Winona giveth, Winona taketh away. Just days after we hear she’s snagged a role in Darren Aronofsky’s new film, Variety is reporting that Ryder has been cast opposite Barry “Who?” Pepper in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story.”
Says Variety, the film “is based on the true story of Lois Wilson, the co-founder of Al-Anon, and her relationship with alcoholic husband Bill Wilson, one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. The couple enjoyed an upscale lifestyle in the 1920s, but his drinking eventually led to their downfall. Eventually, her husband became sober — but Lois Wilson still struggled with her own issues surrounding his alcoholism. She eventually helped start Al-Anon in 1951 to assist people whose loved ones battle addiction… Production starts this week in Toronto; the longform will air later this season on CBS.”
Alright, so, this could actually be an opportunity to really shine, Winona. And I’m sure you’ve had plenty of practice being drunk, and the story itself sounds like it could be more or less compelling. However, I’m always a bit skeptical when stories like this end up Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movies… To me, it reads, “Not Good Enough To Be Anything Else.” Unless of course they’re on cable, which this is not. When was the last classic CBS TV Movie of the Week? Or the last great work directed by the film’s helmer, John Kent Harrison? An episode of “Judging Amy”? “Whose Child Is This… The War for Baby Jessica”?
So please, Winona, prove me wrong and win a Golden Globe and an Emmy and use this to propel you back to roles you deserve, and all will be forgiven. And don’t mind me during the film’s production. You may or may not be shooting a few blocks from where I’m staying the next few weeks, and I may or may not be that guy you saw this morning sleeping outside your trailer wearing a Free Winona t-shirt.