Oh my! It is reported in Variety that Meryl Streep is slated to play Julia Child in an upcoming film adapted from the book Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. Her co-star will be Amy Adams.
Now, the casting here is better than the Paris Hilton as Mother Theresa idea that was floated awhile back. Ms. Streep is most certainly a far better actress. And make up can do wonders - but still...
Back when I worked for a winery in western Washington one of my best friends was the winery's food and wine guru. Often I would get to tag along to her foody events. It is how I got to meet and sometimes even work with the likes of Kathy Casey, Graham Kerr and yes, Julia Child.
This particular event was a reception preceding a book signing. I already had the book but lugged it along anyway hoping Ms. Child would sign it. She did as we had a lovely chat about one of her dearest friends also named Mari. I was really puffed when she told me how pleased she was when someone would ask her to sign an obviously well worn book. "It means they've used it!" I can still hear her delightful chortle.
Name dropping aside, now, I must say Meryl Streep is no Julia Child. Ms. Child was quite a formidable woman standing 6'2" before her sensible heels. I hovered around 5'9" and she towered over me.
Ms. Streep is 5'6" and Ms. Adams a mere 5'3 1/2"! Now I know a lot of actresses are considered "larger than life". Ms. Streep probably falls into that category. And I know the actors and actresses can elevate the "stature" of a film, but in this case I fear they fall way "short"!
Oh, what the heck. Life is usually better than the book and the book is usually better than the movie. Bon Appetit!