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“The Graduate”: Not Starring Robert Redford

Pictures at a Revolution by Mark Harris[Mike] Nichols, who had championed the idea [of casting Robert Redford as Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate], surprised himself by turning the actor down.

“We were friends, we had done Barefoot, I was playing pool with him, and I said, 'I'm really sad, but you can't do it. You can't play a loser,'” says Nichols. “He said, ‘Of course I can play a loser!’ I said, ‘You can’t! Look at you! How many times have you ever struck out with a woman?' And he said, I swear to you, ‘What do you mean?’ He didn't even understand the concept. To him, it was like saying, ‘How many times have you been to a restaurant and not had a meal?’”

from Mark Harris' “Pictures at a Revolution,” pg. 237

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Posted at 08:17 AM on Wed. May 20, 2009 in category Quote of the Day  

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Uncle Vinny wrote:

This book sounds goooood! Thanks for the fun quote.
Comment posted on Wed. May 20, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Erik wrote:

Definitely. Very recommended. Harris has great interviews in this thing and he did great research. He gets the chronology of it all, which most people, most writers even, don't get.
Comment posted on Wed. May 20, 2009 at 12:16 PM
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