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In this week's Academy Originals we sat down with writer/director Ernest Dickerson who recounts the story about hiring a young (and relatively unknown) Tupac Shakur in the gritty film "Juice"."Tupac at that time was still a background singer and roadie for Digital Underground," Dickerson recalled. "And while we were shooting he was always writing," Dickerson added, suspecting that what he was writing were some of the powerful tunes that people have been listening to for decades now.For another interesting story about how actors were chosen, check out casting director Marci Liroff ("...
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Casting Director and Academy governor Bernard Telsey (Into The Woods, A Most Violent Year and Across the Universe Movie) took part in our ongoing Academy Q&A series.Here are some highlights from his hour-long interview.Q: Have you ever watched a film that you didn't cast and said to yourself, "wow, that was great casting?"A: I just had that feeling recently when I saw Selma. I thought the detail that went into that casting from the lead parts down to the one -liners was so specific and so memorable. Every face stayed with me throughout the movie. I couldn't wait...
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Believe it or not, but casting the role of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial's BFF in 1981 wasn't as simple as just phoning home.Casting director Marci Liroff explains in this week's video that the young actor who was originally chosen to play Elliott failed miserably in a game of Dungeons & Dragons. The 12-sided die did not roll in his favor when his true nature came out, revealing that he was not the sweet little angel director Steven Spielberg wanted to be Drew Barrymore's older brother and E.T.'s bestie. "In about three minutes it became very clear that nobody liked this...
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