Ava Was Wonderful, But The Role Was Originally Mine

Like so many of my (almost) greatest performances, I was originally cast in some career making leading roles only to be replaced later because they didn’t want to go with an “unknown.” Here now a very rare clip from an early wardrobe test on Tennessee’s picture, “Night Of The Iguana.” Evidently La Gardner was doing some pretty thorough studying of this “unknown” because her performance was literally identical to mine on this particular take. If I had known I was teaching the Gardner to act I could have been charging tuition.

Just another untold tale of Tinseltown, kids. Now ROLL IT!

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