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Travis McGee is my favorite fictional character and I can’t picture Leonardo DiCaprio playing John D. MacDonald’s legendary Florida adventurer. Too scrawny. McGee, the hero of 21 novels from 1964-84, was a tough guy, a man’s man. But why quibble. The good news is that Travis McGee is getting another chance at movie stardom with DiCaprio reportedly attached to star in a planned 2010 film adaptation of “The Deep Blue Good-Bye,” the first of MacDonald’s capers. Who remembers Rod Taylor hopeless as McGee in 1970’s “Darker Than Amber?” Anybody? Maybe that’s the point. Most of today’s moviegoers probably have never heard of Travis McGee, and with DiCaprio on the project, a new generation of readers will discover one of the great crime series of all time.