It’s Edgar Rice Burroughs birthday! He wrote the Tarzan books, which I love. And he is from Chicago, which makes him even better. And a distant connection was married to his great great grandson, who was completely boring and respectable and Old Money since the family kind of forgot all their wealth came from cheap dime novels after a few generations.
Tarzan!!!!! Shipwrecked with his parents as a baby in remote jungles, his parents dead when he was a toddler, adopted by a female ape who raised him, taking over the Ape Tribe as a young man, taught himself to read through primers he found in his parents old house, meeting his first human woman as a young man when he rescued her from kidnappers, losing her when he returned her to her father and fiance, then meeting a French explorer who taught him how to talk and wear clothes and things, going with him to Civilization, meeting the woman again, learning her fiance was his cousin and had his rightful inheritance, deciding to disappear back into the jungles forever leaving her to be happy and rich, and then being attacked and his cousin dying saving his life. Tarzan can finally take up his inheritance, marry the woman he loves (and vice versa), and have a happy life traveling between the jungles and civilization.
So, this is a ridiculous plot. And I haven’t even gotten to the sequels (so many sequels!) where there is amnesia and mystic priestesses and Tarzan’s son and daughter-in-law and all kinds of delightful ways to get Tarzan back to jungle adventures and danger.
Who can best play Tarzan and Jane in Indian film? And what would the movie look like?
Hrithik Roshan: great physical actor, has the kind of shocking beauty everyone talks about with Tarzan, and he would have very little dialogue
Tiger Shroff: again, good physical actor. Not that beautiful really, but okay. And the right age, we can believe him as just grown up. And he would do well with all the tree climbing and swinging and stuff.
Prabhas: Good physical actor, can have the impressive size and physique, but maybe not young enough any more.
Katrina Kaif: I think Jane is supposed to be American, so her accent would work well.
Shraddha Kapoor: Cute, sweet, nice. Which is basically Jane’s whole personality.
Tamanna: Pretty, decent with action, good linguist so she could play from anywhere in order to give us that old British, modern new world, Jungle kind of triangle affect.
What do you think? Also, did anyone besides me read the Tarzan books? Also, are there Great Apes in India?