The perfect ingredients to make a great film can’t be found in any kind of cinematic cook book. Producers and filmmakers come together, hoping that whatever it is they make turns out to be a critical and financial success. And making movies is hard work, involving many hands and helpers, to help guide a production through the inevitable problems behind and in front of the camera. All in all, it takes determination, passion, and a lot of money to make sure a movie comes out just right.

But even the best films can screw up in a major way when it comes to who’s on camera. Movies often have a specific motivation for casting certain stars ...

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