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2. Step Aside, Robert Redford

Originally Robert Redford screen-tested with Candice Bergen for director Mike Nichols. Redford, who had won a Golden Globe in 1965, did not have the underdog qualities Nichols was looking for in his lead actor. Upon delivering this news to Redford, the actor asked Nichols for clarification. “Well, let’s put it this way,” said Nichols, “Have you ever struck out with a girl?” “What do you mean?” asked Redford. “That’s precisely my point,” said Nichols.


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