"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Helen Mirren is slated to play "... a former Mossad agent in a Hollywood remake of the Israeli film Ha-Hov (The Debt). In the original movie, directed by Assaf Bernstein based on a screenplay he co-wrote with Ido Rosenblum, the role was played by Israeli actress Gila Almagor. The Hollywood version will be directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), who has said, "Helen Mirren is the perfect choice for the central role - a national celebrity and retired Mossad agent, a formidable and dignified woman grappling with years of emotional disappointment, suddenly confronted by a powerful and unexpected choice."
Is Mirren Jewish? I leave the solution to this riddle to the usual verifiers. In their own good time, I daresay they will come around to analyzing the question according to their given criteria.
Until then, we'll just have to bide our time and bite our nails.
Gila Almagor, whose role Mirren will reprise, is a brunette, a well known Israel actress who played Avner's mother in Steven Spielberg's Munich.
And speaking of formidable ex-Mossad dames, have you heard about her?
She has been erroneously referred to as a political dove. She is by no means a Lefty, as some on the Right have tried to paint her. She is firmly and realistically planted within the Israeli mainstream, and her positions reflect that mindset (definitely not suicidal...).