Tags: A&E, BBC Films, Elizabeth Taylor, Ellen Page, Jane Eyre, Joan Fontaine, Juno, Mr. Rochester, Orson Welles, Pop Candy, Samantha Morton, Smart People
I am not a fan of Ellen Page. Although I’m in the minority, I didn’t find her performance in Juno very realistic or endearing (I hate that I have even just linked to it’s Wikipedia page…). People at work have attributed this to my age. I thought perhaps my experience of adoption colored my views of the movie as well. Certainly my experience is just that, my experience. Still, even though Emma’s first mother firmly made her adoption plan early in the pregnancy, this was an emotional experience for her, her family, and for us. There was no sarcasm or flippant jokes about her being irresponsible. The only aspects of that movie I found close to ringing true were the scenes where she had to decide whether to continue her adoption plan and after the baby is born – and those were noteworthy only because she was actually acting, not just being herself. They weren’t Oscar worthy.
Imagine my surprise when I ventured on to Pop Candy this evening before leaving work to discover that Ellen Page, who essentially played the same sarcastic young female character in Smart People, has been cast as Jane Eyre for a BBC Films production of all things! Whitney, who loves Page, can’t even see her in this role. Seriously, what are they thinking over there at BBC Films? Jane Eyre doesn’t have a sarcastic bone in her body. Do they have any expectation that Page can pull off ‘mousy’ or, more importantly, sincere?
I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a film or TV adaptation of Jane Eyre, but look at what is already out there. What reason could there possibly be to cast Ellen Page in this role? There is a 1944 version that stars Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, and Elizabeth Taylor. A&E produced a television starring Samantha Morton as Jane. Who could really be more perfect than that?
I have no idea what really makes the film business tick. I’m sure that I’ve misspent many an entertainment dollar in my life and am reaping this as my reward. I would rather be struck blind like Mr. Rochester than even watch the trailer.