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From Page to Screen

Characters from novels like ”Forrest Gump” and ”The Client” undergo makeovers in their new big screen adaptations

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When books become movies, character descriptions take a backseat to casting desires. By the time the cameras roll, the protagonists have often undergone major cosmetic surgery. Here’s how the heroes of three of this summer’s biggest literary adaptations looked before…and after.

HARRISON FORD:
Movie: Clear and Present Danger
Character: Jack Ryan
On the page: ”Still short of forty, he now had one of the premiere intelligence posts in the world.”
On the screen: It certainly seems to have aged him.

SUSAN SARANDON:
Movie: The Client
Character: Reggie Love
On the page: ”Reggie Love was fifty-two years old… She [had] very short, very gray hair that fell…almost to the top of her perfectly round glasses.”
On the screen: She’s come a long way, baby.

TOM HANKS:
Movie: Forrest Gump
Character: Forrest Gump
On the page: ”By the time I was sixteen I was six foot six and weighed two hundrit forty-two pounds.”
On the screen: Sometime after that, he lost some 60 pounds and shrank six inches.