Runaway Jury and Jennifer Beals?

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  1. dick_harris

    dick_harris Extra

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    I just watched Runaway Jury and was distracted the whole movie wondering when Jennifer Beals' character was going to do somethng. She was on the jury, but never said a word. I kept thinking she would turn out to be an undercover FBI agent or something like that. Right up to the end, I thought she had to be there for a reason, but then the movie was over and -- nothing! She had no part at all! What happened? Did they cut out her part? I know she's not a huge star, but surely they did not intend to cast her in a totally non-speaking part. They could have used anyone for that. There must be some Hollywood gossip about this somewhere.
     
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    well, she does say something per say,

    she does argue with the other jury members at the end.
    and she has a second or two with her interview in the begining, when they are picking jury members
     
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    I didn't remember her ever saying anything, but it must not have been very much. In any case, didn't it seem strange that she had such a small part?
     
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    I read somewhere that she was saving her energy for all the heavy dialog required in her comeback film, FLASHDANCE II: THE RESURRECTION.
     
  5. RobertCharlotte

    RobertCharlotte Supporting Actor

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    You want confusion? Help me understand how Donald Pleasence got third (maybe fourth after Teri Garr, I can't remember right now) billing for Oh, God! when the man has under a minute of screen time and zero lines of dialogue.

    That's a good agent!
     
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    Thomas T Cinematographer

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    I think it's obvious that Ms. Beals part was cut severely. It happens frequently. Amanda Blake (Miss Kitty of Gunsmoke) gets co-starring billing in the 1954 A Star Is Born despite being cut entirely out of the movie. I defy anyone to find her. Oscar winning actress Beatrice Straight (Network 1976) plays Goldie Hawn's mother in Deceived and her part is about 3 seconds and no dialogue ... literally!
     
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    I just watched this last night, and I noticed that (along with Beals) there were a number of actors with much smaller parts that I thought they would have, like: Luis Guzman and Dylan McDurmott. Nora Dunn and Orlando Jones also had pretty small parts, but small supporting roles is basically what you expect from them despite their recognizability.
     

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