As you're well aware by now, Chloe Moretz recently landed the iconic role of Carrie in the upcoming remake of the Stephen King adaptation. A topic that his been making the rounds on forums and discussion boards though is whether or not Chloe is too pretty to play Carrie.
This seems like the kind of thing that would be a non-discussion. I mean, it's not like we haven't had attractive girls play less attractive women before. The most famous case of this being Charlize Theron when she played in "Monster."
In order to portray the real life serial-killer/prostitute Aileen, Charlize needed the assistance of make-up effects and she had to gain weight. The process proved worthwhile as she nabbed an Oscar for the role.
I thought about it a little more though, sure you could make Chloe less "pretty" so she'd be more fitting for the role of Carrie, but why?
For one, lets not do Miss Sissy Spacek any disservice here. I keep hearing people say "Chloe can't play Carrie, she's not ugly." And I think wow, what an incredibly dick-ish thing to say about Sissy Spacek! This wasn't a girl that was horribly mutilated in her facial region, she was just plain. Remember, Carrie didn't doll herself up or try to make herself look more attractive. She dressed down and hid herself so as not to raise attention or earn the ire of her mother. Personally, when Carrie finally goes to Prom, I thought she looked rather beautiful.
This discussion really goes beyond appearances though and touches on a more social note. "Carrie" is really about the trials that girls and most adolescents go through when they're coming of age. It's about the awkwardness of becoming a woman and the pain of struggling through it in a high school environment. It's also about how horrid we are too each other at that age and the pain we put each other through just so we can feel somewhat normal. Those are issues that transcend appearances. You don't have to be homely to feel lost and scared in that kind of world. The greater message in "Carrie" is about how we treat and judge each other. The irony of debating whether or not Chloe has the looks for "Carrie" is palpable.