Who would you want to play you? Of all the screen legends I'd probably opt for Steve McQueen or one of the French New Wave actors like Alain Delon or Roger Duchesne, star of the criminally neglected classic Bob le flambeur [Bob the Gambler].
These actors had the art of being effortlessly cool precisely because they never consciously tried to be cool (although McQueen liked to show-off by upstaging his co-stars).
If a director had the casting vote who would they pick?
In my case I reckon they might choose Norman Wisdom in his prime, maybe Stan Laurel, anyone prone to the pratfall or misunderstanding.
The guy who painted Blue Poles might be my choice but by the time my story gets interesting there will be a new slew of actors around so who knows. On second thoughts maybe I'd like someone like Basil Rathbone to play me. He did a great Sherlock Holmes and Holmes was always experimenting with the arts including writing. I am a bit of an historian as well as writer so that should be taken into account, too.
They're all different ages, but Meg Ryan (because of "type" and age), Jennifer Aniston (type and coloring). Possibly Sally Field, if her hair were lightened or Kelly Martin (if it was about my earlier days). The casting person would probably go with Jennifer Aniston (or else an unknown, of course).
although this is going to make me sound very conceited, but i've often fantasized about my life as a movie, sometimes. not because i think it would be like a blockbuster or anything like that. Or that i have self deluded dreams of stardom and fame. No, i just think of how great it would be, so people could finally understand me as a person.
Personally, i wouldn't mind seeing either jeremy piven play me in a movie, since he's not a freaking super model, but he looks more like a regular average looking guy. which is basically what i am. im not a great looking guy, but im certainly not ugly either. So he already has that look about him. then as far as acting speed goes, he was able to play a conservative, nerdy, neurotic guy in the HBO FILM, "Don King: Only in America." Which fits my personality to a "T" in real life. That's why if i had to pick one actor to play me, then I would pick him out.
plus, to add to that. i can see my dad being played by burt young, since he not only has the same look but his portrayal of paulie, in the "Rocky" series, is exactly how my dad is in real life. Then I would cast michelle yeoh to play my mom. she doesn't look exactly like my mom, but i think she could pull it off since she is a great asian actress.
my brother and the rest of my friends i've met over the years that played key roles in my life, whether good or bad, i'll have to think about it.
I think Drew Barrymore would do a good job of me, but I doubt if she would find the role up to her usual quality. In reality it would probably have to be some B-grade total unknown, maybe an unknown porn-star! not because there'd be much sex or anything, but just because they would be willing to speak my ridiculous lines and there would be absolutely no plot! :
I'm more the director guy, but if I had to play a role besides myself :-) it would be Holden Caulfield from J.D.Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. I read that book as a kid, and I never realized how much it impacted...