Illusions of Grandeur

Sept 1: New month, new thoughts. We’ve been back from our driving adventure nearly a month. The problem with adventure is, adventure is addictive. And so far I haven’t come up with anything to match the World Race. 

Fortunately I have a very active fantasy life, and it takes almost nothing to set it off. This can be very useful when you’re 76 years old. So, at least five readers have now said what a great movie The Long Road to Paris would make. One reader proposed Denzel Washington as the male lead, but I think our characters have enough problems without adding an inter-racial romance. Jan’s voting for Owen Wilson and my vote is Jessica Beal. She’s make the same feisty lead as she did in Easy Virtue. Wonder if she speaks French?

I’m not expecting any surprises here, but just for a mind-game, who do you think should play the roles of Ed and Marie-Claire? I’m waiting on your input before I start contacting studios. I’m sure they would listen to my advise!


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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13 Responses to Illusions of Grandeur

  1. Carla says:

    Anti-hero Colin Firth for character and the cute accent, combined with Sandra Bullock or if you want younger, Ann Hathaway. And yes, travel adventuring is highly addictive.

  2. Laurie Horn says:

    Juliette Binoche definitely for Marie-Claire or possibly Audrey Tautou (both speak French)
    Hmm. for Ed – I’d like to say George Clooney but won’t. He’s tougher– Several ideas, Hugh Jackman, Sean Penn, Ed Norton, Daniel Craig, Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem.
    Let me know, Ed – I’ll help you talk them into it…

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Laurie, please don’t wait on me. Any one of these that you can talk into even looking at our book as a screen play will do! Just go for it! You can become our publicist- or is that our Hollywood agent?

  3. Carla says:

    Excellent. I take mine back. Absolutely Audrey Tautou and Javier Bardem. And I hope we’re all invited to the premier party with the actors 😀

  4. Ewww, no, NOT Owen Wilson. Matthew McConnehey (sp?), now he would be a great Ed! I can see Jessica Biel as Claire.

  5. rdsieber says:

    Dream big, baby! Think millions and millions. “Baby” and “millions” are two great words to use in Hollywood.

    Ronald Sieber

  6. Susan Attermeier says:

    Yes Yes!! A Movie!! While in principle I would love to see a biracial romance with
    a hunkaburninlove like Denzel it could be problematic for the story because Russians and
    Chineese are fairly racist. For the female lead maybe Cate Blanchard. For the male
    how about the guy who played the lead in MI5? I’ve seen him play a lot of different types
    and he’s good.

  7. Nancy Deutsch says:

    None of the above. Definitely Brad Pitt and Carla Bruni (Sarkozy’s wife).

  8. Catherine says:

    What about Harrison Ford, a great adventure guy, and Meryl Streep, one of my all-time favorites?

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