In the upcoming biopic about Nellie Bly, actress Caroline Barry plays the famous journalist on her first big assignment working for Joseph Pulitzer, to get herself committed into the notorious Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum in order to report on abuses and murders from within.
Hollywood insiders are saying Ms. Barry’s portrayal of Nellie Bly is uncanny and powerful. The fact that Caroline Barry and Nellie Bly closely resemble each other is a, “happy coincidence,” according to 10 Days In A Madhouse — The Nellie Bly Story director, Timothy Hines. We found Caroline Barry out of a star search that started off with over 8,000 contestants from across the globe. Everywhere from talent agencies to publications like Backstage Magazine. From Moscow to Tennessee. Caroline won the role by being the best.”
Christopher Lambert was taken with Ms. Barry’s performance. Kelly Le Brock, who plays nurse Grant in 10 Days In A Madhouse, said of Caroline Barry, “She’s unique, endearing and is a gifted actress.”
“She’s Charming,” says Hollywood casting director, Jan Glazer. Producer Susan Goforth said of Ms. Barry, “Caroline’s next movie is already in the works, a depression era film set in the great depression called God’s Country.” The production is looking at stars like Ryan Gosling for the male lead.
Veteran Hollywood editor Stephen Eckelberry took the job to co-edit10 Days In A Madhouse with Academy Award nominee, Avril Beukes, based on the strength of Caroline Barry’s performance. “10 Days In A Madhouse is an important movie about one of the world’s important women and it has a strong message about empowerment. But I ultimately took the role as editor because of Caroline Barry. She’s amazing and subtle. We’ve captured lightning in a bottle with this movie, in no small part due to Caroline.”
For the role of Nellie Bly, Caroline Barry had to endure 5 degree temperatures in a real closed 100 year old mental institution in Salem, Oregon. Actuall ice cold baths and the presence of a large owl that occupied the upper floors. “The story takes place in the freezing cold in a ancient run down asylum. These parts we didn’t have to act,” says Ms. Barry.
“She’s a rare talent,” says Strath Hamilton, executive producer of 10 Days In A Madhouse.” Executive producer Marcy Levitas Hamilton says, “Caroline Barry radiates an openness that makes you want to be her friend. She let’s you inside her world.” Co-producer, Saskia Larsen concurs, “Caroline is an amazing actress and a genuinely down to Earth human being. She is kind to everyone she meets.”
Caroline Barry is in good company as her portrayal of Nellie Bly comes to US theaters this September 25th, the day Nellie Bly went into the Madhouse to get her story. It has been a great Hollywood tradition for actors to take on the garb of others who changed history.
It was no small challenge to play Nellie Bly. Bly was known for an irrepressable smile andirrepressable spirit, but she had a steely resolve. As a recent Life Magazine special edition that was on newsstands throughout the US in May called Nellie Bly, one of “One Hundred Women who changed the world.”
Following is a side by side list of some renown actors and the role they portrayed, many have won Academy Awards for their work as historical and famous world changers.
Caroline Barry as Nellie Bly in 10 Days in a Madhouse – The Nellie Bly Story coming to US theaters Sept 25th.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth in Elizabeth I.
Julia Roberts as Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich.
Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin.
Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoon in Lincoln.
Ben Kingsley as Gandhi in Gandhi.
David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King in Selma.
Katie Holms as Jacqueline Kennedy in The Kennedys.
George C. Scott as General George S. Patton in Patton.
Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah in Aaliyah.
Josh Brolin as George W. Bush in W.
Selma Heyak as Frida Kahlo in Frida.
Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in The Doors.
Linsey Lohan as Elizabeth Talyor in Liz & Dick.
Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in Malcolm X.
Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl in In A Mighty Heart.
Madonna as Eva Peron in Evita.
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in Diana.
Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in I Walk The Line.
Forest whitaker as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.
Leonardo Dicaprio as Howard Hughes in The Aviator.
Jennifer Lopez as Selena quintanilla Perez in Selena.
Liam Neeson as Oscar Schindler in Schindler’s List.
Morgan freeman as Nelson Mandela in Invictus.
Michele Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn.
Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.
Anthony Hopkins as Pablo Picasso in Surviving Picasso.
Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in The Man On The Moon.
Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel in Coco Before Chanel.
Gretchen Mol as Bettie Page in The Notorious Bettie Page.
Eddie Redmayne as Lil Elbe in The Danish Girl.
Meryl Streep as Julia Child in Julia and Me.
Helen Mirren as Elizabeth in The Queen.
Caroline Barry as Nellie Bly in 10 DAYS IN A MADHOUSE — THE NELLIE BLY STORY opens in US theaters September 25th, 2015.
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