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“Shirley MacLaine is a living legend of cinema, of which there are hardly any left in Hollywood,” says Tennant. “The opportunity to have her as the leading lady of "Wild Oats" is fantastic!” “But I admit that I am mad about / crazy for Jessica Lange, ever since I first saw her in "Tootsie" (1982),” he reveals. “I think that she is a great actress.”
"I swear to God, every job I’ve ever taken, about three weeks before I begin, I call up my agent and say, ‘I don’t think I can do this. I don’t think I’m right for it. They should call up Jessica Lange. I don’t think I’d be… I can’t do this! I don’t know why they hired me. Why’d they hire me??’”
— Meryl Streep, IU Auditorium, November 2010
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Murphy had met with HBO programming chief, Michael Lombardo, to pitch his idea for a movie about the making of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" with Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. Lombardo, unfortunately, wasn’t interested and moved on to “The Normal Heart.”
I think a movie on the making of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" is a great idea. Davis and Crawford’s bitter feud, on set and off, is legendary. That Lange and Sarandon were originally pitched to star makes this project sound even better! (But who was going to play whom?) We need to convince Lombardo to reconsider. A movie about two Classic Hollywood legends, played by two modern-day legends, duking it out on the set of a camp horror classic is something we definitely would watch, and could have the potential to be both a big media event and a ratings blockbuster.
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