Familiar Face in Feud
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve already heard about Feud, Ryan Murphy‘s six-part series about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford making Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. The series is based in part on the book The Divine Feud by Shaun Considine and a script called Best Actress written by Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen, best known for his work as one of the Funny Gay Males comedy troupe. The original script was written about a decade ago and was optioned by a few people – including Ryan Murphy, who at one time hoped to make it into a film. One actress heavily campaigned for a part. And that actress is – drum roll please – Faye Dunaway! Yes, 25 years after she played Crawford in Mommie Dearest, Dunaway wanted to reprise the role. The obvious question is why? After all, she regularly credits Mommie for ruining her film career. And that’s why she wanted to tackle the role again – to prove that the problem wasn’t her skills as an actress. No, it was the fault of the script, the director, the editors, the producers, and possibly the craft service people. The fact that nobody seriously considered her is all the more tragic, because I bet she would have been AMAZING.