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Hollywood's First Choices: How the Greatest Casting Decisions Were Made (Or Why Groucho Marx Never Played Rhett Butler : How the Greatest Casting Decisions Were Made)
Hollywood's most famous and infamous casting decisions come alive in this exuberant, witty chronicle of the fateful choices that have altered the course of movie history. Contains over 100 amazing casting tidbits, such as Ronald Reagan being first choice for the part of Rick in Casablanca 50 black-and-white photographs.
Paperback, 230 pages
Published March 15th 1994 by Three Rivers Press
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This book discusses Hollywood, the movies and the studio system of the past - how certain people were cast in the classic roles we can't see anyone but them playing and who was offered the part first. I love Robert Redford, but as Michael Corleone or Benjamin Braddock? I don't think so. Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as Thelma and Louise? Ok, maybe. Shirley MacLaine as Bonnie Parker, playing opposite her brother Warren Beatty as Clyde Barrow? Wisely, she said no - talk about creepy! Good, fun book ...more