Wednesday, January 1, 2014

M. A. Lawson's "Rosarito Beach"

M. A. Lawson is the author of nine novels in the Joe DeMarco thriller series (writing as Mike Lawson) and the newly released Rosarito Beach.

Here Lawson dreamcasts an adaptation of Rosarito Beach:
Who would I pick to play Kay Hamilton, the tough, sexy, somewhat abrasive protagonist in Rosarito Beach? I didn’t have a specific actress in mind when I was writing the book and choosing one isn’t easy because in this case, age and looks matter. To match the character in the book, the actress has to be about thirty years old – that’s really important – tall and blond. She has to look good in the scenes when she’s taking on the bad guys, but in one particular scene, she has to be an absolute knockout when she’s all dressed up. And she has to project attitude. Jennifer Lawrence would be ideal in that she’s tall and blond like Kay Hamilton, but Jennifer is only twenty-three. Amy Adams might work. She thirty-nine – just a bit too old (no offense Amy) – but the bigger problem is she comes across as too sweet (again, no offense Amy). Katherine Heigl could do it – has the looks – is about the right age - but she’d have to “toughen-up” for the role as she’s too associated with comedies. In other words, she’d have to be edgier than when she played Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money. I think I’m going to have to leave the final decision on who plays Kay Hamilton to Hollywood.
Learn more about the author and his work at Mike Lawson's website.

Writers Read: M. A. Lawson.

The Page 69 Test: Rosarito Beach.

--Marshal Zeringue