Thats the silver screen scoop from Jane Jenkins, professional casting director for Hollywood blockbusters like Ghost, Jurassic Park, and Transformers, whos just penned a book with her casting partner, Janet Hirshenson, titled, A Star Is Found: Our Adventures Casting Some of Hollywoods Biggest Movies (Harcourt).
Despite being the first to cast tremendous talents like Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, and Leonardo DiCaprio, Jenkins has never been able to foresee an actors flourishing fame, and believes that screen success comes down to luck and timing.
Jenkins says, Stars must truly align for an actor to become a star. Its about getting the right part, in the right film, at the right time. Just think about George Clooneys career. Who wouldve thought E.R. was the break he needed to really put him on the map? You never know whos going to conquer Hollywood.
And despite her reputation for casting true talents, Jenkins admits she didnt predict the stellar stardom of former unknown Matt Damon when she cast him for a tiny part in Mystic Pizza in 1988.
Jenkins adds, We cast Matt because he was a regular, 16- year-old kid who lived close to Connecticut. I had no idea hed go on to win an Oscar for Good Will Hunting someday!
A Star Is Born hits shelves tomorrow (Nov. 1).
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