Anytime a beloved book is adapted for the screen, there are going to be some grumblings about the casting (enraged The Hunger Games fans, I’m talkin’ to you).
And so it was when I first heard about the cast of Water for Elephants, everyone’s favorite book of 2006.
Pretty-boy bloodsucker Robert Pattinson as Jacob, the ardent young veterinary student who hops a train and accidentally joins a traveling circus? No way! Ryan Gosling would be perfect in that role.
Snub-nosed all-American cutie Reese Witherspoon as Marlena, the graceful horse trainer and acrobat who enchants him? But Marion Cotillard was clearly Marlena.
The only cast member I sort of got behind was Inglorious Basterd’s Christoph Waltz as August, the circus’s sadistic ringmaster (I’d envisioned Daniel Day Lewis when I read the book, but as second choices go, Waltz is not too shabby).
Oh, how I’d love to report that my reservations were unfounded. . .