Thursday , May 30 2024

“Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead…”

The “Susan Orlean” depicted in Adaptation is a female human who wrote The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsessionsimilarities end there:

    The movie Adaptation portrays real-life author Susan Orlean in so perversely inaccurate a manner that studio executives were ”terrified” that Orlean might halt the production, she says.

    Meryl Streep portrays Orlean in the film as a drug-taking adulterer who, among other shenanigans, posts topless photographs of herself on the Internet.

    None of that is true, insists Orlean…

    …But Orlean isn’t worried.

    ”The people who know me know what’s true and what’s not true,” she says. ”The people who read my work can probably guess what’s real and not real. The general public? Let’s hope they get it. And if they don’t, they won’t think I’m a real person. Or they’ll just think I’m wild.

    ”And in the general scheme of things, I’d rather be perceived as wild than boring.” [USA Today]

Now that is a good sport – of course, sales of her book won’t be hurt by the film either.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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