My guess is there was pressure from the studio...

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Posted by Isis at on March 19, 2001 at 12:49:49:

In Reply to: questions for kevin posted by carlo marx on March 19, 2001 at 11:51:11:

But that it really didn't have much ultimate effect on the casting of the movie. For example, I heard a rumor (couldn't say how valid) that the studio heads were really pushing for Gwyneth to be Bethany, whereas Smitty & co. sold them on the idea of Linda Fiorentino (possibly an unfortunate choice in the end, but c'est la vie). Matt & Ben both wanted to be in the movie and took paycuts to do it, I believe. I think Chris Rock had a development deal with Miramax and they were trying to get him to do some action flick with Lil' Kim or something ridiculous, but he was a "Chasing Amy" fan and asked to be included in Smitty's next project. I can't imagine anyone else as Metatron other than Alan Rickman, and the part seems like it was written for him so I'm assuming Smitty had him in mind.

Salma's the one I can think of who was added for name value, but who knows? Kevin may have had her in mind for the part as well.

-- Isis
Lettin' my freak flag fly

: kevin - i'd like to ask about the casting process, particularly the differences between casting for, say, "clerks," as opposed to "dogma."
: casting for the former, i assume you made all the decisions. but for the latter, was there pressure from the studio to cast certain individuals that you probably would have passed on? or, do you in fact retain final casting decisions for all of your films?

: secondly, is there a particular actor or actress w/whom you'd like to work
: that you haven't worked w/previously? & if so, who?

: lastly, i read your mother's reaction to "clerks" after you screened it for her, which was: "why did you waste money on that garbage?" - or something similar. just curious to know what she thought of "mallrats," "chasing amy," & "dogma."

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