Original Superman movie cast
Casting directors Lora Kennedy and David Rubin have put together some of the biggest movies around, including "Superman Returns, " "Man of Steel, " "Hairspray, " "Wonder Woman, " "Cloud Atlas, " "Game Change" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."
"I think casting directors are psychologists and matchmakers and astute readers of scripted material, " Rubin said. "They are sensitive to both the actor's process and the director's process."
"And we're caretakers, " Kennedy said. "The actors come in with a certain amount of nerves and anxieties and dreams and hopes and wishes, and directors come in with anxiety and dreams and hopes and wishes, and we have to calm them down. We have to get them focused."
Rubin added: "A director once said to me that the two most important things in filmmaking are the script and the cast — and everything else is transportation."
"Superman Returns" and "Man of Steel"
"We had gone through a series of trying to reboot it with a bunch of different directors, and then we finally settled on a director [Bryan Singer] and an actor [Brandon Routh], " Kennedy said. "And that film got made, and he was really lovely, but we had also tested Henry at that time."
That would be Henry Cavill, who'd go on to star in "Man of Steel."
"And [Brandon Routh] was fantastic, but the film just didn't work as well as they had hoped, so we rebooted it seven years later, and Henry was still around, " Kennedy said. "And so I said to him, 'Let's try this one more time, you and me. Come in, let's you and me read this one more time, let's give it one more shot.' And he was it. And we just submitted him to the directors and the producers, and luckily Chris Nolan was producing, Zack Snyder was directing, and everybody was in agreement that Henry was the guy. And it took Henry and I seven, eight years to make that happen, but I knew it."
"There's really no list of young, overweight teenage movie stars, " Rubin said. That presented a challenge in casting for "Hairspray, " due to the star's appearance being central to the show.
"We knew we had to open the doors and see many, many people. But one of the first auditions we saw was a videotape from a girl who was working in an ice cream shop on Long Island, and it was extraordinary. And yet it was so early on in our process that we couldn't have that eureka moment, " Rubin said, "and what resulted was we had open calls all around the country, and everybody second-guessed this fantastic reading from the very beginning of our casting process. It took six months of long lines, of hopeful teenage girls all around the country singing their hearts out, and ultimately we ended up pointing to this video that we'd received very early on from Nikki Blonsky, who carried the film on her shoulders."