|Marti Rulli & Donny Osmond|
|Promotional photo of Donny Osmond|
A few years ago, I met Donny Osmond in NY (My sister-in-law used to do some volunteer promotional work for him), so when he was singing at a benefit at the Hard Rock Cafe, we attended. My biggest thrill that night was meeting Phil Collins, who also participated in the show.
I just came across this photo of me and Donny taken that night (he was very nice and it seemed genuine!) and it reminded me of a thought I'd had when I met Donny. I know this may sound odd, but in some weird way, in person, Donny reminded me of Wagner, and I remember the thought crossing my mind that to simply lighten his hair, he could be a good candidate to play Wagner. You might "see" it better in the promotional photo I also included here. I'm not even sure how well Donny can act, but somehow it was easy for me to see him playing Wagner.
In "The Mystery of Natalie Wood" Michael Weatherly played a better young Wagner than older one (the age he was when Natalie died). I wasn't particularly pleased with the entire cast of that movie but I thought Justine Waddell did a pretty good job as Natalie, although even make-up couldn't transform Justine's eyes into Natalie's beautiful eyes. But Justine did a wonderful acting job in it. There were moments, in the distant shots of her, she really looked like Natalie.
Walken's and Dennis's roles in that movie are totally forgettable, as it was meant to be. The movie focused on the "banging dinghy" theory, therefore, Christopher's and Dennis's parts in the night Natalie died were expungable. If another movie is made of the story of Nov. 28th, 1981, it would be as crucial to choose the right Wagner as it would be to choose Natalie.