Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Hanukkah Hotness, Night 5: Scarlett Johansson

This 5th night of Hanukkah is also Christ(ian Bale)mas Eve, so it's only right that the Hanukkah Hottie is Scarlett Johansson, Bale's co-star in The Prestige. Scarlet is Danish and Jewish.

Johansson is a queen of literary adaptations. In addition to The Prestige, based on the novel by English author Christopher Priest, she's been in:

The Girl With the Pearl Earring, a novel by Tracy Chevalier

The Other Boleyn Girl, a novel by Philippa Gregory

Ghost World, based on Daniel Clowes' comic book, and

The Nanny Diaries, a novel by Nicola Kraus and Emma MacLaughlin

...And these are just some highlights - there are others. The Prestige is my favorite, though. In the book, Olivia Wenscombe is a bit more of a vixen than Scarlett's version; when she first auditions as a magic assistant for Alfred Borden, he asks if she brought a costume. She says yes, and then proceeds to take off her clothes and has absolutely nothing on underneath. Her blatant seduction works, and they make love on a nearby couch. I wish that scene had made it into the movie. Also, if I had directed it instead of Christopher Nolan, there would have been an Olivia-Borden-Angiers threesome. It wouldn't fit the plot, but I don't care. Scarlett Johansson, Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman would all be naked.

Also, Scarlett released an album of Tom Waits covers. If that doesn't say "You go, Yiddish girl," I don't know what does.

Image: Tony Shek, Creative Commons license

Join me HERE on December 28th for a special Hanukkah post and giveaway.

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