i just saw a commercial with gymnast shawn johnson and her mom, and shawn johnson is just about anissa's height, she's 4'10", anissa was 4'9 1/2". and shawn johnson is just so adorably pretty, as adorably pretty as anissa, with her bugs bunny overbite and big ears, she reminds you of topo-gigo.
but shawn johnson exudes such an overwhelming sunny cheerfulness, such an indominable optimism, and confident stength, that is so unlike what you ever saw in anissa, that i doubt shawn could ever channel anissa.
if you watch anissa's acting with awareness, you can't miss the hesitance, the doubtfulness, the irony, the amazing understaement, of an acute, tired intelligence. so different from shawn johnson's immense strength and exuberance.
watching shawn johnson it ocurred to me how very difficult it would be to find a good actress to play anissa, considering how tiny, knowing, and tired she was.