Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical movie Almost Famous, concerning the fictional folks rock band Stillwater within the early 1970s, was a breakout hit for star Kate Hudson. Hudson performed the mysterious Penny Lane, profitable a Golden Globe and incomes an Academy Award nomination for the function. But based on Crowe, Natalie Portman, who was a way more well-known actress on the time, was initially within the operating. In truth, a number of of the movie’s main components had been initially supposed to be occupied by greater names.
Speaking with host James Andrew Miller on the RADIO.COM podcast “Origins: Almost Famous Turns Twenty,” Crowe described how his preliminary selection for Stillwater’s lead guitarist Russell Hammond was Brad Pitt. “Brad Pitt was on my thoughts as a result of I had a extremely good assembly with him across the time of Say Anything, and he was simply beginning out, and he simply actually had one thing,” he stated. “So I called him with this to play Russell Hammond, and we spent about four months working on it. He read with Natalie Portman.” And display screen legend Meryl Streep was being thought of for the function of Elaine Miller, the mom of lead character William Miller (Patrick Fugit), who goes on tour with Stillwater to doc the expertise for Rolling Stone. Of course, the function finally went to the inimitable Frances McDormand, nevertheless it’s fascinating to image Streep terrifying the aloof Russell into lastly granting William an interview.
Pitt finally handed on the mission, which devastated Crowe. “I wept. I knew that [Brad Pitt] had never fully fallen in love with the character. He had fallen in love with the idea of the character. But maybe there just wasn’t enough on the page.” Crowe speculated a bit on why Pitt determined to vacate the function, which wound up going to Billy Crudup. “He told me [money] wasn’t the case. I think it was probably half and half. I think he was also uncomfortable with the age difference between Russell and Penny Lane.”
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