On Tuesday, February 15th, the BBA's Real Estate Section will
be sponsoring Commericial
Real Estate Outlook for 2011: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
where expert panelists will discuss the requirement and outlook for
commericial real estate in 2011. The name of this event got BBA Week
thinking about movies, and which movie members of the bar wish they
could be a part of, so we are asking:
"If you could play a character in any
movie, who would it be?"
If you would like to respond to a future Voices of
the Bar, make sure you send a headshot,
and contact Eric Fullerton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larry DiCara – Nixon
"Frank Skeffington in The Last
Hurrah. The closest I ever came to being Mayor was
serving as Acting Mayor during the Blizzard of 78."
Julia Huston – Foley Hoag LLP
first acting experience was playing Jezebel in the church
pageant when I was 6 or 7 years old. My Jezebel was
portrayed at a high volume and with great enthusiasm! It
would be fun to reenact that role, although of course I would
have to compete with Bette Davis."
Alicia Greenaway – Riemer & Braunstein
"I would be Frodo Baggins in the Lord of
the Rings. What is more thrilling than wearing a
sparkly necklace holding a magic ring and tramping around
Middle Earth slaying evil creatures with your BFF? Sure
beats the drudgery of driving up Route 3A every
Harlin Doliner– Verrill Dana, LLP
would love to play the Lorax from the classic Dr.
Seuss story and movie. He has a unique, timeless way of
getting across the message and ethic of environmental
protection to both children and adults. It would be
perhaps also serve as an excuse to once again wear pajamas
Chris Strang - Desmond, Strang & Scott,
"I would probably go with Ferris Bueller in
Ferris Bueller's Day Off. A character who puts all
his efforts into having the most fun day possible sounds
awesome to me. I also think I could be more convincing in the
scene where he pretends to be Abe Froman, Sausage King of
Chicago. However, I would struggle to pull off singing "Twist
and Shout" on the float. I think that movie is due for a
Christine Hughes - Emerson College
can one resist a role that’s been played by Sarah Berndhart,
Flora Robson, Bette Davis, Glenda Jackson, Dame Judi Dench,
Cate Blanchett, and Helen Mirren? Queen Elizabeth I, of
J Charles Mokriski - Proskauer
have loved to play Thomas More, in Robert Bolt's play turned
into an Oscar-winning film starring Paul Scofield, A
Man for All Seasons. Its dialogue is rich with
nuggets of wisdom, humor, irony, and inspirational thought,
all uttered by Thomas More, lawyer, humanist, King's counselor
and Chancellor. I would love the opportunity to make
those lines live on the big screen.
Pattye Comfort - Equal Justice
"If I could play any character in any
movie it would be Karen von Blixen in Out of Africa.
Moving to Kenya in the early 20th century, living
in that gorgeous place (“I had a farm in Africa, at the foot
of the Ngong Hills”) and managing the coffee business that had
been started and then abandoned by her no-good husband - seems
to me a great adventure. The added bonus, of course,
would be playing opposite Robert Redford!"
Al Wallis - Brown Rudnick Center for the Public
InterestUnless some kind of
dancing was involved. I don't do dancing.
Chili Palmer in Get
Shorty. Boldly confident. Uncompromisingly tough.
Whip smart. Heart-throbbingly romantic.
Cooldefined. Acting this part would
be virtually effortless.
Cameron Casey - Ropes & Gray
"I'd choose Audrey Hepburn’s character in
Roman Holiday. It would be a chance to play a
princess and a rebel and to ride around Rome on a Vespa
with Gregory Peck - a pretty unbeatable combination"
George Field - Burns & Levinson
"Sir Thomas More (played on stage and screen
by the magnificent Paul Scofield) in Fred Zinneman's screen
version of Robert Bolt’s play A Man For All
Seasons. More, Chancellor of England, suffers
execution rather than subordinate his beliefs, his conscience
and the rule of law to the demands of the ambitious and more
powerful, including King Henry VIII. As that story
unfolds, he dazzles with his humor, humility, familial
devotion and crystalline logic. What lawyer would not thrill
to deliver More’s reprimand to the pragmatist Roper, who would
“cut down every law in England” to “get after” the Devil:
when “the Devil turned ‘round on you, where would you
hide, the laws all being flat? Do you really think you
could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?
Yes, I’d give the Devil the benefit of law, for my own
Geoff Howell - DLA Piper LLP
comes down to Han Solo vs. Superman (the 1978 version) for me.
Although both have charisma, a sense of humor, and heroic
abilities that would be quite useful in every day life, I
think Superman gets the edge: the ability to fly circles
around the world and reverse time would come in handy in my
day job as a lawyer."
Melissa Langa - Bove & Langa,
"As a firm believer in enjoying the fabulous
absurdity of life, I'd play Susan Vance in Bringing Up
Baby. To paraphrase Pauline Kael, this classic screwball
comedy keeps trifling nonsense in artful balance -- a
useful skill in managing a law firm!"
Orlando Lopez - Burns & Levinson
"If I could play a character in a movie, I
would play Hannibal (not Dr. Lecter but the Carthaginian).
Anybody that can get elephants by the Pyrenees and the Alps
(not quite as hard as getting an elephant through the eye of a
needle – a camel may be easier) and then beat the mighty
Romans, shows the resolve and strategy that we should strive
for in serving our clients or the causes we believe
David Goldstone - Goodwin Procter
"No question - Michael J. Fox in Back to
David Wilson - Hirsch Roberts Weinstein
"Jason Bourne: He’s so resourceful and
his driving skills would come in handy around Boston
Dan Haley - McDermott Will &
"I suppose the safe answer would be Atticus
Finch, Jan Schlichtmann, or maybe even Vincent Gambini. But
the truth is an excellent Yoda I would make."
