Director Turned Down 'Too Famous' Marcia Cross
Ironically, Stanley, whose prison sports documentary has been turned into America's number-one movie Gridiron Gang, had Cross in mind for one of the smaller characters in the film, about a community dealing with Down Syndrome, but he couldn't give the TV star the lead.
Stanley says, "I was flattered but I really wanted my three leads to be unknowns. It rarely works when you try to put high-profile TV stars in small-budget real-life movies. It's ironic because I had written a part with Marcia in mind before Desperate Housewives took off, and I wanted her for the smaller part. Her manager called and said Marcia would be perfect for the lead; I said, 'I'm not interested.' I want this film to be like Sling Blade, which was a hit partly because Billy Bob Thornton, at the time, wasn't a household name."
The $1 million project will star real-life Down Syndome actor Kevin Ewing and a string of big-name cameos, including Dylan McDermott and Louis Gossett Jr.
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