Saturday, December 28, 2013

Cool archeologists named Lawrence, real and fictional

Young Indiana Jones and T.E. Lawrence in "Young Indiana Jones."  More here.

I wasn't finished with news about the historical world with Health news from archeology and history.  I have two news items about a real archeologist named Lawrence and an actress named Lawrence who might play a fictional archeologist, both of which have appeared in my Overnight News Digests on Daily Kos.  Not only are they connected by their surnames, but the character she might play has met the real archeologist and adventurer, as seen in the photo above.

First, the real archeologist from Biblical Archaeology: Lawrence of Arabia as Archaeologist
Read Stephen E. Tabachnick's full article on the archaeological life of T.E. Lawrence as it was published in Biblical Archaeology Review
Stephen E. Tabachnick
Most people picture T.E. Lawrence as the dashing leader dressed in white and gold Arab robes portrayed by Peter O’Toole in the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. While the real Lawrence was not exactly like the character in the David Lean film—he never deliberately burned his finger with a match or said he enjoyed killing people, for instance—he was, nevertheless, one of the most colorful figures to emerge from World War I.
Next, the article about the fictional archeologist from MTV: Need A New Indiana Jones? Let's Try Jennifer Lawrence.
With more movies likely to come from Disney, why not take the unexpected route?
By Kevin P. Sullivan (@KPSull)
Dec 9 2013 12:45 PM EST 9,431

But combing through the current roster of young stars that could carry both a beloved franchise and the weight of the roguish leading role, there aren't many better options than Jennifer Lawrence.

The choice would certainly take heat from the comments sections of movie blogs, but a pick as surprising as Lawrence would work in two ways. Recasting the Indiana Jones would make headlines, but casting a woman would be news-of-the-year material.

Why shouldn't it be Jennifer Lawrence, though? Sure, it's unlikely she'd take the part, since she publicly expressed her hesitance to star in franchises when discussing her choice to star in "The Hunger Games," but the personality is spot on. Indiana Jones is confident and cool, but often sarcastic and prone to anger when frustrated, something that we've seen Lawrence do in her films with David O. Russell. And Disney knows that she can lead a film to box-office glory, thanks to the strong performance of "Catching Fire."
Personally, I'd put this in the realm of Will Al Jazeera America hire Keith Olbermann?  That was a good fantasy, but I acknowledged it wasn't likely to happen.  Current TV republished that blog post.  That was the good news.  The bad news was that they did so under Comedy.  Oh, well.  At least they noticed.

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