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On with the Merryll Manning motley!
7/22/2010 3:02:46 AM
At the moment, I'm battling with the 4th Merryll Manning novel, namely "Merryll Manning On the Rim of Heaven".
I reluctantly decided to re-write the USA edition and put the novel back to the way I had originally envisaged it, long before plans for the movie were even mooted, let alone advanced.
In the British edition, a minor character plays the most substantial role (after Manning himself, of course) because John Meillon, a big star at the time -- he played the title role in "The Picture Show Man" -- was signed to play that particular character in the movie!
So his role had to be beefed up! And then some! Mind you, Meillon was good. No doubt about that!
But it was not what I originally had in mind.
Now I can put the novel back to a reasonable facsimile of my original draft, before making all the changes to accommodate the actors in the movie, including Ray Barrett who was cast as Manning (an excellent choice!), and John Ewart (another piece of wise casting) who played the priest.
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