|Greta Garbo, left and Carice van Houten, right|
Amsterdam, NL—Let me begin by confessing my fascination for beautiful elegant European women. They know how just to dress, walk, talk, flirt and dazzle my imagination. I was first exposed to them when I was drafted into the Army and sent to Germany long ago. They still ring my bell today more than ever.
Legendary Swedish film siren Greta Garbo was the epitome of glamour, grace and sexy hot. She was a natural for films that are still shown today. A few years ago I discovered a woman with all of Garbo’s attributes when I saw Paul Verhoeven’s terrific film Black Book. The female lead was Dutch actress, Carice van Houten. In Black Book she sang, danced, swam, and acted in four languages in the World War Two thriller.
I instantly fell in love with van Houten’s talent. I also know that van Houten is destined to begin gathering Academy Awards as she has scooped up five of Holland’s coveted Golden Calf statutes. She needs to be cast in more American films.
Van Houten has Garbo’s magnetism, charm and an amazing resemblance too. That mixed with incredible acting chops and a gift for emulating several dialects makes van Houten perfect for being cast as the film icon.
Screen International broke the story that van Houten is set to play Garbo in a biopic that she will also co-produce. I don’t know enough about the film and the others being cast yet but know the bar will be set high. I only wish I could land even a small a role in the film myself. I know this will be a box office smash and bring van Houten to Hollywood’s most special red carpet.
I will borrow a published quote from van Houten; “I was raised with silent films. I have always maintained an endless fascination for that era,’ Van Houten told the magazine. ‘I am strongly drawn to her story, her art, her loneliness and her beautiful complex structure.’
Van Houten is best known in the USA for her roles in Valkyrie, Repo Men and Black Book and can currently be seen as Melisandre in HBO television series Game of Thrones.