Misery (1990)

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Misery (1990)
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Here is a list of actors who turned down the role of Paul Sheldon, writer and kidnap victim in Misery, before it was offered to James Caan: William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, William Hurt again, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Richard Dreyfuss, Gene Hackman and Robert Redford. If you had been walking by the Castle Rock Entertainment offices during a certain segment of 1989, they may have offered you the role. Why would so many talented actors turn down the part? Surely it’s not the case that they thought the William Goldman script treatment of a Stephen King novel wouldn’t be good. Were they afraid of looking weak in the face of a dominating, female villain? The mind reels.

In any case it’s good that they did, because James Caan is fantastic as Sheldon. But it’s also good that he wasn’t afraid to look weak, because Kathy Bates plays just about the creepiest, most dominating, fiercest villain in modern memory. There’s something contemporary and relevant about the idea of an obsessed fan as horror movie villain, and Misery still works as psychological thriller today.

1990 / R / 1h 47m / Suspense

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By: Tampa Theatre