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Envelope Directors Roundtable: Tailoring roles to specific actors

February 10, 2010 |  8:00 am

Casting can sometimes influence directors who write their own scripts. For Jason Reitman, he lets the movie take shape as he writes but soon recognizes when an actor is right for the part, which then in turn influences the character's development. For Quentin Tarantino, at least with "Inglourious Basterds," he "didn't have a clue who I was going to cast."

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"Mirror Image" was written for Jack Nicholson. Of course the piece is somewhat dated now. Nevertheless, writing for a specific actor is sometimes necessary. If Brad Pitt is cast as Mat Dillon in "Gunsmoke" his acting ability will have to be superb to overcome his lack of stature for the role. Brad is up to it, but a carefully tailored script will have to be written to emphasize his acting ability.


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