What a delight it was to hear the background stories of Andrew Davies Austen movies at the 2011 JASNA in October! His reminiscences flowed until the session time was nearly over. Pride and Prejudice, he claimed, was the easiest to bring to screen. It seemed ready made for adaptation. The hardest Austen novel for him to screen write was Emma or the “little rich bitch,” as he dubbed her. Although he had little sympathy for his main character, I’d venture to say that he did quite well. We’ve been treated to several versions of Emma over the years, but Davies’ remains the most faithful…and Mark Strong the best Mr. Knightly of them all.
And here we come to the 2nd contest. The winner will get a signed copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It.
During the filming of Emma, a serious hitch developed because an important scene was not able to be filmed. The scene takes place at the Woodhouse estate and the entire family is present including Emma’s nieces and nephews. At one point the youngest niece, a baby, is handed around the room. For some inexplicable reason, the baby took exception to one of those who was to handle her and wailed every time that person held her. So, another baby was brought in to play the niece. The same thing happened with the same actor/actress. Time was running out. Finally Davies told a crew member to go to the local grocer’s and buy several bags of beans to be sewn into sacks made up to appear like a baby (from the back). The crew member ran to the grocer’s and bought the beans. Knowing his customer was from the film crew, the grocer was curious. “Why do you need all those beans?” The crew member replied, “We’re making a baby!”
Who was the actor/actress who scared babies?