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    Re: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    Quote Originally Posted by swingkat View Post
    Actually, you know who just popped in my head when I wrote the last sentence? Daniel Craig. Yep, I know, the new Bond. But I have seen him in other films and and I think he's that rare type of actor that can totally loose himself in a character. Am I being totally crazy?
    That's not crazy at all. Daniel Craig is an incredible actor. Not only is he my favorite James Bond (I LOVED "Casino Royale"!) but he has been really great in not so great movies, like SYLVIA, the biopic about Sylvia Plath, with Gwyneth Paltrow in the title role. This movie dragged something awful, and Gwyneth was her usually simpering self, but Craig was excellent.

    My only caveat is that he plays kind of older than a 28 year old Henry. BUT, he would be ideal as the 40 year old Henry, the one who ever so delicately "deflowers" his 18 year old future wife.
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    While I agree with Owlie and AJane about the focus of the book not being time travelling but the relationship of the central characters, I still think it was an important element. The ending, like I said, made me teary eyed, but looking back I think it was more tears of pity for Clare,
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    for all those years of waiting to see Henry that one last time
    , than anything else. When I read that last chapter I couldn't help but think:
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    if he and Alba could meet after his death, why was it that Clare got to be with him that one time?
    . I understand that it wouldn't have been half as poignant if Henry kept popping up even after death, but still.....

    In some ways I think that's why I disliked Henry at times, because I felt like he had never given a Clare a chance.
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    By looking her up as a child and then pretty much telling her that she would grow up to be his wife, didn't he influence her unfairly?


    My only caveat is that he plays kind of older than a 28 year old Henry. BUT, he would be ideal as the 40 year old Henry, the one who ever so delicately "deflowers" his 18 year old future wife.
    JFlo, I'm glad my idea didn't sound crazy to you . I understand what you mean about Daniel Craig playing older than 28, but I guess the reason why I wouldn't mind to have him and Julianne Moore as central characters is because to me Henry and Clare's relationship was all the more gripping and interesting as Clare matures. Then again, I'm in my 30's so maybe it's just because I can relate better to them at that age .

    Oy, looking over my post, I guess I put in an awful lot of spoiler tags. Please bear with me. I only just discovered how to make them , but I promise I'll try to curb my enthusiasm next time.
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    Oooo! Swingkat - Julianne Moore would be great casting! I think Alicia Witt is highly under-cast and would be good in the role of Claire as well.

    I can't think of an actor I'd feel is perfect for Henry. Maybe Harrison Ford....25 years ago Then again, I always want to see Russell Crowe in every role

    Generally, I don't like to see movies adapted from books I love. Inevitably, I'm disappointed. I'm more forgiving the further away from reading the book I get, so I definitely won't re-read the book before the movie comes out. Not like I have time to read much anyway!
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    Re: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    Swingcat, I totally agree with your comments, and I too found myself disliking Harry at times. But he tried really hard NOT to influence Claire unfairly. I think especially of the time...oops! I don't know how to do that nifty spoiler thing so I don't dare write anymore! But there's so much to say about this book...

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    Re: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    Owlie, just put [spoiler?] text [/spoiler?]without the question marks and it will hide your text.

    One thing that irritated me about the ending of the book that irritated me was Henry
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    losing his feet.
    It seemed to be such a plot device for sympathy to me. I thought it was over-the-top in its efforts to make the reader feel sorry for Henry. It felt forced, like the editor said, "there needs to be more drama at the end. Something tragic. Throw it in."
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    Re: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    Eric Bana as Henry would be perfect, and if they could get Kate Winslet as Clare I'd be happy, though I doubt she'd do it. Maybe Nicole Kidman? I like Julianne Moore, but she's too old for the part, as Clare is under thirty for most of the book.

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    Re: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore, while amazing actresses, both strike me as too - dare I say it? - old to portray Claire. My vote goes to either Rachel McAdams or Lauren Ambrose, who blew me away as - here's a coincidence for you - Claire in Six Feet Under. (R.I.P.) She's a natural redhead, in her mid-20's (I think) and she has a good track record portraying women called Claire in a convincing manner. Her face was the one that kept popping up in my head as I was reading the novel and inevitably playing the casting game. What do you all think? Here's a picture of her:

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    Re: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    She's beautiful, geekthegirl. I'm not sure if I see her as Claire. I agree with Lotuslander that Kate Winslet would have been perfect for Claire, but I'm thinking she might be too "old" now as well. Scarlett Johansson has the look for me, but gosh, I can't stand her voice. Its so deep for a girl.
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    Re: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    I loved this book; months later it still haunts me.

    I agree that Lauren Ambrose would make a terrific Claire....but Eric Bana doesn't do it for me. I picture Henry as tall and geeky - offbeat handsome. I am thinking of someone like the actor who portrays Jim in "The Office". Not necessarily that guy; don't know if he has the acting chops for it - but someone like him.
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    Re: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    I pictured the same for Henry, elk. Offbeat handsome is a good term for it.

    I read a bit of trivia, btw, that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston bought the movie rights to this book before it even hit the shelves. So we might end up seeing one of them in the roles of Claire and Henry. While I don't picture Brad as Henry, he at least has the acting chops to pull off almost anything. However, the idea of Jennifer Aniston as Claire leaves me aghast.
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