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Paul Newman and Bruce Willis

Posted by Janett on October 7, 2007

Work as long as Robert Benton has in movies – he coscripted Bonnie and Clyde in 1967, he wrote and directed Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979, he did the same with Places in the Heart a decade later – and you have stories to tell.A cute one, from the set of Nobody’s Fool, his 1994 collaboration with author Richard Russo that got Paul Newman an Oscar nomination, goes like this:

“When we were doing Nobody’s Fool, we cast Bruce Willis,” recalls Benton. “On the first day of rehearsal, Bruce came in, and Paul said, ‘I’m very pleased to meet you.’

“And Bruce said, ‘No, we’ve worked together.’

“And Paul said, ‘No, we haven’t.’

“And Bruce said, ‘Yes, we have. . . . We did a scene together before.’

“And Paul said, ‘Am I losing my mind? I’ve never worked with you, I know.’

“So Bruce comes in the next day, and he had a tape, and it was cued up to a scene from [1982’s] The Verdict, in which Paul is giving a summation. And there in the background, as an extra in the courtroom, is Bruce Willis.”

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