"(Josh) Logan had directed the original Mr. Roberts, and was also coauthor of the script.... I told him I'd had an offer to do the play in Fort Lee. "Well," he said, "you were one of the best Ensign Pulvers I ever saw."
"No," I said. "They want me to play Roberts."
He went stone-faced. "Oh," he said, and left for his own table. I was destroyed. About fifteen minutes later, he reappeared. "Why would Mr. Roberts have to come from Nebraska?" he demanded. "Why couldn't he come from the Bronx? You do it, you play it."
—Alan King, Name Dropping
"For most of my acting career before Riker, I played really despicable human beings: drug dealers and father-killers and henpecked husbands and browbeaten weaklings and spineless characters and villains and—characters you wouldn't aspire to be as a person. So, being cast as Riker was very odd for me as an actor."
—Jonathan Frakes, Star Trek: The Next Generation featurette
"It's a nice contrast to what I do on L.A. Law because Benny is like the the world's nicest guy, and Robert G. Durant is like the world's worst guy. He dresses well, and speaks well, and does awful things."
—Larry Drake on his role in Darkman
"Earlier this month, Ice-T spent two days recording the audiobook version of a new Dungeons & Dragons novel, because the casting director of said audiobook is one of the greatest heroes in American history. Ice-T was thoroughly baffled by the experience, claiming "Dungeons & Dragons is some of the most crazy, deep, deep, deep nerd shit ever invented ... this shit is impossible to read." You could print whatever combination of numbers you wanted on the price tag for this audiobook, and it would still be a pittance in exchange for the privilege of hearing Ice-T angrily narrate the exploits of a bunch of lute faeries and goblin chancellors."
David: Literally everybody in this movie is comically shorter than Shaq. He looks like Hodor or Hagrid or something. Like a man with giantís blood in a regular world. But he totally plays himself as a regular, put-upon dude.
Chris: And when he goes back to the old neighborhood after he quits the military, thereís a joke about how he actually sucks at basketball! Get it? Because in real life Shaquille OíNeal is very good at basketball?
David: I dunno, all I know about Shaquille OíNeal playing basketball, I learned from him being literally on fire in the middle of NBA Jam.
"Reeve was seemingly heaven sent, an actor who differentiated Clark Kent and Superman so convincingly that you almost believed no one would notice they had the same face. Just as importantly, he conveyed Supermanís sheer boy scout goodness without making him in any way sappy. He even wore the suit without looking laughable. Some argued against the initially scrawny actor, but the Salkinds figured it was easier to bulk up the right actor than to teach a guy with muscles to act. They were right.
Also, it seems likely that they thought an unknown would help keep the skyrocketing budget down. Considering that nearly every Ďnameí in Hollywood, from Robert Redford and Warren Beatty to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Jenner and Sylvester Stallone (!) were considered during the long casting process, the casting of Reeve seems tantamount to an act of divine intervention by the Movie Gods."
"It certainly is an uncharacteristic movie for Ray Liotta. I canít say Iíve seen too many Ďaction scifi thrillersí in the career of olí Ray. To my surprise though he actually does a pretty good job. I think the key is the fact for the longest time he plays more a dark anti hero...you arenít quite sure of his motivations."