The second half of this book deals with the production of the 2012 movie, The Butler. As someone who knows very little about the film industry, I was interested to see all of the work that goes on before a movie can even begin filming. Laura Ziskin, the Hollywood producer who worked so hard to see the movie to fruition, really stood out in this last section. Ziskin was tireless in her efforts to get investors for the movie, realizing the importance of getting the story of Allen’s life out to the public. Because she was such an influential person for the creation of the movie, I was shocked to read that she passed away before she could even see the movie made!
I was also really interested to read about how hard it is to find the perfect actor to play each role. I can’t imagine how someone can watch an audition and just decide that that actor would be perfect for a part. Do any of you have any insight in that process and could explain it to me? Do you know what casting directors look for or what actors do to get a particular role?
Like the book mentions, the movie is full of big-name actors and actresses. Do you like it when there are a lot of famous actors or actresses all in one movie? Because celebrity culture is so pervasive these days, I find it a little hard to watch movies with really famous actors, just because I have a hard time separating the movie character from the actor. It’s hard to really allow yourself to imagine an actor as another character when you have recently read an article about their shopping habits in People magazine.
Before I go, I’ll leave one more video clip with you. It’s an interview with director Lee Daniels. Check it out if you’re interested in getting more behind the scenes information about the movie!
I hope you enjoyed the book this month, even though it was a little different than what we normally read. Make sure to check back next month as we read The Giver, by Lois Lowry.