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Stanley Kubrick originally wanted Woody Allen for Tom Cruise’s role in Eyes Wide Shut



In Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker, a new biography on the late filmmaker by David Mikics, it is revealed that:

‘In the Seventies, [Kubrick] fantasised about casting an actor in Dream Story who would have a comedian’s resilience, imagining Steve Martin or Woody Allen in the leading role. ’

‘In a notebook from the Eighties he listed a series of possible leading men, including Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, Alan Alda, Albert Brooks, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks and Sam Shepherd.’

‘Significantly, when Kubrick finally made his version of Dream Story, he cast an actor without a comic bone in his body, the earnest, highly deliberate Tom Cruise. ‘Comedy would have been a weapon for the hero’s self-defence; Kubrick makes him, in the end, defenceless.’



Actress Julienne Davis played Mandy in Eyes Wide Shut.

In a new interview, she talks about what it was like to work with Cruise:

“At one point, Sydney [Pollack] and Tom were standing there and I’m as I am [nude] and Tom looks down and then looks at Sydney and he goes, ‘I love my job!’”

She continued:

“I found him to still give 100% even if the camera was not on him so my performance would look good. He was 100% professional, absolutely committed and earnest and he was friendly to everybody.

“He is a goody two-shoes, All American who doesn’t really have an edge about him. We got along great.”

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