Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Casting Confederacy

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

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Yesterday New York magazine's pop-culture website Vulture brought the ruckus when it reported comic Zach Galifianakis was "attached" to the latest attempt to bring A Confederacy of Dunces to a multiplex near you. Galifianakis is hardly the first Ignatius-attachment since Confederacy was published 31 years ago; the late Chris Farley, John Candy and John Belushi were all once "attached" (the curse of Ignatius?) and most recently the name Will Farrell was being bounced around.

Confederacy is one of those books that people sometimes describe as "unfilmable" (I think a four- or six-hour HBO miniseries would be better than a regular movie), but trying to cast it is a fun, fantasy-footballish exercise. Here's my list (note: Spud McConnell has aged out of Ignatius territory, at least in the movies):

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Ignatius
Jessica Lange as Irene Reilly
Estelle Parsons as Miss Trixie
Becky Allen or Amanda Hebert as Santa Battaglia
John Reilly as Patrolman Mancuso
Jessie Terrebonne as Darlene
Patricia Clarkson as Lana Lee
Damon Wayans Jr. as Jones
Neil Patrick Harris as Dorian Greene
Zooey Deschanel as Myrna Minkoff

Any better ideas?

(Here's our recent cover story on Confederacy and Butterfly in the Typewriter, the new biography of Confederacy's author, John Kennedy Toole.)

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