The Book Thief

Posted by l_smith21 on July 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM

One of the many occupations I wish I had but really just moonlight as, is an actor. And as such I, like many actors (wannabe or otherwise), am signed to an agency. Because of this I get sent an awful lot of casting calls, most of them are completely pointless, I’m over 18 why are you sending me kids calls or I’m not a man, stop sending me audition details for awesome films that I am biologically unable to attend.

The ultimate one was a casting call for the Hobbit that wanted males and females of all ages under 5”5 to appear as hobbits in Shire background scenes and the like. I ticked every box, except for the must be local to New Zealand box. That one stung a bit. But, I think you get the idea, I get sent a lot of really useless casting calls.

You might be wondering what that has to do with The Book Thief.

Well, you won’t be left in the dark much longer.

The Book Thief is being adapted into a film, the reason I know this? I got sent a casting call for it.

I only started reading The Book Thief recently, its been on my to read list among about 8 other books for far too long and I finally got around to starting it and its quickly becoming one of my favourites. And now that I’m nearing the end I’m thinking about that casting call and really really wishing that I hadn’t just dismissed it.

The reason I did that isn’t because I’m over run with other jobs, man, I wish that were the case. I discounted it on the grounds that it was an open call for girls aged 9-14 with blonde hair and brown eyes. And well, I’m 23 (though I could probably pass for 16), have black hair and blue eyes. So, naturally, I skimmed it and decided it wasn’t worth even sending an application.

Now that I’m reading it though I’ve found myself in the situation where I really wish I’d just sent in something and begged to have been considered as anything, an extra, death itself, you know, any teeny tiny part just so that I could say, oh yeah, I was involved in the film adaptation of this awesome book.

Mostly, I just kind of want to add it to the list of other film adaptations that I got rejected from.

But on the other hand, this could be a “Golden Compass” situation, where I watch the film and think to myself, dear God, I’m so glad they told me I wasn’t what they were looking for.


Either way, I’m a bit sad that Leisel can’t be a bit older… And not so fair haired.

Categories: musings, my life

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