From Houllebecq to Rushdie: the authors who took to the silver screen

Michel Houllebecq may be the first author to have a whole film built around him, but thespian turns by authors are by no means uncommon: The Guardian blog

Salman_RushdieArundhati Roy had a leading role as a young goatherd in the 80s Hindi film Massey Sahib, and played a stroppy student in the campus comedy In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, which she scripted. Fellow Indian Booker winner Salman Rushdie, who popped up as himself along with Julian Barnes and Sebastian Faulks in Bridget Jones’s Diary, has since been a doctor in the Helen Hunt-directed Then She Found Me and appears as a “wake guest” (as do Jeffrey Eugenides and Debbie Harry) in the recently released River of Fundament, an arty adaptation of Mailer’s rambling Egyptian novel Ancient Evenings, promisingly described by the Hollywood Reporter as “a six-hour, excrement-filled mythological journey”.

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