If My Life Were a Movie

What if your life were a . . .  movie?

OK, I agree . . . that’s a highly implausible possibility, but who says we can’t be dreamers? I’m not one for self-indulgence, but every now and then, it’s fun to imagine what my life would be like if it were a movie . . .

Cast List

Female Lead (playing me)

  • First choice: Emma Stone
  • Second choice: Anna Kendrick
Reason for choices: No actress who is my age has handled dorkiness (House Bunny), drama (The Help), or comedy (Superbad) better than Emma Stone. She’s miles prettier than I am, but I couldn’t imagine anyone else able to play me. My second choice is Anna Kendrick because she’s great at playing awkward. And well, sometimes, I am just awkward.

Male Lead (playing opposite me)

  • First choice: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Second choice: John Krasinski
Reason for choices: Who else but Joseph Gordon-Levitt? I love him in every film he’s in. I think he brings something new and fresh to the table in all of his roles. That, and he’s hot. John Krasinski looks like the everyday guy that almost any girl wouldn’t mind falling in love with. I know I wouldn’t mind.

Dear ‘Ol Dad

  • First choice: Colin Firth
  • Second choice: Steve Carell
Reason for choices:  After seeing Colin Firth in What a Girl Wants, I knew I would be perfectly fine if he were my dad. On the other hand, Steve Carell is an entirely different choice. He can make the littlest things entertaining, yet he still has an endearing side to him that would make him an excellent father figure.

Mother Dearest

  • First choice: Susan Sarandon
  • Second choice: Meryl Streep
Reason for choices: It’s hard to describe what it is about Susan Sarandon that assures me she would make the perfect mom. She just seems like she’d be an awesome, fun mom. Meryl Streep is my second choice–I think I’d like her just for all her cooking in Julie & Julia, even though Julia’s a character. She seems like someone who’d have a lot of wisdom to offer.

Really Strange, But Awesome Sibling

  • First choice: Andy Samberg
  • Second choice: Adam Scott
Reason for choices: Andy Samberg embodies “strange, but awesome,” in my opinion. He has a bit of a douchey side to him in most movies he’s been in, yet he’s hilarious as heck on Saturday Night Live. Between Parks and Rec and Friends with Kids, I could only imagine Adam Scott as the perfect second choice to play a funny, but awesome older brother character.  

Crazy Uncle

  • First choice: Jim Carrey
  • Second choice: Jack Black
Reason for choices: Jim Carrey is known to be one crazy, hilarious dude, although I think he has a great handle on dramas too. He’s great at playing a variety of characters. Is it really necessary for me to explain either of my choices in this category? You tell me!

Villain of the Story

  • First choice: Ryan Seacrest
  • Second choice: Kristen Stewart
Reason for choices: Ryan Seacrest may sound like a nutty first choice for the villain, but one has to imagine he has to have some anger and frustration from hosting American Idol. Plus, I’d love to see the guy let loose and go crazy. Kristen Stewart . . . she already has the face down. She looks angry at the world.

Comic Relief

  • First choice: Aziz Ansari
  • Second choice: Neil Patrick Harris
Reason for choices: Aziz Ansari is hilarious. Few will ever deny this. Although I had a rather late introduction to him (30 Minutes or Less), he is comedy gold. From being an avid fan of How I Met Your Mother, I’ve learned that Neil Patrick Harris is one of the funniest dudes out there. Either making cameos or playing some small role as comic relief would be awesome.

Director

  • First choice: Marc Webb
  • Second choice: Nancy Meyers
  • Third choice: Cameron Crowe
Reason for choices: I’m still really all over the place with who I would choose as director. Hence, why I chose three different people. Marc Webb is responsible for directing one of my favorite movies of all time, and many of you already know what that is–(500) Days of Summer. For someone to incorporate that much reality into a film, with well-developed characters, yet somehow still include a musical dance number and make a film as endearing as it is? I can’t imagine a better director. Nancy Meyers is another fun choice because I’ve very much enjoyed several of her films, especially The Holiday and It’s Complicated. I think she really knows how to make a full, in-depth film with a female protagonist without making it feel too chick-flicky or overly romantic. She seems to be one of the few female directors out there who really has a specific vision, and when you see the film, you know that it’s a Nancy Meyers film. My final choice is Cameron Crowe. He would have been my first choice if I thought he could incorporate more comedy, but I see Crowe as a director who has a lot of heart and definitely some drama. And that’s what I love about him.

Film Composer

  • First choice: Hans Zimmer
  • Second choice: Nancy Wilson
  • Third choice: Henry Jackman
Reason for choices: Hans Zimmer is a master. He’s brilliant at developing new, ear-catching themes that outlast even some of the films he has scored for. Ultimately, Zimmer is my first choice to score a film. Nancy Wilson, although more of a rocker with far less experience, is still a talented musician with the ability to create a beautiful score, such as her work for Elizabethtown. Henry Jackman may sound like a strange third choice–I mean, why shouldn’t I choose someone far more experienced, like James Newton Howard or Alan Silvestri or Danny Elfman, all of whom I love? Jackman may has less experience, but he’s great at what he does. And he’s newer to the film score drawing board, similarly matching myself in that I’m still young. After falling in love with his work on X-Men: First Class score, I decided he would be a great back-up plan.

Theme Song

  • First choice: “Uncharted,” by Sara Bareilles
  • Second choice: “Ironic,” by Alanis Morisette
Reason for choices: I’m not as great as coming up with a good theme song. Instead of thinking long and hard about it, I just picked a couple songs in my library that I like a lot. I think both songs describe a lot of my own feelings about my life, so that’s helpful. I guess I could have chosen “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness. Wahaha.

