BetteBack: Bette Midler Not First Choice For “Down And Out In Beverly Hills”

Directors find they can’t always .get the actors they want
Tuesday, February II, 1986

Speaking of first choices who got away, di r e c tor -wr i t er Paul Mazursky originally sought Jack Nicholson for the hobo role in “Down and Out in Beverly Hills.” But Nicholson, then involved with the ill-fated “Chinatown” sequel, “The Two Jakes,” declined Nick Nolle then got the part.

For the role of the Beverly Hills housewife, Mazursky originally envisioned either Dyan Cannon or Cher but eventually settled on Bette Midler because of the offbeat humor he believed she might bring to the role.

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