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A Star Is Found: Our Adventures Casting Some…

A Star Is Found: Our Adventures Casting Some of Hollywood's Biggest Movies

by Janet Hirshenson

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I had never really put that much thought into what goes into casting a movie. I guess that I just assumed people like Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise were discovered (magically, of course) and catapaulted into stardom. Apparently, that is not how it happens. This book was really enjoyable and gave me an inside look into something that I assumed was magic. The thought that these two women put into the smallest roles is amazing. I almost want to quit my job and go work them.... ( )
  bookwormteri | Jan 4, 2011 |
I thought this was a fascinating look at how actors and actresses are cast in movies. The focus was on the casting of "A Beautiful Mind" but Jane and Janet also went through the different types of actors such as Unknowns, Stars, child actors. I never realized how much there is going on to get that movie into the movie theaters. ( )
  readingfiend | Feb 23, 2008 |
Got bored. ( )
  picardyrose | Jan 19, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0156033658, Paperback)

For anyone who’s ever walked out of a movie and said, "That guy was all wrong for the part," comes this first-of-its-kind look at how actors are chosen and careers are born. Two of the top casting directors in the business, who recently cast the much-lauded choice of Daniel Craig as the new James Bond, offer an insider’s tour of their crucial craft—spotting stars in the making. Janet and Jane share the fascinating, funny stories of discovering and casting then-unknown stars such as Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Cusack, Matt Damon, Jennifer Connelly, Virginia Madsen, Joaquin Phoenix, Meg Ryan, Benicio Del Toro, and the Harry Potter kids. Taking us from the first casting call through head shots, auditions, meetings, and desperate searches to fill a part, they give us the kind of behind-the-scenes access to the machinery of star-making that captivates movie fans and aspiring actors alike.

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An insider's guide to the process and politics of Hollywood casting decisions shares details about how actors were chosen for some of the biggest films in recent decades and includes information about dozens of A-list movie celebrities.

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