Harvey Weiner - Peabody & Arnold
"Aside from playing Atticus Finch, who surely
is every lawyer’s first choice, I would most like to play the
unflappable and determined Nazi fighter, Victor Laszlo, played
by Paul Henreid in the 1942 movie, Casablanca. Respected by
Humphrey Bogart, loved by Ingrid Berman, and feared by Conrad
Veidt, Victor Laszlo’s vital work was an inspiration to the
world and even caused the formerly indifferent Rick to sell
his gin joint to join the war effort. Play it again,
Alicia Downey - Bingham McCutchen
"I'd love to be be "Ellen," the mysterious
female gunslinger played by Sharon Stone in The Quick
and the Dead. She has a cool Western wardrobe,
well-choreographed action scenes, and some great lines.
Also starring Gene Hackman, Gary Sinise, Leonardo DiCaprio,
and Russell Crowe."
Colin Zick - Foley Hoag LLP
"If I could
be a character in a movie, I've want to play Red Sox
first/third baseman Kevin Youkilis in the upcoming movie,
Moneyball (which is based on the Michael Lewis
book). Then I could be the "Greek God of Walks" and
maybe I could also get some inside information on how to
help my woeful fantasy baseball teams."
Lee Crews - Duane Morris LLP
much consideration, I’ve chosen Dory from Finding
Nemo. She’s completely adorable. She isn’t
afraid of adventure. She isn’t afraid to trust.
She’s funny as all get out. And she saves the day,
finding Nemo through nothing more, but nothing less, than
persistence. Just keep swimming, just keep
J. W. Carney, Jr. - Carney &
"The Clint Eastwood character in the
Western Unforgiven. Craggy, complicated, and gets the
tough job done."
Joshua Davis - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak &
"George Bailey in Frank Capra's
It's a Wonderful Life. I admire the character's
purpose in work (the Building and Loan is a vehicle for
justice and opportunity in his small town) and understand
his feeling of isolation and hopelessness in the day to day
murk of life. Except for the notion of snow as hopeful
(forever ruined for me by this winter), the idea that family
and friends are the antidote to the drudgery of life seems
exactly right. In some ways, I feel like I live George's
cathartic day again and again. So, like a
good lawyer, I chose a part I am well prepared to
Mark Berman - Nixon Peabody
"I think I
would want to be John Candy playing 'Barf' the Maug, the
half-man, half-dog co-pilot in Space Balls, the
Star Wars spoof written and directed by Mel Brooks'.
His intro line was "I'm a Maug,...half man, half
dog..I'm my own best friend."
Chinh Pham - Greenberg Traurig,
"I think it would be lots of fun playing
Neo (Mr. Anderson) from the movie The Matrix.
Just imagine, I can fly, stop bullets, or become
an expert instantaeously in any area by merely uploading
a program. My kids will get a big kick out of it,
as will my technology clients."
Michael Stone - Peabody & Arnold
"One of my partners says that he has reached
the age where he is older than all of the Red Sox
Players, younger than all of the members of the
Supreme Court and will never be on either team. In
Field of Dreams, Archibald
"Moonlight" Graham(aka "Doc Graham"), got to live out his
fantasy of having one major league at bat before returning to
life as a small town doctor. What more could
one wish for than to have a rewarding career helping
people and also have a lifetime dream realized."
Rochelle Zapol - Behar & Kalman,
"There are so many characters that I would
love to play, but if I had to pick one it would be Scarlett
O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. It would be a
challenge to play such a dramatic role and a character whose
personality is so different from my own. The role also
would provide me with the opportunity to display the full
range of human emotions in my acting. Perhaps George
Clooney could play Rhett Butler. Well, as Scarlett O’Hara
would say, fiddle-dee-dee!"
John Ward - Novartis Vaccines and
"I'd play Navy Petty Office Buddusky,
Jack Nicholson’s character from the 1973 film, The Last
Detail. A bit player in the military justice system,
Buddusky nevertheless brings kindness, dignity, and humor to
his sad tasks. Or I’d play inventor Caractacus Potts,
Dick Van Dyke’s character in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
He has a cool flying ride and dates a candy
Robert Diettrich - Davis, Malm & D'Agostine,
"Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) in The
Verdict. Because who isn't inspired
by watching a lonely, washed up, pathetic, has-been
of a lawyer who has lost his handful of trial
cases undergo a transformation and fight
furiously, against all odds and in the face of a
judge's hostility, to help good triumph over
evil? If that role were taken, then I'd want to
play Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in Pirates of the
Caribbean, the "ethical pirate" who survives by
using wit and negotiation rather than weapons or force, and
who's about as ILL as they come."
Michael D'Orsi - Donnelly, Conroy and Gelhaar,
"Chewbacca. Everyone loves a
Daniel Dain - Brennan, Dain, Le Ray, Wiest, Torpy
"For sheer fun, fun, it would be hard
to beat playing Indiana Jones—great adventures, cool stunts,
all the travel, so much history."
Nicholas O'Donnell – Sullivan &
"I would play Butch Cassidy, from
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid--assuming that
everyone would have to forget Paul Newman's performance. The
sarcastic but bitterly doomed-from-the-start flight from the
unseen pursuers, out in the Western landscape, would be a
great deal of fun I think."
Sarah Ashby – Campbell,
Campbell Edwards & Conroy, P.C.
"In a bio-pic
about the comedian Wendy Liebman, I would want to play
Wendy. Her onstage demeanor is demure and
unassuming, but her humor is very sly and
smart. She is just about the funniest person on the
planet. In the movie, I would get to use all her