Watching "Orphan" I had a flash of "Bruno." Specifically the scene where the Austrian fashionista asks starstruck parents if their children are comfortable around wasps and bees or could lose 10 of their 30 or 40 pounds if it meant landing a role. No matter how outrageous or outlandish, they're game.
A similar conversation might have taken place with parents hoping their daughter would be hired as Esther, the creepy 9-year-old Russian adopted in "Orphan." Without giving anything away, I could imagine the questions:
Would your daughter be comfortable being in a movie in which someone is killed with repeated hammer blows to the head? Would she be OK around purposely set fires? Stabbings? Smotherings? Cars rolling backward out of control? Threats to other children? Inappropriate adult sexual overtures? Could she use the f-word?
OK, well, then, sign her up! As it turns out, young Isabelle Fuhrman who plays Esther is good ... but the thought of a child playing the role is still disturbing. If you've seen enough movies, you may suspect what Esther's deep dark secret is. I did, although plenty of other movies have snookered me and until the end, I wasn't convinced I was right.
Early box office estimates from Variety.com put "Orphan" fourth for the weekend:
1. "G-Force"... $32,152,000
2. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" ... $30,000,000
3. "The Ugly Truth" ... $27,000,000
4. "Orphan" ... $12,770,000
5. "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" ... $8,200,000