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My Book, The Movie: What the Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard #book2movie

My Book the Movie

I am so pleased to present another edition of My Book, The Movie; a Guest Blog Post where I invite authors to imagine Hollywood came calling and wanted to turn their book into a film. 
Yesterday, I posted my review on What the Dog Ate,  a terrific book, by Jackie Bouchard. Today I'm really happy to share Jackie's thoughts on her dream cast.  I'd love to hear what Jackie's readers think about her choices—can you say Bradley Cooper—yum!

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My Book, The Movie: What the Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard
I was so excited to hear about Sim’s blog (what a great topic for a blog!), and was even more excited when she asked me to write a guest post revealing my dream cast for What the Dog Ate.

I can’t imagine there’s an author out there who didn’t, at some point along the slow journey toward a finished book, imagine which actors would best embody his/her characters. It’s such a fun fantasy. However, for What the Dog Ate, I imagine it will remain a fantasy, since the main character, Maggie, is north of 40, and Hollywood doesn’t seem very keen on movies with 40-something heroines. But, hey, maybe Lifetime will come calling… A girl can dream.

So, while I’m dreaming, here’s my dream cast:

For Maggie, a 5’9”, 41-year-old redhead, I have always pictured Debra Messing. She’s lovely and funny and seems like a nice person, and she’d be fabulous at pulling off Maggie’s vulnerability. And, at 5’8”, she’s practically even the perfect height!

(I noticed while looking up her picture and height that Ms. Messing is 44, so, hey, Hollywood – call me! We need to get going on this project!)

It looks as though she’s a dog lover as well, which is definitely important when playing the part of a woman who puts her life back together with the help of her chocolate Lab.

She’ll be getting a lot of kisses on set . . . mainly from her canine co-star.

For Maggie’s best friend, Helen, I’ve pictured Holly Hunter from day one, but with a silky, blonde bob haircut. Helen is in her early fifties and in killer shape, just like Ms. Hunter. I never mention in the book that Helen just might have a Southern accent like Ms. Hunter, but in my head, I always heard Helen’s lines being said with a slight twang.

For the gentlemen in Maggie’s life, let’s start with Brian. This was the hardest role to cast! Brian is thirty, but looks much older due to his thinning hair. It seems as though it’s next to impossible to find an actor that looks older than they really are. In fact, when I tried—out of desperation—to run a Google search on “actors who look older than they are,” Google assumed (rightly?) that I was an idiot and returned a list of “actors who look younger than they are.” Thanks for helping out, Google.

The only actor I could think of who sometimes looks his age is Joel McHale (from Community) because his hair is thinning a bit.

But… he’s skinnier and funnier than I picture Brian being, so instead, I think I’ll go with Ryan McPartlin, Dr. Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb of Chuck fame. I think he could pull off playing a thirty-year-old (he’s 37) and if necessary, they could age him a little with some premature gray streaks. Besides, who wouldn’t want to share the set with this handsome man?! I know I’d like to. (I get to be on set while they’re filming right? I mean, this is my fantasy after all.) And just so Joel doesn’t feel left out, I’ll put him in the role of Maggie’s brother, Kevin.

That leaves Russell. While I was writing the part of Russell, I pictured a younger, fitter Russell Crowe—which is where I came up with his name. I hate to say it Mr. Crowe, but you are ten years too old and ten pounds too paunchy to be Russell anymore. (Please forgive me. At least I didn’t say twenty pounds . . .)

So, now, my perfect Russell would be (drum roll please because this man needs a drum roll . . .): Bradley Cooper. Just the right mix of funny and sexy to pull off Russell!
(Can we get a casting couch in here, please!?)

Now, if we could just lock in Betty White for Maggie’s Gram, I’d think I died and went to heaven!

If you’ve read What the Dog Ate, what do you think? Did you picture someone completely different in any of the roles? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thank you so much to Sim for letting me indulge in this fantasy on her blog!’’

Thanks, Jackie! It was fun having you. 


  1. I love all your picks -- well, I don't know the Chuck actor, but the others seem like they'd definitely fit into a movie that I'd want to watch. I did not think of Bradley Cooper and Debra Messing as the same age -- that must be the ageist in me coming out because of the way Hollywood plays them.
    This cast of characters makes me want to read the book. So I'm ordering it.
    Great post, great meme.

    1. Okay, just found out it's not available on Kindle, so my order will have to wait for awhile.

  2. It is available on Kindle! There are links to all the various places you can order it on my web site, www.jackiebouchard.com.

    I think Bradley is a wee bit younger than Debra, but so is Russell compared to Maggie.

    Thanks for letting me know about Sim's blog via Fiction That Sells!

    1. Jackie, Found the book on Kindle and bought it. Weird that I couldn't find it when I went straigth to Amazon. Can't wait to get started.

  3. Thanks again, Sim!! This was so much fun!

    1. I'm adding your link to the post, Jackie so people can contact you directly if they want to buy the book. I meant to include it like I did on the review.

  4. Oh, be still my heart. Bradley would make a fantastic Russell, and I'm happy to help you with those rehearsals...

    I think you nailed the cast, Jackie, and now I'll just have to read your fabulous book again and imagine these actors.

  5. I love Debra Messing! She's always good at playing sassy gals with vulnerability. Sounds like she'd be perfect to play your heroine, Maggie!

    And hey, I think Joel McHale is hot as heck, even with his thinning hair.

    You know my feelings on Bradley Cooper, so I'm going to have to do my own casting of Russell. :)

    Fun post, Jackie!

  6. Good casting! But what about that canine co-star? Better start studying up on Hollywood's chocolate labs who could play Kona.

    I think you should write Deborah Messing a letter and send her this link. You've been talking about her in the role of Maggie ever since you started the book. Maybe she'd love it!


    1. Hmmm. Good idea! Forget about waiting for Hollywood to call. Go straight to the actor instead!

    2. Terry is right that a good many projects get made because of the star attached. You could send her a copy of the book in care of her agency. I think she's with the Gersh Agency in L.A. but no idea who. Or since this is 2012 you could try tweeting the link!

  7. This movie needs to be made NOW! I love all of your casting choices (big fan of Joel McHale so I cast my vote for him as Brian.) I'm not done with the novel yet (Nano is slowing me down!) but I've loved it from the first pages and I am soooo enjoying this journey with Maggie and Kona!!

  8. THANKS for all the comments on What the Dog Ate. It's clear Jackie has some devoted fans; it was great having you visit.


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