Actually, in Much Ado.. the lead actor playing Benedick had longish wavy blonde hair, v. tall, and quite goofy-cute. He was Irish too! But Benedick wasn't so no accenting, meh.
Lead actress.. v. average-looking. Must say, I like this choice too!!
One of my favourite books (most super-duper feel-good book ever) is called Bet Me, and I noticed that in acknowledgements there was talk of it being made into a movie. So I asked the author about this, and she replied saying that yes, they had a production company who were shopping the story around to major studios. And the studios were willing to make the movie IF.... the heroine was skinny.
OMGWTF? I mean, there's some weird myth in Hollywood that we only want to see skinny people on screen! Personally, I'd rather see healthy-looking women on screen. Plus, whoever says that Min in Bet Me should be skinny has obviously not read the book. The book is practically an ode to the joys of eating and being happy with your body. It would be a betrayal of the book's CORE VALUES if Min was skinny!
/rant over. sorry about that, it's just that Bet Me would make one of the best movies ever. I love this book. It's my baby.