The Plot Thickens

Reaching for the Stars – and Paying the Price

July 6, 2021

As Tom Hanks researches his role, nobody recognizes how wrong he is for the part. There's more immediate pushback against the casting of Bruce Willis, since his part was written as British. But the hardest decision comes when the director insists that a Jewish judge be played by a Black actor, to soften the film’s racial tensions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.