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why does the Norma/Joe "romance" have to make "sense" age-wise?
Last Edit: Chazwaza 05:09 pm EDT 04/15/21
Posted by: Chazwaza 05:07 pm EDT 04/15/21
In reply to: re: Glenn Close on 'Sunset Blvd.' movie: She's ready for her closeup, but who's her co-star? - portenopete 07:47 pm EDT 04/14/21

It isn't real... it doesn't make sense in the first place. He is using her, she is using him. She falls for an idea of him and a lack of loneliness that comes from fascinated attention from a younger man/writer, he falls for the lifestyle she can provide and the mystique of her history, for the story and the comfort. The show isn't asking the audience to believe these two are actually in love or both sexually into the other... whether they are cast as 32 and 50, or as 28 and 75.
In the past they didn't cast Joes who were believably younger than Norma but old enough to have a mainstream-approved relationship with a woman of her age -- and even if she is 50 and he is 40, that doesn't make their relationship suddenly "make sense", because it doesn't at any age, because it's a fantasy built on two characters' self-serving use of each other.

But *also*, let's be clear that IF they were, it also isn't impossible for that to be believable in the world, and even if the audience doesn't buy it, they are invested, hopefully, in the weirdness of it and whether or not it's real to either character... the shock of it, also. But the text of the musical is crystal clear that Joe is not actually in love with or sexually interested in Norma.... so it's a none issue.

Cast whoever can sing and act the role, has chemistry with Glenn, and can help get the movie financed and tickets sold.
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