July 20, 2010
In other slightly odd casting news, the rumor that fresh-faced Amy Adams, the 30-year-old of “Junebug,” “Enchanted” and “Julie and Julia,” will play the part of the hard-living, hard-dying rock iconÂ Janis Joplin. (Janis overdosed in 1970 at the fair age of 27.)
This would certainly not be typecasting for Amy; however, she is a good actress and I’m sure up to the challenge. (She was the poignant heart of “Doubt,” starring with Meryl Streep andÂ Philip Seymour Hoffman at their scenery-chewing best.)
The challenge of playing someone like Janis Joplin is daunting but worthwhile; tortured-performer bio movies are often Oscar favorites.
But one inevitably thinks ofÂ Bette Midler’s great movie “The Rose.” This was “loosely based” on Janis and Bette gave the performance of her life in what was her first film. She was nominated for an Academy Award and deserved to win it. She invested the character and the music with such Joplin-esque fire, fury and wrenching vulnerability that I always think of Bette as the definitive Janis.
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