Mark Twain & Mary Baker Eddy - A film by Val Kilmer


Calvin A. Frye

Calvin A. Frye, 60, is Mrs. Eddy’s right-hand man who serves as her personal assistant, secretary, bookkeeper, coachman, aide, steward, spokesman, confidant, and metaphysical physician. He has been at her side for 25 years without a day’s vacation ever since her husband’s untimely death. A widower himself, Frye is a plain, plump, fastidious and fussy man who constantly disappoints Eddy with his limitations and lack of grace but who is unquestionably loyal.

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166 Responses to “Calvin A. Frye”

  1. Joanna says:

    Robert Duvall

  2. Terry Homan says:

    Robert Duvall

  3. Stephanie says:

    Yes, Robert Duvall. He can do no wrong, plus he looks like his character from Lonesome Dove.

  4. Sally says:

    Robert De Niro…he even looks a bit like Calvin Frye!

  5. Melea says:

    Brian Doyle-Murray

  6. Karisma Wintak says:

    Steve Martin

  7. Kip says:

    .. yes Bob Duvall would probably be a “shoe-in” for him. Here is a man (Frye) that worked nearly three decades for Mrs. Eddy never taking a vacation. It might be an interesting footnote that (Dittmore) a board member later excommunicated is said to have acquired Fyre’s Journals altering them fabricating and falsifying the activities in the Eddy household. It will be interesting to see what version in the latter days of Eddy’s life the screenplay (if they are covered in this film) will play out. I agree Duvall should get this role as he is intimately acquainted with Christian Science though he appears to have abandoned it to some degree.

  8. Kip says:

    P.S. I wonder if Kilmer will consider including in this feature the several occasions in which Mrs. Eddy resurrects Frye from death. I think it would make for extraordinarily compelling scenes. Can I vote for Duvall a second time ? ~ Thanks

  9. MadMooby says:

    Absolutely 100% Robert Duvall. No question.

  10. jan says:

    Bruce McGill

  11. mari horn says:

    Robert Duvall or David Suchet

  12. Susan says:

    Hard to argue with Robert Duvall. But, perhaps Tom Skerritt?

  13. Doris Temme says:

    Robert Duvall

  14. Sharon Goffe says:

    Bob Hoskin

  15. Grace Duffy says:

    Robert Duvall perhaps. played with dignity shown in Frye’s loyalty to MBE and yet with bumbling capability for his limitations and lack of grace.

  16. Chermai says:

    Tom Skerritt. Doubt Duvall can subdue his own personality enough to do Frye justice.

  17. Tina says:

    Simon Callow from Phantom of the Opera

  18. Susan Trumble says:

    Philip Seymour Hoffman

  19. Rai Yules says:

    Yes Robert Duvall or Sam Elliot would be good.

  20. michelle says:

    How about William Hurt?

  21. Kay says:

    Danny Devito

  22. April Dawn says:

    Is Sean Penn out of the question? My favorite roll was when he played Jim in We’re No Angels with Robert De Niro, they played two adorable bumbling priests who could never get things exactly right. Plus he’s so Jewish and seems to be a man of conviction; even most recently he has donated much of his time to Haitians.

  23. Alicia says:

    Robin Williams or Dustin Hoffman!

  24. Christopher Peckham says:

    My Calvin A Frye readings would go to :
    Robert Duvall,
    Dustin Hoffman, and
    Christian McKay

  25. Michelle says:

    Kevin Kline

  26. Paula says:

    I also think Kevin Kline would be great

  27. Kim says:

    Anthony Hopkins I think he would bring the intensity needed for this role and on occasion humour

  28. Greg Hallmark says:

    Robert Duvall, of course.

  29. Frank Lopez says:

    Chris Cooper or David Strathern

  30. Kenneth Chamberlain says:

    Robert Duvall

  31. brwneyedtina says:

    Robert Duvall or Anthony Hopkins

  32. I think John Malkovich should play Calvin A. Frye, he can most definitely pull it off.

  33. Mary Beeman says:

    Richard Dreyfuss!

  34. Kim Browning says:

    Anthony Hopkins could portray the self-depreciating modesty of Frye.

    So could Robert Duvall.

  35. Kat says:

    Terry O’Quinn. That guy can play “unwavering”.

  36. Chelle says:

    Robert Duvall… of course!

  37. Valerie says:

    I think Gary Oldman would be great in this role.

  38. Michael says:

    Ben Kingsley. He comes across as the loyal type.

  39. Gennifer says:

    Robert duval

  40. Suzanne says:

    Robert Duvall…such a strong choice for this part.

  41. Sarah V. Gray says:

    Duvall indeed.

  42. Keith Simon says:

    Robert Duvall – Obvious choice. His parents were CS students of Bliss Knapp, one of Mrs. Eddy’s youngest friends and a VERY close associate of Mrs. Eddy by reason of her interest in his advancement and the fact that Bliss Knapp’s parents, Ira and Flavia Stickney Knapp were among Mrs. Eddy’s earliest loyal students and Ira would become one of the members of her first Board of Directors in her church in Boston.

  43. Pam says:

    Robert Duvall.

  44. Robert Macpherson says:

    My choice here either Anthony Hopkins or Colin Firth.

  45. scottie wilkerson says:

    Absolutely Robert Duvall. He was my immediate thought, I think he would be perfect for the part.

  46. Joyce Gipson says:

    Robert Duvall. I believe he was also raised in Christian Science, wasn’t he?

  47. Barbara Baker says:

    This guy who always disappoints Eddy because of his limitations to “get it right,” can’t be anyone who commands the stage…he has to be a bit of an ouff. Pitiable, yet giving glimpses of high intelligence…thus the frustration..

    Interesting that he pushes ms. eddy’s buttons so effectively. she wasn’t perfert was she?

  48. Hank says:

    Victor Garber, it’s a great match

  49. Vicki Evans says:

    Bob Hoskin

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