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Jane Fonda blogs about This Is Where I Leave You movie based on Jonathan Tropper's book

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How did I miss this! Back on May 15th  I blogged about the making of the movie This Is Where I Leave You based on Jonathan Tropper's eponymous novel totally missing the fact that Jane Fonda was playing Judd's newly widowed mother. And was blogging about it on the very same day. I had no idea Jane Fonda was online ... she's on twitter too. I just love that!

It wasn't until I actually started reading the novel yesterday and got to Judd's description of his mother and went online to find out which actor was playing her that I realized my major brain lapse. 

Check out how Tropper - who wrote the script as well - has Judd describe his mother in the novel ...
"Her hair, gray at the roots and auburn everywhere else, is pulled into a tight bun. Her black suit is formfitting and, as always, she's showing way too much surgically enhanced cleavage. The height of her stiletto heels, like the diameter of her breast implants, is inappropriate for both her age and the occasion."
Add the fact that this scene takes place at her dead husband's funeral AND that his mother is a very famous child psychiatrist and celebrated parenting book author, and tell me Ms. Fonda isn't perfect for the part ...

To read what Fonda herself has written about her first day of shooting on the movie -and a lot more cool stuff - at janefonda.com

Jane Fonda, "This Is Where I Leave You" director  
Shawn Levy and Tina Fey (Fonda's daughter Wendy)
Image Credit: janefonda.com

Here's a snippet where she talks about working with Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll who play her kids.
I feel like a Martian. Their rhythm, what they laugh at, even their language all seem foreign to me which is intriguing and just how it should be for the film. The mother (me), a tad narcissistic, has sort of lost touch with her kids emotionally — though she’s full of love, she doesn’t understand them, nor they her.
I love that she's not only not afraid to use her own feelings of being an outsider in their ensemble in her work; she actually embraces the challenge.  

Jane Fonda in Klute
I have to admit to a Fonda bias because I met the legendary liberal actor back in the early 70's at a party celebrating the mistrial of Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case. I was a blithering starstruck idiot blurting that I loved her in Klute and wanted to be just like her. I recall her laughing - not unkindly - and reminding me her character was a call girl. 

Oh, it was horrible. I have no idea what I was talking about. Didn't then and I still don't, unless I meant her character's stunning wardrobe or chic shag haircut. Or perhaps I meant I wanted to be just like Fonda, the beautiful activist actor -I would have definitely said 'actress' back then, I'm going to try to use the gender neutral term 'actor' more often these days - who had it all. I'd like to think the latter but I don't know ... my 20 year old self would have loved to rock Fonda's look in Klute!

The film doesn't have a release date yet - it's still shooting - but I'll keep you posted.

Updated to add the trailer released on May 28th which happens to be my birthday. Just saying'. It looks fantastico, no?

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  1. I've not been blogging much lately and thus not visiting other blogs--I can't believe I missed your original post about the Tropper adaptation (and goodness knows how many other books-into-film bits of news!).

    I really liked this book and I think it will make a good film--especially with that cast. One of the things I liked best about the book was its humor, so I'm glad that Tina Fey has been cast.

    1. I hear her voice in Wendy's character; great casting. I'm excited about Timothy Ollyphant as Horry, Wendy's former brain-damaged boyfriend.

  2. I imagine I would blather too if I met Jane Fonda. Great photos.

  3. Jane Fonda's autobiography is excellent. She has had a hard life despite being a famous actress. I really admire her and what she is doing now.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I need to read it. I've always liked and admired her for creating a life outside of the movie industry. After a personal crisis that had me eating my way through life and sent my weight skyrocketing back in the late 70's, I eventually discovered her exercise videos. She was my personal trainer, her energy and spirit kept me going and I got back to being me. There are lots of exercise materials that might have worked but hers is the one that worked for me. I'll always be grateful to her for that. I'm also aware that her life had its share of personal tragedy; her mother committed suicide when she was a girl and that her father was somewhat distant and removed. Not easy stuff to overcome and move forward from! For anyone interested reading the comments, the autobiography is called Jane Fonda; My Life So Far. Thanks again Linda; I'll check it out.


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