Reader Friday: The Role of a Lifetime

You just landed a starring role in the remake of one of your favorite movies. 

What is the name of your  character?

Or:

Give us a line from the script.

Let us guess the movie! 

Bonus points if it’s a book-to-film adaption.

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Sue Coletta is an award-winning crime writer and an active member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Feedspot and Expertido.org named her Murder Blog as “Best 100 Crime Blogs on the Net” (2018-2021). She also blogs at the Kill Zone (Writer's Digest "101 Best Websites for Writers" 2013-2021). Sue lives with her husband and two spoiled guinea pigs in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and writes two psychological thriller series (Tirgearr Publishing) and true crime/narrative nonfiction (Rowman & Littlefield). And recently, she appeared on the Emmy award-winning true crime series Storm of Suspicion, and will be a panelist at the 2021 New England Crime Bake. Learn more about Sue and her books at https://suecoletta.com

86 thoughts on “Reader Friday: The Role of a Lifetime

  1. “Your God gathers in the good ones, and leaves the living for those of us who fail.”

  2. “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?’

  3. I’ll tell you what: until I get back my five thousand dollars, you’re gonna get more than you bargained for. I’m your goddamn partner!

  4. “It’s 106 miles to Chicago. We’ve got a full tank of gas. Half a packet of cigarettes. It’s dark. And we’re wearing sunglasses.”

    “Hit it.”

  5. Hmmm…unlike most people I’m not much of a movie watcher. Growing up, spending money on a movie was a luxury purchase & we didn’t have luxuries in those days, so I just never got into watching movies extensively, even in this modern era where they are easier to access. But I watched a lot of TV.

    And I despise remakes of anything, with rare exception, so I wouldn’t want a starring role in a remake.

    So I’ll leave it with a line from my all-time favorite movie, which will probably be plainly obvious to everyone:

    “Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most….human.”

      • My apologies for pulling my nerd card here. Natasha/Black Widow to Steve/Captain America in AVENGERS: ENDGAME. It’s early in the film, five years after half of all life everywhere died courtesy of the bad guy, and the surviving heroes who failed to stop it are massively depressed.

        I don’t have a favorite film, but this is the only movie I’ll rewatch at least part of when it’s on TV. So much stuff going on! So many hunky guys in leather! Plus, who wouldn’t want to be Black Widow, butt-kicking rolemodel for all short women?

  6. “I shall never forget the weekend [M.C.] died. A silver sun burned through the sky like a huge magnifying glass. It was the hottest Sunday in my recollection. I felt as if I were the only human being left in New York. For with [M.C.]’s horrible death, I was alone.”

    I was cast as the character who says that line for a stage performance of the work in question. A local series of murders as rehearsals began resulted in cancellation of the play as too violent by the venue owners, a religious organization.

    • Thanks, Deb. Sorry I’m late. We’re in the middle of a major heatwave and I could only stay in my office for so long.

      Great line! But I’m stumped.

  7. I hate to think of having just one favorite movie. The film I’ve seen most often (I use it to go to sleep by) has been mentioned and quoted on this blog so many times that I would have to use an obscure line for no one to guess it, and even then it’s still pretty guessable.

    An early, but important, line from a minor character: “Perhaps tomorrow we’ll be on that plane.”

    Or: “You despise me, don’t you?”

    One of my personal favorites: “I like to think you killed a man. It’s the romantic in me.”

    It’s disturbing how much of this movie I can quote off the top of my head.

  8. “A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults.”

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