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If you've seen the movie, I'll be interested to hear how, in your view, the movie measures up to the book.
Char's Horror Corner 5 years ago
The movie and the book are very, very close-not that you asked ME. :)
I think this is one of the rare cases where the incredible performances enhanced the story. I think I've read every Lehane book, (except The Drop, which I have but haven't read yet), and this is my favorite.
I was at this talk where he discusses how careful he is about who he allows at film his books. He's a fabulous speaker. http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/names/2012/10/03/Dennis-Lehane-true-and-funny-Hollywood-story/oKRgR3h4yDTqo2iNrY763N/story.html

Bugger. I can't get the link to work.
Perhaps because you have to have signed up with the Boston Globe to access their archvies?

Yes, I heard he's a great speaker. Good for him to actually have a say who gets to be involved with filming his books!
Hahaha.

"He [Eastwood] called me and was so sweet,” said Lehane. “He said, ‘Who were you thinking of for the character of Jimmy Markum?’ And I said, ‘Oh, I was thinking Russell Crowe.’ And he said, ‘I just hired Sean Penn.’ I was, like, ‘Well, Sean’s good.’ And then he said, ‘What about for Dave Boyle?’ And I said, ‘I really like this guy Liev Schreiber.’ And he said, ‘I don’t know who that is so I got Tim Robbins.’ It just went down the list like that."

So much for consultation, Hollywood style!
It was pretty hilarious. As far as he's concerned, once he gives the book to a producer, it no longer belongs to him. Which is why he is so very careful as to who he gives it to. He trusted Ben Affleck (as a fellow Bostonian) with Gone Baby Gone, and obviously had huge respect for Eastwood.
Char's Horror Corner 5 years ago
Thanks for posting the link! I'm so jealous that you were able to go listen to him speak. I would jump on that in a second, if I could.
Agreed, so would I.

One thing's for sure, he's lucked out so far with the adaptations of his books ... in no small part, doubtlessly, because he's been so careful in his choice of the people to whom he entrusts them in the first place.
I love his trilogy about Joe Coughlin but I don't know if he's entrusted those to anyone yet. I think they would make fabulous films.
That one's still on my TBR. And every time I'm looking at it, I think that I probably should move it up ...
Char's Horror Corner 5 years ago
Shoot, did the third one come out?

Shit, it did! I haven't read that one yet either. I loved the first two.
Drop everything and read it. Now!
Char's Horror Corner 5 years ago
I wish I could! Between review obligations and moving my TBR is being neglected!
Was it awesome?
Yep. A very satisfying conclusion.