“Should Scarlett Johansson play Dolly Parton in a possible bio-pic?” links


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  1. RobN says:

    Seems like a stunningly bad choice.

  2. eliza says:

    Well if the Johansson rumor is true, she can kiss her career goodbye. Worst. Idea.Ever.

  3. Tiffany says:

    Noooooooooooooooooo…*deep breath in*..oooooooooooooooooo.

  4. RosettaStoned says:

    They better not DARE!!! Wooden Scarlett as the effervescent Dolly sounds abysmally bad!

  5. lunchcoma says:

    I adore Dolly, and I don’t mind Scarlett, but this is an obvious “noooooooo!” Dolly is light, sweet camp over steel and substance. Scarlett is deadpan sophistication over mystery (or, for her detractors, shallowness). This wouldn’t be good for either of them, and I suspect the only reason people are throwing around the idea is that Scarlett is busty and blonde.

  6. Kiddo says:

    Obviously, they are thinking about hiring her boobs.

  7. LAK says:

    Do we really need a biopic of Dolly?

  8. Etheldreda says:

    Dolly is funny, charming and charismatic.

    Scarlett is dull, insipid and self-absorbed.

    So that’s a ‘no’.

    PS I know actors don’t have to resemble the characters they play – acting is all about pretending to be someone else after all – but given that Scarlett can’t actually act, that doesn’t apply.

  9. Jane Q. Doe says:

    I would just fall down & cry to be able to see the amazing Audra Mcdonald play Lady Day. Stupid lack of money…

    Also, no tidbits on the 2 other Memorial Day weddings? Lisa Edelstein of “House” (to an artist) and Casey Wilson to the creator of “Happy Endings”. I’d rather hear about either of these 2 events over that other wedding.

  10. JellyBelly says:

    They should do a Dusty Springfield bio instead with Carey Mulligan.

  11. Tiffany :) says:

    I think Scarlett’s voice is so low and deep…Dolly has more of a birdlike voice. I think it would be hard to mesh the two.

  12. Dame Snarkweek says:

    Scarlett can’t act her way out of a makeup chair.

  13. I Choose Me says:

    Um no.

    Re: Dexter finale. Me too Michael. Me too.

  14. siri says:

    Dolly is- thankfully- alive and well- so why a biopic? I hope this is a joke…Scarlett is the complete opposite of light, lively, warm, and streetwise. But whoever would take a role like this wouldn’t make a smart career move. So, big NO!

  15. Kiddo says:

    I think that the WaPo editorial missed the mark by naming specific movies. But movies are a reflection, to some degree, of culture and aside from the killer’s mental illness, he did feel entitled to the access of pretty women and that he ‘deserved’ pleasure from them.. So while the author of that article was wrong in calling out actors, I think it was an idea that just wasn’t fully formed. By the same token, mental illness alone is not what caused him to behave in such a vicious manner. Being a misogynist asshole did.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree that misogyny played a role, but at the same time, I know a lot of real-life couples where the woman is more attactive than the man. Does that mean those couples have a responsibility in this event, because their coupledom set the bar too high for this man’s life experiences? Both in movies and in real life, pretty girls date average looking men. I guess I disagree with the premise of the WaPo article.

      A lot of movies are fantasy scenarios meant for entertainment. The idea that we can’t have our fantasies play out in an imaginary world because some person with mental illness might take it has an unrealistic goal for his life is too much. He had mental illness, his parents repeatedly sought help for him over his life, yet he was still allowed to buy many guns and tons of ammunition. I think that plays a far bigger role than movies that he watched.

      I firmly believe that there are a lot of sexist messages in the film and tv industry, and I think her stats at the end of her article are SO important…I just don’t think it was wise to tie it to this event.

      • Kiddo says:

        Oh, I never intended to advocate that the movies inspired or created the monster in any scenario at all. I just think that movies are a reflection of society, at times. That’s why I think the editorial idea wasn’t fully formed. Within movies, you can see the misogyny reinforced, but the films don’t create this, they mirror, albeit sometimes in absurd ways. Maybe I wasn’t entirely clear in my first comment.

        And of course guns.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I do agree that movies and pop culture are a mirror. It probably wasn’t clear from my comment, but I was more disagreeing with the premise of her article, and not your comment. :D Her article does bring up good points…I just don’t know how relevant they are to this specific event. Which makes it a challenging article to respond to!

    • kranky says:

      “By the same token, mental illness alone is not what caused him to behave in such a vicious manner. Being a misogynist asshole did.”

      Politely disagree that misogyny somehow caused this guy (whose name I shall not repeat) to stab three men and shoot another in addition to the two women who were murdered. Mental illness has everything to do with this situation, and his fixation on women was a byproduct of his sickness. I really wish we could all focus on discussing mental illness rather than twisting the conversation into winning political points or pushing an irrelevant agenda.

      Aside from that, does anyone else find it highly disturbing that Hornaday blames movies for this tragedy, yet links his YouTube manifesto to her article?

