When you think of who should play Carole King in a biopic, who do you think of? It might be Alana Haim, one-third of the Haim sisters who made their starring debut in 2021’s Licorice Pizza . Or maybe it was Julie Benko, Fanny Brice’s understudy in the highly beleaguered production of “Funny Girl,” who weathered the Lea Michele/Beanie Feldstein storm with her head held high. Hmm. You may have envisioned Lea Michele or Beanie Feldstein as Carol. Or you might have imagined Jesse Mueller or Melissa Benoist, who are both non-Jewish but played Carol in the “beautiful” musical the biopic is based on.
Whoever it is, it’s probably not Daisy Edgar Jones, who just had the success of “Normal People” and “Where the Crawdads Sing” (a controversial novel adaptation that warrants an entirely separate blog post). was. 1 in 4 chances of the hottest polycures crashing into Silver LakeYet a month ago, a deal announced that it was exactly who was handpicked for the role of Carol. Chagrin of jewish woman wherever – or at least jewish woman upon twitter.
The casting of Edgar Jones comes at a time when conversations about non-Jewish women playing Jewish characters on screen reach a feverish pitch. There’s some speculation as to why Edgar Jones’ casting as Carole King feels particularly egregious.
First of all, it’s hard to imagine exactly why Edgar Jones was cast. For some reason, beyond the fact that market forces (a.k.a. studio executives) decided Edgar Jones was our It Girl. Second, Carole King looks undeniably Jewish. , there is something bigger than wild curly hair and a button nose. doing. I know she’s been sung by Flatiron enough times to prove it.
Unfortunately, I don’t think producer Tom Hanks will pull Edgar Jones out of the film.
Teach Daisy Edgar Jones how to be Jewish.
Hear me out here: Being a native culturally Jewish New Yorker has some very special feelings that Edgar Jones doesn’t think he’ll pick up for himself.British-born Daisy Can you imagine Edgar Jones convincingly speaking of his time at Queen’s College, Carroll’s alma mater? Edgar-Jones knows New York City well enough to understand the CUNY system Does she know what a knish is? If so, is there a correct way to eat it? (Clearly mustard is in the middle.)
Edgar Jones needs someone to guide her in all things Jewish, spiritual and material, a Jewish Sherpa to lead her to the top of the summit (or at least the Upper West Side). It’s common for studios to hire consultants for their characters, but let’s be honest, Edgar Jones needs one.yes edgar jones actress Being someone else is her whole deal, but she grew up in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods, culturally far from mid-century Flatbush. She seeks to portray an old-school world Jewish woman who no longer exists, with whom she has no cultural or personal ties.
Carole King has too much on her plate to take Daisy to Russ and Daughters or one of the city’s many other mouth-watering stores. The lady has already done enough for us.
On the other hand, I am from Queens where I was born and raised and nothing is happening. My parents and grandparents are from Brooklyn. That means I have all the necessary cultural background and necessary lived experience to pass on to Daisy. It benefits Daisy’s understanding of Carol’s curl patterns to prove it applies even to her one of my curl routines. All I ask in return is for her to introduce me to Paul Mescal.
The studio has nothing to lose here and everything to gain. Imagine if Edgar Jones could only pronounce “chutzpah” correctly, the movie would be critically acclaimed. To quote Angelica Pickles: Chew when you say it Consider Daisy and I Lesson 1. The second lesson dropped her off at Flatbush and brought her to Brill Her Building (famous for Carol recording many of her first hits her singles with her ex-husband Jerry Her Goffin). is to see if you can find a way to get to ).
It ends up covering big things: generational trauma and Jewish guilt. Ironically, when Daisy finally comes to grips with Judaism and, by extension, Jewish guilt, she will find the role better suited for someone else. I’ll release the calendar and fly off to Ibiza with the rest of the polycules. I didn’t say