Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Emily Is Just Too Pretty, to Put It Bluntly

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Emily Is Just Too Pretty, to Put It Bluntly

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Byline: Jess Denham

THE Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins has agreed with critics that Emily Blunt is "too beautiful" to play the lead role in the upcoming movie adaptation of her best-selling thriller.

Blunt stars as the self-destructive main character Rachel, who is described as an overweight alcoholic whose unremarkable looks are far from those of your average Hollywood actress. Her casting was met by cries of "but she's too pretty!" from fans of the book but, until now, Hawkins has kept mum on the issue.

"Everybody moans about, 'Oh, she's too beautiful to play Rachel' and she is," Hawkins said at the Chiswick Book Festival recently. "But the thing about Rachel ... you know the key part of her is her self-loathing and how bad she feels about herself.

"They've done their best, I mean to sort of make her look a bit sh*t, but you know..."

Fortunately, unconvincing looks aside, Hawkins has seen the film and described Blunt's performance as "extraordinary". …

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