the most important parts of making a movie. The process is absolutely intriguing! Without a doubt, I recommend this book! It is fabulous! I just finished this book, but I may just read it again. It is that good. 

Have you read this book? Will you read it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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