And the winner is…

Friday 13 April 2007

Our competition inviting suggestions for the ideal people to play Bette Davis and Joan Crawford produced some interesting results.

Fans have been indulging in frantic activity on their (sadly imaginary) casting couches and coming up with everyone from Gillian Anderson to Bea Arthur (OK, that’s not a very good example because they both begin with “A”) to… Tony Curtis (Damn, only begins with “C”. Oh well, you get the point).

Anyway, today being Friday 13th, we are proud to reveal the judgement of no-less-an-expert than Mr Shaun Considine himself, author of Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud who has generously donated a signed (by him, not by the Whingers) US hardback copy as a prize.

Anyway, without further ado (At last! – Phil) Here’s what Mr Considine had to say:

Overall, terrific casting suggestions, including the “out of the box” ones –

(#1) Germaine Greer v/s Camille Paglia (didn’t the latter also have an ongoing public spat with Julie Burchill?);

(#2) Ian McKellen and Kevin Spacey – could work on stage – but with roles reversed – Sir Ian as Joan Crawford (“She’s 5 years older than me if she’s a day,” said Davis), and Spacey as her younger rival, especially since he boldly tackled another improbable biopic subject with the same BD initials (Bobby Darin).

And then there’s Meryl – a formidable and prime candidate, which every Hollywood studio would agree with (if she doesn’t Mamma Mia herself out in the Greek film musical this summer).

As for Faye Dunaway reprising Crawford, I agree with Camy – poetic license or justice should bar her from ever going near those trademarked ankle-strap pumps again.

And though Susan Sarandon would be amazing as Davis (with, perhaps, her Thelma and Louise co-star, Geena Davis, as Crawford) – for this current contest, based on dramatic vision alone, I’d fight to watch Diana Rigg and Glenda Jackson as Bette and Joan, on any stage, in the UK, the colonies, wherever.

Hence the winner is – Shaun Whelan

So, the West End Whingers salute you, Shaun, and your prize will be on its way as soon as we’ve finished reading it.

One thing to mention, Shaun Whelan: sorry, but Andrew was reading it in the bath and he dropped it trying to pick up his wine glass with his toes. But it’s drying out nicely on the radiator between his undies (memo to self: must get round to washing those) so as soon as its done we’ll give it a quick iron and pop it in the post to you.

Our thanks again to Mr Considine for his forbearance and patience.

2 Responses to “And the winner is…”

  1. Shaun Whelan Says:

    Must be something in the name “Shaun”.. that means we have an affinity for the melodramatic – can’t wait to receive my signed copy of the Divine Feud and maybe we can tempt Glenda out of politics as I’m sure she’d do a far better job playing Bette on stage.


  2. No need to say “thank you”, Sean.


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