Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Meryl as Julia
According to Variety, Meryl Streep is scheduled to play Julia Child in the screen adaptation of Julie Powell's hit blog/book Julie & Julia. Amy Adams is to play Julie Powell, and screenwriter, and food writer, Nora Ephron is on deck to write and direct.
Besides Dan Aykroyd's famous send-up of Ms. Child on Saturday Night Live, I was interested to learn that Maureen Stapleton, best known to many as Ma Kelly in the wholly underrated Johnny Dangerously, played Julia Child on stage in a little-known production called Bon Appetit! put on by the Classic Stage Company in 1991. Writes Mel Gussow of the New York Times, "With an abandon that is characteristically Julia Child, she stages a race between a hand beater and a mixing machine and is caught up in the exercise. As the actress sings and pretends to cook, Todd Sisley accompanies her on the piano, underlining the words with food music. Mr. Hoiby, as composer, reaches his pinnacle when Miss Stapleton beats her imaginary egg whites into stiff shining peaks. At this point, the music ripples." Oooh.
If you can think of any other actors who have played Julia, please share. I personally think Meryl Streep will play her wonderfully. Just by watching her effortlessly crack eggs in The Hours, one can tell that Meryl knows her way around a kitchen.