I was just reading on IMDB.com about the movie, and there is loads and loads of negativity. This particular post I was reading was complaining about KH as Stephanie Plum basically because she is a blond and Jason O'Mara as Morelli because he is not Italian. And this is setting my teeth on edge a little bit.
Now I have to confess that at first I was a little weary about these characters in their roles myself and not because I didn't like them or I didn't think they could act. I have liked everything that KH has been in so far and knew she could pull off the comedic part of the show well. The more I follow this movie, I now can see no one but Katherine Heigl in this role. She is perfect for it! O'Mara I hadn't seen before, but I did my homework and came to the conclusion that he could definitely portray the tough, sexy role of Joe beautifully. The reason I was weary is because I had to get over the initial surprise that they didn't cast who I had envisioned in my head....shocker, I know!!
This reply to the KH hater's post really says it perfectly!!
"oh for crying out loud, that's why they call it ACTING, and O'Mara's very good at it. If every casting agent thought like you, Meryl Streep would have never played Sophie Zawistowska, Vivien Leigh would have never played Scarlett O'Hara, Audrey Hepburn would never have played Holly Golightly, and Marlon Brando would never have played Stanley Kowalski.
If you don't think Sunjata can play sexy bad-ass, you obviously never saw him as Reggie Jackson."
Well put, Solesister!
I have a few things to add here...(I won't bore you with my book I wrote on IMDB.)
I think there are a lot of great Oscar-winning movies out there that would have been less than sensational without the actors/actresses playing their roles. I'll just spout off a few:
Russell Crow in 'Gladiator'. Aussie playing a Roman.
Gerard Butler in '300'. Irishman playing a Spartan.
Mel Gibson in 'Braveheart'. Aussie playing a Scottsman.
Brad Pitt in 'Troy'. German-Welsh playing a Greek.
Nicole Kidman in 'Far and Away'. Another Aussie playing an Irish woman.
And my favorite example...
James Caan in 'Godfather', the ultimate Italian movie!! James Caan played an Italian mobster, and he is of Jewish-German decent. He doesn't really look Italian to me, but he did an amazing job in that role, enough that Coppolla didn't care that he was not of Italian decent.
I for one hope this movie rocks my socks off and silences all the casting knit-pickers out there. And that's all I have to say about that. ;) You are all now welcome to give your opinion.