I read Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux while I was in the hospital, and Phantom by Susan Kay a few years back, and I love both of them. I was just thinking, that they never have Eriks (the Opera Ghost) face like it was in the book. In the book, he looked like a corpse. But in the musical and most of the movies, he's a burn victim or something. I like the half mask in the musical, but I prefer Erik completely disfigured. He seems whiny if he looks like Gerard Butler with a bad burn.
I was wondering why they do this, it's probably so people wont be distracted by Eriks face, or so they can more easily feel sorry for him. I think it is unnecessary. People still loved the Elephant Man. Then again, Erik is sort of psychotic, but people love psychos. Especially talented psychos like Hannibal. Erik is super talented. He can sing, write and play music, is an accomplished architect, ventriloquist (which would make a creepy scene, but I haven't seen this used in movies), etc.
I think the only movie I know of that followed the books description of Erik, is the one with Lon Cheney. It was 1925 and Lon Cheney wasn't too bad looking, and he got it right. Then again, the movie was in black and white, and the images are grainier (?) than todays images. But still, I think they could do the makeup properly without use of CGI. Though they would need a skinny actor. Oh my god, Doug Jones just came to mind, he does a ton of work in prosthetics and make-up.
While in the hospital, I imagined an animatronic Erik in a Jim Henson movie from the late 80's with Jennifer Conelly as Christine. I loved Labyrinth.
Also, if they are worried about people identifying with Erik because of his face, they have to find a really good actor who will work through the make-up. And good writing too. Good writing and actors is how people fall in love with characters no matter how evil they are. I think that is why I love every character on Oz.
I don't know why, but I had to say/type that.
In other news:
1. I got back into the course I was taking before I went to the hospital. It starts July 6th. Hopefully I can finish it before the internship -- that I might get into -- starts (I have an interview on Thursday). It's a free course, she said I could retake it after the internship if that happens.
2. Mar is either taking another job and moving into a townhouse, or taking a course and moving to another country to teach English. I'm happy for her, because she really hates her current job and apartment, and she has always wanted to travel. But she'll probably end up in a really hot country (she hates heat) and I don't think she's patient enough to be a teacher. Still, I hope everything will work out and she'll end up happy. Because she is one of the bitchiest people ever. Also, she'd have to get rid of her wonderful bed. It's huge and makes a person feel like royalty. It's too big for any of the bedrooms in our house.
3. Cockroach is volounteering at the place where the guy she is semi-stalking works.