I just had to write in and defend Zooey Deschanel. So taking on a role like Janis Joplin is indeed a formidable task, but if anyone can take on Joplin’s feisty rebellious persona, I think my girl Zooey can. OK, so she’s a little young. And she lacks the booming voice of Pink, who was also up for the role (ew, who would pay to see Pink in a movie?). And the makeup artist is going to have to pack extra ugly sticks into her kit to hit her pretty face with. And lord knows how she’s going to do the sexy rasping voice. But I’ve been following Deschanel’s career closely, and something in her performances in The Good Girl (as a disillusioned make-up counter clerk slipping obscenities into her morning tannoy announcements) and this season’s Weeds (as a psychotic hippie on the run from an Eskimo headhunter) hint at an untapped well of unhingedness (is that a word?) that will stand her in good stead to play the beer-bottle-crackingness of Janis. Watch this space – I think Zooey’s gonna surprise us all. Hell, at the very least, be thankful that Britney didn’t get the part.
– Steven Corfe