Sunday, June 18, 2006

JENNY: Antagonist Troubles

We still haven't nailed down a placeholder for the antagonist, although we agreed that she turns into Maleficent at the end before something goes wrong and she turns into something else. But we need a lethal, sexual older woman first. Eileen wants Lee Remick. I said, "Susan Sarandon?" because I'm a huge Sarandon fan and I'm a big believer in respecting your antagonist, but Eileen nixed her. I can't remember who Krissie suggested because it was awhile ago, when we were in NYC, but here's a picture of us brainstorming (well, it's a picture of Eileen and Krissie brainstorming, I was taking the picture).
You'll notice it's a garden apartment, hence the basement wall, and we're writers, hence the two laptops, and it's the Village, hence the general all round air of coolness. And no, we still don't have a placeholder. For a long while, mine was Jessica Walters for whom I have tremendous respect, but she's just not the direction we ended up going, so I'm saving her for a later book. Now if I could just think of some dark-haired sultry bitch in her fifties that I have a great deal of respect for . . . You know, besides me.


Anonymous Omphale said...

Isabella Rossellini?

June 18, 2006 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angelica Huston? Helen Mirren (blond, but steely)? Jacqueline Bisset?

Cheers, Dayle

June 18, 2006 5:23 PM  
Anonymous amc said...

Mrs. Robinson?

June 18, 2006 7:52 PM  
Blogger djr said...

Sigorney Weaver?

June 18, 2006 7:58 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Madeline Albright. Wait, too old, and too liberal to be a villain, bless her Commie heart*.

I second Dayle's Angelica Huston vote. There's an antagonist I could get behind.

Oh wait! Stockard Channing. Or Kathy Bates, who comes across as so down-home and yet has that streak of total lunacy.

*Said with great fondness as a card-carrying Dem.

June 18, 2006 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Jill said...

Phyllis Diller as the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. OK, so she is over 50--use your imagination.

OLder Heroines fascinate ME

June 18, 2006 8:24 PM  
Blogger lokiwoman said...


June 18, 2006 9:38 PM  
Anonymous micki said...

Jackie BKOnassis? She wasn't evil, of course, but very strong, and I can just imagine what she'd be like if she had ever turned to the dark side.

I quite like the Cher one, too.

I thought of Connie Chung, too -- another strong woman (although you'd have to imagine the evilness, and which side of the family is your wicked witch from again? You'd have to imagine that cultural face on her, too. The strength of Connie Chung, the evilness of Queen Victoria and the face of Elizabeth Taylor in her 50s.)

(-: What the heck am I talking about here?

June 19, 2006 1:07 AM  
Anonymous Electric Landlady said...

Celeste Kane? Emily Gilmore? Oh wait, you said "sexual." *scrubs brain* Sophia Loren?

I like the Anjelica Huston option, circa Grifters.

June 19, 2006 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Diane said...

What about Diana Rigg? Perhaps a trifle older, but she wasn't always. I was recently watching her in PBS's Mystery!, a series where she not only hosted but was the Twenties era detective, whose name I have forgotten. She is usually benign, but also has an edge...

June 20, 2006 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Renee` Russo.. oozes sexuality while playing the cut-throat heroine in Thomas Crown Affair. I know what movie I'm watching tonight!

June 21, 2006 11:32 AM  
Blogger Lily said...

Bette Davis circa All About Eve? She's smart, sexy, bitchy, but world-weary.

June 21, 2006 12:54 PM  
Blogger Scope Dope Cherrybomb said...

The perfect dark-haired bitch is Joan Collins. I suppose she is too old for what you want. Then again she must have had about four face lifts by now so she could pass. OOH whose being bitchy now?

June 22, 2006 8:51 PM  

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