Re: Cars & The Movies
I agree, an estate would make much more sense.
Just now I remembered another interesting example of car casting. Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia not only features Thomas Cruise Mapother's best acting to date (no faint praise intended), but also interesting choices regarding cars.
There's Jason Robard's dying film producer, whose splendid Mercedes W111 convertible can be glimpsed in the background. His considerably younger wife (Julianne Moore) has been equipped with a (then up-to-date) R129 SL - which seems like the right car for a Mercedes enthusiast sugar daddy to give to his trophy wife.
Similarly, there's also Philip Baker Hall's nasty game show host Jimmy Gator, who couldn't give up his Jag XK-E/E-Type even when his bones were craving something roomier. He's also obviously the one who makes all the motoring choices on his family's behalf, for his wife (Melinda Dillon) can be seen driving an XJ40 during the film's climax.
All these choices make perfect sense - and then there's the odd one. The very odd one. Tom Cruise's sex guru Frank T. J. Mackey ("Master of the muffin") drives the ultimate automotive expression of testosterone overload.
The Saturn SC2.