23 Rom-Com Casting Facts That You Probably Never Knew About Until Now
Colin Firth initially said "no" to playing Mark Darcy!
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He's now really glad he did the movie because of how fun it was to make, and how loved it is all these years later.
And Heath Ledger's first audition for Patrick Verona
didn't go very well, but the casting director was so impressed by his charisma that she brought him in again for a second one.
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She said, "I just felt there was something about him. Even though he wasn’t traditionally handsome, there was this interesting, natural charisma about him. It wasn’t a great audition but because of that charm, I decided to bring him in again."
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Carrie Frazer – who was the casting director before the movie went to Paramount – said she "thought he would be fabulous for it."
The director wrote the role of Mr. Hall
for Wallace Shawn, but just had to go through the motions of auditioning other actors.
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She was already committed to a stage show in New York at the time, and has said since that she has "no regrets" about turning down the part as it wasn't meant to be.
initially said no to playing Mark Darcy because he thought the character didn't do much, but changed his mind when he realised that playing him could be a fun challenge to take on.
He said "I thought, 'Well, maybe there's something fun in that. You don't have to be charming. You just have to be incredibly distant and dislikable.' And I thought, 'That's pretty liberating!' So that was an incentive."
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He said that he remembers meeting Hugh Grant and Richard Curtis, but was mostly excited about having time off school to audition.
Rob Reiner was reluctant to cast Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally as they were best friends IRL and he was worried about what would happen if it didn't work. Albert Brooks, Tom Hanks, and Michael Keaton were among actors approached first.
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The two stars' first meeting was like a rom-com meet-cute. Lana Condor
turned down his request to run lines together while in the waiting room for the auditions, as she really wanted to focus on memorising them without distraction.
That's part of the reason why she wears platform shoes in the movie!
Putting Keanu Reeves in
Always Be My Maybe was a "pie in the sky" gamble, and the director wrote him into the script before approaching his agent to see if he'd be up for it.
Keanu even had suggestions for how to poke fun at himself, and came up with the idea of wearing glasses without lenses in them.
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In a meeting with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the director of
500 Days of Summer asked him who he saw Summer being. He instantly said Zooey Deschanel and they hired her shortly before going on to hire him.
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This was in reference to that
very graphic childbirth scene!
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