In this morning's Newsday, there was an article about the Lonely Hearts case, since the detective Elmer Robinson (and ultimately, the film's director, his grandson), lived on Long Island. The article made note that Martha Beck weight "over 200 lbs.", making her, to the public, an even uglier, more detestable character. Seems we haven't lost our feelings about large women -- women of size are so ugly and detestable in Hollywood (and I guess they feel that's true of the entire country), that they couldn't cast a woman of size to play one! Same was true of Michelle Pfeiffer playing on film a role originated by Kathy Bates ("Frankie & Johnny"). I'm sure there are countless others.
Salma's a great actress and beautiful inside and out, but in historical films, I think accuracy should trump "box office beauty."
Great post, Tracey. I couldn't agree more. I think it just says a lot about our culture today that we have to substitute substance for commercial success. Why was it acceptable for Hollywood to make the Honeymoon Killers back in the 60's with a more accurate portrayal of Martha and it's not acceptable today?