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

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Harcourt, Nov 1, 2007 - Performing Arts - 307 pages
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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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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 ... Read full review

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This is an interesting book. These two casting directors have casted for some really great movies like Princess Bride, A Beautiful Mind, A Few Good Men, Home Alone and the Da Vinci Code, to name a few ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

JANET HIRSHENSON and JANE JENKINS have been partners in the Casting Company since 1981 and have worked with directors from Ron Howard and Wolfgang Petersen to Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Rob Reiner, Tim Burton, and John Hughes. In 1999 they were named the first-ever “Casting Directors of the Year” by the Hollywood Film Festival. They both live in Los Angeles.

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