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Norman Mailer (1923-2007)

  1. Burgess Meredith, King Lear, 1986.     The contract for bilious auteur Jean-Luc Godard to tackle Shakespeare was signed (an hour after it had been mooted) on large napkin at the Majestic Hotel bar during the 1985 Cannes festival. A year later, Menahem Golan was saying: “Who better than Mailer - he has five daughters?” No, five children; his one daughter, Kate, was once set as Cordelia. Mailer quit after a few day’s work - after Godard implied that their characters had incestuous feelings. Marlon Brando passed (he’d made enough rotten movies) and the modern-day Lear - a New York Mafia chief Don Learo - was then offered by Jean-Luc Godard and the Go Go twins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, to Hoffman, director Joseph Losey, Lee Marvin and, naturally, Orson Welles. Before it fell to Rod Steiger, swiftly replaced by grizzly Meredith. Godard had forgotten the perfect American choice: Robert Mitchum. The Mailers remained in the film (that Godard detested) as themselves. And Buzz Meredith replaced Rod Steiger in the title role. Godard had forgotten the perfect American choice: Robert Mitchum.
  2. David Huddleston,The Big Lebowski, 1997.  In his making of book, ex-Coen Brothers assistant Alex Belth said the titular casting of the fat, wheelchair-bound Pasadena tycoon(Jeff Bridges was the son, remember) was among the final decisions made before shooting. The Coens aimed high - Marlon Brando! - then chewed through Ernest Borgnine, Robert Duvall (not seduced by the script), Andy Griffith (great idea!), Gene Hackman (on a break), Anthony Hopkins (not keen on playing Americans), author Norman Mailer, George C Scott,  longtime right vleft political adversaries William F Buckley and Gore Vidal…. And even the arch conservative Bible thumping televangelist Jerry Falwell!

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