Mortdecai Question #5 - Johanna

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Mortdecai Question #5 - Johanna

Unread postby Liz » Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:20 pm

Johanna, Johanna.

What did you think of her?

How did you envision her while reading the book?

Was Gwyneth a proper casting choice?

Would you have casted someone else?
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Re: Mortdecai Question #5 - Johanna

Unread postby nebraska » Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:06 pm

Book Johanna wasn't around much, perhaps she is like Book Jock in that she may have a bigger part in the other books I haven't read. She reminded me more of someone like Amber in the book -- while Gwyneth portrayed a more mature version. I thought she did fine in the movie, she and Johnny seemed to have the appropriate chemistry. Once again, she had a rather minor role in the movie overall. I don't know who else would have done it better.

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Re: Mortdecai Question #5 - Johanna

Unread postby Liz » Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:16 pm

Although Johanna had more air time in the movie, I think Gwyneth made Johanna come to life for me. I thought she was very much like the Johanna in the book. Gwyneth was not how I pictured Johanna physically. But her personality was right on for me.

I'm not sure I liked Johanna, though, in the book or the movie. She seemed too cold to me. I like that she was independent and unwavering about the moustache, but at the same time, I felt sorry for Charlie that he didn't have the freedom to grow his moustache the way he wanted to.
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Re: Mortdecai Question #5 - Johanna

Unread postby fireflydances » Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:38 pm

I must admit that I was quite sorry that there wasn't more Johanna in the book. Within moments of meeting her the whole thing between her and Charlie clicked in my head and I waited for more mink, more descriptions by Charlie of his ravishing wife. Loved the way she could rebuff him and keep him panting after her. And I loved the way Jock called her madam -- lots underneath a word like that. She was most definitely the madam in that household!

I don't know that my sense book Johanna is at all different from movie Johanna, which I would attribute to the fact that as soon as I lay eyes on Gwyneth as Johanna the two characters merged in my head. Everything about her seemed perfect to me -- the certain shade of blond, the way she smiled -- not loose, sort of polished, just struck me as right. Definitely a type of woman that would take cuddly Charlie in hand. Here's a nice line from near the end of the book:

"Oh, Charlie dearest, I meant to be unfaithful to you, out of spite I guess, but when it came to the crunch I just couldn't. Anyway, all the men were so lean and muscular and bronzed and, well, I guess I kind of got used to a cuddly guy. Oh Charlie darling, I'd love to cuddle up with you right this moment and smother you with burning kisses and eat you all up, every scrap."
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