the thing to realize here is that conservatives find the idea of paying workers a livable wage so absurd that they make hyperbolic comparisons like this
because fifteen dollars an hour and a hundred thousand dollars an hour both mean the same thing to them; more than you deserve
^That commentary is very important.
Like everyone involved in the film, I was blown away by her audition. She really, really, really gets Margo.
I get that appearance is not the most important thing when casting actors to play book characters in movies, but I have to admit I’m a little thrown by this casting, just because Margo’s weight/body shape is pointed out both in the book and in interviews by John himself.
From the book:
"I mean, for instance, do you think I’m fat?”
“Jesus, no,” I said. “You’re—” And I stopped myself from saying not skinny, but that’s the whole point of you; the point of you is that you don’t look like a boy. “You should not lose any weight.”
She laughed, waved her hand at me, and said, “You just love my big ass.”
I’m not going to say whether or not Ms. Delevingne “looks like a boy,” as boys and girls and non-binary people come in all shapes and sizes, etc., but it is clear in the book that Margo would probably not have, say, the thin sort of body shape of a model who has been on the catwalk of Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, as Cara Delevingne has.
Again, I get that details of appearance are less important than an actor’s ability. I doubt anyone would have liked Daniel Radcliffe to have been rejected for the role of Harry Potter because he had blue eyes instead of green.
But what’s bothering me is that John himself, when looking at models for the book cover of Paper Towns when it was first published in 2008, specifically avoided choosing models that were particularly thin to represent Margo.
From a 2008 interview:
A lot of the models that were sent to me looked kind of like clothes hangers, or very thin, sort of disturbingly thin women […] and I was looking for, like, a sixteen year old girl who looked like a sixteen year old girl.
Again, sixteen year old girls also come in all shapes and sizes, and I’m sure there are sixteen year old girls out there who, as John puts it, “look kind of like coat hangers.” There are very thin girls out there. Margo as a character just isn’t one of them.
And my problem here is that after the success of The Fault In Our Stars, John Green likely has a little more influence when it comes to the making of this movie than other authors would for their adaptations. I don’t know this for sure, but considering how involved he was in the making of TFiOS, and the fact that he says in this post that he was there to watch auditions, I have to suspect that there is a chance he could have said, “I wrote this character as a curvy/fat/not thin young woman, and I would prefer to stay true to that.” Of course, he could have said that and was overruled, but what I’m getting at here is that this could have been a phenomenal chance to see some real representation of a non-stereotypically Hollywood skinny heroine. Paper Towns is likely to be a successful movie after the amazing success of TFiOS, and countless sixteen year old girls who do look like Margo, who have a “big ass,” who don’t see girls who look like them on the big screen, they could have been able to go see a Fox 2000 film in theaters starring a girl who looks like them.
Instead, they’ve cast an actress who, as far as I can ascertain from information online, is 5’10” and about 112 lbs, with a BMI of about 16. (BMI is flawed in many ways, but I’m using it to illustrate my point: Cara Delevingne is solidly in the “underweight” category, a far cry from the character who John Green himself did not want to be represented by an underweight fashion model.)
Of course, I was not in the room for her audition. I’m sure she’s a wonderful actress, and if John says she understands Margo, I believe him. I’m just disappointed that this gleaming golden opportunity to have a fat leading actress wasn’t taken advantage of.
Next older person to complain about millennials has to pay off a random 20-something’s student loans