      • Kiddo says:

        I said, “mental illness alone” . Yes, of course he was mentally ill, or disordered. But his fixation did not occur in a vacuum and this fixation is what drove him in spite of the fact that he also killed males. I’m not running for office so political points mean zero to me.

      • kranky says:

        We do agree: his fixation drove him – that is metal illness. The fact that his fixation was on women has nothing to do with his ultimate actions.

        I agree that movies affect everyone, not just the mentally ill. I would even tentatively say that violent movies and video games provide a template for the people who perform such horrific acts.

        That being said, I have not seen ‘Neighbors.’ However, none of the other Aptow/Rogen movies I have seen end in bloody murder so her whole argument seems highly contrived to me. Hornaday is muddying some already complicated waters with her own agenda. She is a movie critic, has absolutely no background in mental illness, and therefore should keep her trap shut.

        Which brings me to a final point: I am sorry that I was not clear in my comment about political/irrelevant agendas. It was directed at Hornaday, not you Kiddo. My apologies. :)

      • Kiddo says:

        NO please don’t apologize. I think my post came off way harsher than I intended because you can’t see my smirk. And I’ve had this problem before, where I reread my comments and realize the tone can be taken several ways, some of which I didn’t mean at all. And I started off not being entirely clear to begin with. blah, I give up today.

  16. GeeMoney says:

    I like Scarlett Johansson and all, but from what I hear, she can’t sing. So I would vote no on the Dolly biopic.

    She has the boobs, though. LOL.

  17. 'p'enny says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO why? is it just because she has big boobs?

    Think, I prefer that one out of Nashville/Heroes, can’t remember her name or Michelle Williams.

    To be honest, i would like to see a biopic but it needs someone who is very quirky and smart. Dolly is amazing woman and is a business and musical genius, IMO.

  18. aquarius64 says:

    I can only think of TWO REASONS some studio exec would come up with this idea; neither one involves musical ability.

  19. Shelby says:

    Ugh, cannot stand Scarlett Johansson.

  20. claire says:

    Oh, hell no! Dolly’s story deserves a much better actress than Scarlett will ever be!

  21. TX says:

    F*CK NO.

    F************CK NO.

    No way.


  22. Rhiley says:

    I am a huge Dolly fan, particularly her Bluegrass albums. My dream is to see her live at the Ryman. I keep looking… Anyway, I cringe when people post the Mylie Cyrus video of her (Mylie) singing “Jolene.” The one titled the Backyard Sessions or something like that. People often comment, “Why can’t Mylie go back to this. She sounds so good here.” No she doesn’t. The band that is playing with her sounds good. Mylie sounds just like karaoke night at the local Pig and Swig. But I have to ask, Who would you rather play Dolly, ScarJo or Mylie, who sadly, Dolly refers to as her, “god daughter”?

  23. Dawn says:

    Hmmm…that is not who I would have picked but who knows what will work and what won’t. I mean I didn’t see Sissy Specek as Loretta Lynn either but it worked out!

  24. GirlyGIrl says:

    I can think of two problems with this casting choice

  25. Miss M says:

    I don’t think Scarlet Johansson (aka ScarJo) should play Dolly Parton. Yes, she has done interesting movies lately (Her, Under the skin and Chef), but I don’t think she can channel Dolly’s charisma and talent.

  26. Flower says:

    No, no, no! The role needs someone bubbly and likeable with a good sense of humour , Scarlet is a bit of a sour puss.

  27. taxi says:

    Actresses “pretend” a variety of traits & personalities. That’s what makes them actors & it’s what they get paid to do. Some are better at miming certain types. IF there’s a DP movie, it’s likely that someone other than the actress playing DP will sing. DP is iconic & her portrayer needs physical & vocal similarity to her.

    Chenowith, as suggested above, is certainly possible. Hilty is short but not petite. A soft sweet speaking voice? Maybe the actress who played Scarlett on “Nashville?” Panetierre’s speaking voice, like Johansson’s is probably too husky. Parton’s hair, nails, and chest are all fake anyway, so wardrobe & makeup will take care of that.

  28. Damaris says:

    Literally, Scarlett should be the last choice on Earth. Matter of fact, Scarlett should stop acting – period. She completely ruined Vicky Christina Barcelona for me. Her acting is so forced and robotic.

  29. JJ says:

    Hell NO!

    Dolly is a singer, talented songwriter and multi instrumentalist. ScarJo can’t even act.
    Dolly has a nice personality, ScarJo is just nasty.

  30. Nene says:

    Katherine jenkins would be a better choice. At least she has a lovely voice. She is also quite similer in looks to Dolly- blond and busty.

  31. Naddie says:

    I can’t even imagine Scarlet playing a cheerful, warm-hearted woman. By the way, I can’t imagine her being cheerful at all.

  32. Nudgie says:

    I would go Reese Witherspoon with boobs.

  33. NeNe says:

    Hell to the NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!