Monday, August 17, 2009
I don't read fiction, but Oscar Wilde's writing is profound. One of the most beautiful stories I've ever read is The Selfish Giant.
'Who hath dared to wound thee?' cried the Giant; 'tell me, that I may take my big sword and slay him.' 'Nay!' answered the child; 'but these are the wounds of Love.' Beautiful.
So, it's with great excitement that I see a movie coming out in September, titled Dorian Gray. Based on the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, they certainly got the lead actor right. Pretty boy. But what I'm really excited about is Colin Firth cast as Lord Henry Wotton. Lord Wotton is my favourite character in the book - a far more subtle and infinitely more interesting, multi-faceted character than Dorian Gray. Colin Firth should do a smashing job. The actress they cast for Sibyl Vane works too - pretty enough, but more importantly, she has a 19th century face.
Really looking forward to this film. Please, please, don't Hollywood the shit out of a wonderful story and stick to the novel. Please don't ruin this masterpiece.