Myrtle & Tom
Check out Isla Fisher in costume as Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby 3D (which isn’t the official title but the notion seems so ridiculous it may as well be) shooting in Australia opposite Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan and Tobey Maguire’s Nick Carraway. I think I might love her as Myrtle, just looking at her body language as they film a scene during which the two adulterers can’t keep their hands off each other. Her costume is a little obvious but the body language, I mean, for sure - that is a girl who is hungry for a higher station and dumb enough to believe his lies.
You know, Ben Affleck was supposed to be Tom Buchanan before dropping out due to scheduling conflicts. I was kinda looking forward to that. Not that Edgerton isn’t a fine actor. Of course he is. But the gossipy intrigue with Ben and that kind of storyline would have been irresistible, non? At one point Blake Lively was desperately trying to be Daisy too. OMG. If only she could actually act. She would have given us even better gossip.
As for Isla, I feel like the career, it kinda stalled for a while there, didn’t it? Trying to be the next Kate Hudson was a bad decision. Confessions of a Shopaholic was a brutal decision. But she was patient and now she’s pretty busy again. And there’s some variety in the work too. And sometimes you just need to wait it out. If you can afford to. The problem is so many of them can’t and are too insecure to not say yes to everything that gets put in front of them. This one isn’t stupid.