I’ve been reading the most fantastic series of books lately, and I’ve pretty much forced all my close friends and family to start reading them as well. It’s the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich. They are about a girl who loses her job as a lingerie buyer and ends up blackmailing her sleezeball cousin into giving her a job as a bounty hunter. There are so many funny bits that make these books as great as they are, so many characters that add their own interesting bits to the story. When I’m reading I always try to figure out who I imagine the characters as, or who I imagine would play them if there was to be a movie.
I’m sure there WILL be a movie someday, books this popular don’t go without becoming a movie at some point.
Here’s what I was thinking.
I think it’s her role in the Miss Congeniality movies that make me see her in this role too. I CAN imagine her dodging dinner with her parents, keeping her gun in her cookie jar and having a hamster as a best friend. Can’t you?
She’s just hot enough, but also just clumsy and endearing enough to bring Stephanie to life.
Queen Latifah as Lula.
When I think of a ‘big boned’ black woman with major attitude, who can kick some major ass, there is only one woman who comes to mind.
I can see her breaking down doors and threatening to shoot people.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Joe Morelli.
Yummmmm. If I have to imagine a rough around the edges, steal your virginity as a teenager kind of guy, it’s this one. I can’t think of anyone more perfect for the role of Joe than “Denny”. He can be hot when he needs to be hot, but he can be sweet and even a bit adorable at times.
Plus, can’t you see him and Sandra Bullock together as a movie item?
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as Ranger
Ranger… ooooooh Ranger. Could there possibly be a sexier fictional character than Ranger??
It’s hard to cast this character because he has to be big, lean, sexy, caring but scary and mean a the same time. Having seen The Rock playing a gay guy in a previous movie I wavered on this one… but in the end, I think he’s our guy. Yum.
Ellen Albertini Dow as Grandma Mazur
Grandma Mazur is one of those old ladies who just doesn’t grow old. She may spend all her spare time at viewings (wakes) but in her mind she’s still 19 years old and on the go!
I have never thought of Grandma Mazur without seeing the Rapping Granny from the Wedding Singer in my head. She also played that drug toting old lady on Studio 64. Perfect!
Jason Mewes as Mooner
Sort of like with Ellen Albertini Dow automatically making me think of the crazy Grandma Mazur, Jason Mewes (or Jay from the Jay and Silent Bob movies) has always been in my mind when Mooner was in the story.
Stoner = Jason Mewes = Mooner. It’s just the way it is!
There are a lot of supporting characters as well, like Stephanie’s parents and sister, her cousin Vinnie and a wide range of cops, but the above characters are the ones I hold most dear and make true mental images of in my mind.
Now, here’s hoping they actually make a movie of it someday. I’d be curious to see if any of my picks make it in!
If you haven’t read this series yet, I seriously suggest you do. I am on the 9th book now and they just keep getting better and better!
A warning though, make sure you get two because I guarantee when you finish the first one you’ll be dying to start the second!