Friday, March 06, 2009

Picnic | Was William Holden too old to play Hal Carter?

During the casting period of the film William Holden, at 37, was wary of playing Hal (Novak was about half his age). He shaved his chest for the shirtless shots and was reportedly nervous about his dancing for the "Moonglow" scene. Logan took him to Kansas roadhouses where he practiced steps in front of jukeboxes with choreographer Miriam Nelson. Heavy thunderstorms with tornado warnings repeatedly interrupted shooting of the scene on location and it was completed on a backlot in Burbank, where Holden (according to some sources) was "dead drunk" to calm his nerves. "Bomber" the paperboy was played by Nick Adams, who dated Natalie Wood and was a friend of both James Dean and Elvis Presley.

Was William Holden too old to play Hal Carter? Give me your comments...

2NewCats Posted at 1:36am from Web in reply to TCManiacs

@TCManiacs Yeah a bit. But there is something about an older man... How could Novak not fall for that handsome face, neve rmind his teen act

  • maureennolanmissmccrocodile@TCManiacs You're joking right? Did you know Paul Newman was turned down for "Hal" on stage because "he wasn't dangerous" enough! Jeezzzz!
  • GuyLucasLucas_MG@anamariecox Very belated nominee for dullest movie title: "Picnic."
  • RightGirlRightGirlWatching "Picnic" with William Holden. I swear I know those grain elevators in Kansas... they're all rusted out now.
  • Celia Funk2NewCats@TCManiacs Picnic is my all time favorite....that dance scene w/Novak and Holden. Hmmmmmmmmmm

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