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Casting Call: Dalí and I

The love of Lauryssens' life, Ana, sets the stage for Lauryssens' life to intersect with Dalí's when she reveals that the only other house anywhere near the house he's just moved into with her is, in fact, Dalí's. Ana is a Catalan interpreter, and we might as well do her the courtesy of casting the most beautiful woman on Earth, Penelope Cruz, in her role. 

According to Lauryssens, a number of works credited to Dalí were actually created by assistants including Isidro Bea, who worked for Dalí for nearly three decades beginning in 1955 and who claims to have painted Dalí's Last Supper, among other significant works, in its entirety. We'd believe James Wolk (Mad Men's Bob Benson) as a swept-up Spanish painter, and we already know he can play a sycophant. 

Al Pacino has been floated as Dalí, and given his track record with powerful men of dubious—and worse—ethics, we'd love to see him take on the aging Surrealist. Interestingly, in the memoir, Lauryssens compares himself to Pacino: "I pinched my nostrils and felt like Al Pacino when Don Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III visited the Sicilian village of his forefathers," he says. It could be cool to see Harron explore all facets of the connection between these two men, including the ways in which they mirror one another. 

For Dalí's tempestuous wife, Gala, we like Fiona Shaw, who bears a strong resemblance and has been a reliable supporting actress in films including the Harry Potter series and '90s adaptations of Anna Karenina and Jane Eyre. Gala, honestly, deserves her own biopic: she married Paul Éluard at 17, lived in a thruple with him and Max Ernst for three years, and eventually, while married to Dalí, indulged in his caudalistic fantasies by engaging in a series of affairs.   

As for Stan Lauryssens himself, we're also on board with a name that's been attached to the project for years: Cillian Murphy, whose pliable intensity onscreen could make Lauryssens' variety of misdeeds—making up magazine profiles wholecloth, knowingly selling fake Dalís and being imprisoned for it, keeping that information to himself upon finally meeting the real Dalí—compelling. 

Isabelle Collin Dufresne, better known as Ultra Violet, is a familiar name around Interview headquarters—after a decade as Dalí's muse, she became Andy Warhol's (Dalí introduced them). She figures heavily into the heady, orgiastic anecdotes of Dalí's home. She was a gorgeous young woman, with a pouty mouth and big doe eyes, and we'd like to see Evan Rachel Wood take her on.