The casting of Hercules
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Author:  DisneyFan97 [ Thu May 30, 2019 8:11 am ]
Post subject:  The casting of Hercules

Did you know that Ed Asner(The Mary Tyler Moore Show ) Oscar Winner Ernest Borgnine, and Dick Latessa of Hairspray fame and Red Buttons all read for the part of Philoctetes.

Buttons actually said when he left I know what you're gonna do. You're gonna give this part to Danny Devito!"

Danny DeVito was actually there first choice but he originally declined to audition .

Ron Silver, James Coburn(The Magnificent Seven), Kevin Spacey, Phil Hartman, and Oscar Winner Rod Steiger arrived to the Disney studios to read as Hade.

Animator Nik Ranieri also claims Michael Ironside, Terrence Mann( Beast on Broadway), and Martin Landau(Ed Wood) also auditioned for the role.

Originally they wanted Jack Nicholson as Hades. But he asked for a crazy high salary and money from all the Hades Merchandise.

As you see it was not easy finding a voice for Hades and Philoctetes. I think it's interesting to think of what could have been.

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