Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Eva Mendes as Callas? Please ... no.

There are some things that I read that really and truly cause my eyes to cross and steam to rise from my ears.

This is one of them.

From an article about Eva Mendes in the July issue of W Magazine:
Lately she has been listening to recordings of Maria Callas, whom Mendes says she’d love to play onscreen. “You can catch me at a very dark hour listening to an aria from Norma and crying my f—in’ eyes out,” she says. “I love doing that.”

...She’s also fascinated by the diva’s decision to abandon her career for shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. “She gave it all up in the name of love, only to be left because she gave it up,” says Mendes, who is developing a project based on a Callas biography by Nicholas Gage. She admits that the story has become something of an obsession for her, seeing in it, perhaps, resonances with her own dual passions. “I’m a modern woman in the sense of I take care of myself, I’m fiercely independent and I’m really ambitious,” she says. “Yet I have these old-school thoughts ingrained in my mind. I do like to belong to a man. I love having a man in my life and being his woman at the end of the day. I know it’s a dichotomy.”
If this were the game show Jeopardy ... I'd choose Things I'd rather stab myself in the eye with an unsharpened pencil than see. ... for $5000, Alex.

The answer: What is - Eva Mendes playing Maria Callas in any capacity whatsoever?

Kaiser, writer for the blog Cele|bitchy, says what I'm feeling in a much more diplomatic way:
Eva would be a terrible Callas. Just awful. I know that sounds mean, and I seriously don’t mean Eva any harm, because she’s actually pretty harmless, but please don’t let her play Callas. Callas was an old-school diva, a larger-than-life presence, all tragedy, all drama, all passion, all of the time. Eva is… pretty. That’s it. She can’t play the part. Throw a black wig on Meryl Streep, and she could do it. Not Eva.
I agree. Not Eva! Please ... NOT EVA!

1 comment:

Opera Maryanne said...

Yep, completely and utterly agree. She should not play Maria Callas...
would be awful!

Maryanne

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