Some of our favorite movie characters have literary origins, but just how much do these onscreen representations mirror the original creative vision of the authors?
Below are some police sketches based on various physical descriptions throughout the books that gave us the now cinematic characters. I don't know about you, but I was pleasantly surprised at how accurate many of the castings decisions were.
Christian Grey - 'Fifty Shades of Grey' by E. L. James
Robert Pattinson + pinch tool = Christian Grey according to this police sketch!
Book Description: "So young—and attractive, very attractive. He's tall, dressed in a fine gray suit, white shirt, and black tie with unruly dark copper-colored hair and intense, bright gray eyes that regard me shrewdly."
Marla Singer - 'Fight Club' by Chuck Palahniuk
Helena Bonham Carter's enormous eyes and heart shaped lips are pretty on point as Palahniuk's Marla Singer.
Book Description: "Marla. Smoking her cigarette, Marla, rolling her eyes. Liar. Black hair and pillowy French lips. Faker. Italian dark leather sofa lips."
Lisbeth Salander - 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' by Stieg Larsson
Rooney Mara's delicate features and styling mirror Larsson's description of the enigmatic hacker beautifully.
Book Description: "Armansky's star researcher was a pale, anorexic young woman who had hair as short as a fuse, and a pierced nose and eyebrows. She had a wasp tattoo about an inch long on her neck, a tattooed loop around the biceps of her left arm and another around the left ankle. On those occasions when she had been wearing a tank top, Armansky also saw that she had a dragon tattoo on her left shoulder blade. She was a natural redhead, but she died her hair raven black. She looked as though she had just emerged from a week-long orgy of rockers."
Javert - 'Les Misérables' by Victor Hugo
Russell Crowe is definitely much more photogenic than the Javert described in Victor Hugo's novel who seems like the sort of beast you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley.
Book Description: "The human face of Javert consisted of a flat nose, with two deep nostrils, towards which enormous whiskers ascended on his cheeks. One felt ill at ease when he saw these two forests and these two caverns for the first time. When Javert laughed,—and his laugh was rare and terrible,—his thin lips parted and revealed to view not only his teeth, but his gums, and around his nose there formed a flattened and savage fold, as on the muzzle of a wild beast. Javert, serious, was a watchdog; when he laughed, he was a tiger. As for the rest, he had very little skull and a great deal of jaw; his hair concealed his forehead and fell over his eyebrows; between his eyes there was a permanent, central frown, like an imprint of wrath; his gaze was obscure; his mouth pursed up and terrible; his air that of ferocious command."
Lux Lisbon - 'The Virgin Suicides' by Jeffrey Eugenides
The juxtaposition of Lux's coquettish and flirtatious personality with her cherubic face made Kristen Dunst a great casting choice for The Virgin Suicides.
Book Description: "They were short, round buttocked in denim, with roundish cheeks that recalled that same dorsal softness. Whenever we got a glimpse, their faces looked indecently revealed, as though we were used to seeing women in veils. No one could understand how Mr. and Mrs. Lisbon had produced such beautiful children."
Tom Ripley - 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' by Patricia Highsmith
Kudos to this casting director, Matt Damon is practically perfect for the role.
Book Description: Unable to find a PDF of the book.
Daisy Buchanan - 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Carey Mulligan's look is a departure from the streamlined features that Daisy Buchanan sported in Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby.'
Book Description: "Daisy’s face, tipped sideways beneath a three-cornered lavender hat, looked out at me with a bright ecstatic smile. Is this absolutely where you live, my dearest one?’ The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain. I had to follow the sound of it for a moment, up and down, with my ear alone before any words came through. A damp streak of hair lay like a dash of blue paint across her cheek and her hand was wet with glistening drops as I took it to help her from the car."
Jack Torrance - 'The Shining' by Stephen King
Jack Nicholson's representation of Torrence really captures the intensity of his look that King tried to convey through his writing. Check out some of the wonderful performance below:
Book Description: Unable to find a PDF of the book.
Annie Wilkes - 'Misery' by Stephen King
Kathy Bates seems to have been literally made for this movie.
Book Description: "She was a big woman who, other than the large but unwelcoming swell of her bosom under the gray cardigan sweater she always wore, seemed to have no feminine curves at all — there was no defined roundness of hip or buttock or even calf below the endless succession of wool skirts she wore in the house (she retired to her unseen bedroom to put on jeans before doing her outside chores). Her body was big but not generous. There was a feeling about her of clots and roadblocks rather than welcoming orifices or even open spaces, areas of hiatus. Most of all she gave him a disturbing sense of solidity, as if she might not have any blood vessels or even internal organs; as if she might be only solid Annie Wilkes from side to side and top to bottom. He felt more and more convinced that her eyes, which appeared to move, were actually just painted on, and they moved no more than the eyes of portraits which appear to follow you to wherever you move in the room where they hang. It seemed to him that if he made the first two fingers of his hand into a V and attempted to poke them up her nostrils, they might go less than an eighth of an inch before encountering a solid (if slightly yielding) obstruction."