After rejecting proposals from several other directors, Bob Dylan authorized Oscar-nominated Todd Haynes to make a biographical musical film about his life titled "I'm Not There." The film was named after a 1967 recording of a song that had not been released prior to appearing in the film's soundtrack. As a matter of fact, the only time Dylan's name appears in the film is during the song credits since none of the movie characters are actually named Bob Dylan!
"I'm Not There" tells the story of the legendary singer/songwriter by weaving together six different Dylan-inspired characters which represent various stages of his remarkable career. Five actors and one actress were featured in the film, including Richard Gere, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, and Christian Bale. When making the film, Hayes said "I set out to explode the idea that anybody can be depicted in a single self."
Have you ever wondered which actors and/or actresses might be chosen to play you in the movie about your life? What look or qualities would these actors need to possess in order to portray you accurately? What personality type would they represent? When I think about an actress that might portray me in a movie about my life, of course I gravitate toward beauties such as Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, or Kate Beckinsale (HA!). I might even choose all three since I definitely see how a variety of actors might be necessary to portray someone as multifaceted and "complicated" (as I was once described) as I am.
At the beginning of the Dylan film, a caption reads: "Inspired by the music and the many lives of Bob Dylan". How many lives or personalities do you depict? We all have many aspects to our personalities and other people often see us differently than we see ourselves. If someone was to describe you in one word, what would that word be? Would you like it or agree with it?
I have a collection of Story People prints (which I've purchased for myself) hanging on my wall, one of which says... "I think my life would be easier if I could just get my selves to agree on something." If I were to guess, the title of my movie might just be "It's Complicated."