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Fun Old Hollywood fact #8

Did you know that casting Cary Grant as Cole Porter in Night And Day actually came from a joke? As it turns out, Porter’s choice was Fred Astaire, to whom he bore a closer physical resemblance. The studio, however, wouldn’t do it, as Porter had been confined to a wheelchair after falling off a horse, and they believed no one would go to see Fred Astaire, a great dander, playing someone who could hardly walk, much less dance. They then approached Porter again, and he jokingly said they should cast Cary Grant, who looked nothing like him. The studio apparently didn’t get, so they cast him anyway. Here’s a picture of Cary Grant:

And here’s a picture of Cole Porter:

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