Genre

  • Primary genre: Comedy
  • Secondary genre: Drama
  • Optional addition: Musical number
Reason for choices: No matter how I look at my life, through the big highs and lows, there always seems to be someone who finds things about me hilarious. I’ve always been attracted to people with a good sense of humor, comedy TV shows and movies, and I’ve even attended a small share of stand-up comedy.

What can I say? Sometimes I think the greatest escape to reality is surrounding yourself with people and media that can make you laugh. Anyone who knows me well knows that I’ve also had my share of drama. And I mean, honestly, whose life doesn’t at least have a little unwanted drama in it? And just because I love musicals so much, I think there just has to be musical number thrown in, just for good measure.

I tried to think of some nifty titles, but nothing came to mind. So I guess all of THAT will just have to do. I must admit, I had a tons of fun putting this together. So now, it’s YOUR turn, people!

If your life were a movie, who would you cast as yourself? and opposite you? Any specific director or cinematographer or costume designer you’d demand? What kind of genre would it be? Share it, or copy and paste mine and fill it in with your own choices! Add and take away what people you would include. What do you think of my choices? 

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20 thoughts on “If My Life Were a Movie

  1. Man, this is a comprehensive breakdown of your life’s movie. I’ve never seen anyone determine the actual genre of their autobiographical film. I like it! I’m impressed! And Emma Stone is, of course, a badass.

    As for me all I can say is, well, there’s a reason Michael Cera and/or Jesse Eisenberg keep taking roles where their names are………Nick.

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  2. I am not sure completely but I would love Brooke Elliot to play me, and my movie would definitely be a drama. I agree Colin Firth would be the perfect father character, and Howard Shore or Philip Glass would be my pick for film composer.

    I am a little surprised that Amanda Bynes wasn’t one of your picks for your character.

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    • Brooke Elliot would be awesome to play you, man! I’m not surprised at all that you would choose Howard Shore to score. He’s basically amazing.

      Amanda Bynes was definitely not an afterthought, but I prefer the pre-Easy A Amanda Bynes. After that she went off the deep end and decided she wasn’t going to act anymore. So yeah, I decided not to go with her.

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  3. I would have to be played by Logan Marshall-Green because we actually look alike (though he is in much better shape) and the female lead should be Scarlett Johansson because, well, my wife looks a fair bit like her.
    I would demand that Michael Shannon be in the film in some way as well as Louis CK. In fact, Louis could even write/direct it because his style of humor really meshes with me.

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    • Ooo, nice choice, Andy! Just saw him in Prometheus this past weekend. Wow, you and your wife must be one fantastic looking couple!!

      I really like your choices, Andy. Thanks for commenting!!

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  4. Awesome idea for a post! Really hope Nancy Meyers doesn’t direct yours though. It will end up all mushy and predictable! I hope webb takes up your offer. Can’t wait to see you as Stone and Samberg as your brother. That’s quite a cast! I’m going to have to have a long, hard think about this and do a post just like it! Stone and Levitt is going to be some sizzling sexiness! Hope I can come up with something as good as this!

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    • Thanks, Pete – I’d love to see you post a similar one sometime! Haha, not much of a Nancy Meyers fan, eh? Ahh, I don’t think she’s THAT mushy. Maybe just a little, haha. Thanks – I would LOVE for Webb too. I think he’s brilliant.

      Hehe, I would agree – both Stone and Gorgon-Levitt are pretty sexy. I’m sure you can and that you will!

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  5. Awesome idea for a post Kristin. I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes some of blogathon or something 😉 You obviously put a lot of thought into this and it’s great to know more about you through it.

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  6. Great post! I actually saw Rich from Wide Screen World do this a while but when he invited me to join I said, well, there’s not enough Asian in Hollywood to play me. But if there were, I’d want Gerry Butler, Tom Hardy, Rufus Sewell, etc. to be in a movie about me, ahah.

    In any case I LOVE this idea for a post and you put a lot of thought into this. I think I’d want someone like Patrick Doyle to be the composer 😀

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    • Thanks, Ruth! You’re kidding – you’d want Gerry Butler in your film – NO WAY!! Haha, sorry, couldn’t help myself there 🙂

      Hmm, you’re right . . . there aren’t enough Asians in Hollywood. I’ll have to think long and hard about that to see if I can come up with some. Patrick Doyle would be an excellent composer – nice choice!

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  7. Whenever someone asks me, who would play me in the movie of my life, I’m always stumped! Really in awe of your creativity to create a whole movie here. Amazing work. Wholly approve of all of your choices, especially director and male lead!

    I might be tempted to get someone like Daft Punk or The Chemical Brothers to take hold of the scoring duties. Just to shake things up. But I have a feeling, they’d have to be a Hall & Oates song thrown in there for me.

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    • I think it’s hard to find someone in Hollywood that mirrors a good deal of your personality. For me, Emma Stone is quite the dork in a lot of her films, so that’s why I chose her. But before her, I’d have a hard time coming up with few people who could play me. Glad you approve of my choices, Jaina!! Is it possible to not like JGL? I submit not!

      Ooo, I love that – Daft Punk or The Chemical Brothers would definitely make a rocking score. See, you have some creativity in you after all, Jaina! Looking forward to checking out all your upcoming posts!

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    • Haha, really, Scott? Why thanks! Haha – yeah, I’m a bit of a dork like that. I enjoy watching people play against type.

      Wow, thanks. That means a lot! Looking forward to discussing film with you in more depth on both our sites! I plan to – thanks!

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    • Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy it. You’re catching me at a very busy time right now, but I try to post as often as possible. Hope you enjoy what you find 🙂 Thanks for the feedback!

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