Senior HTF Member
- Sep 30, 2001
Lancaster wanted to do good movies which is why he took roles in The Rose Tattoo and Come Back Little Sheba knowing the movies would belong to his leading ladies, not to him.Wonderful film, long overdue. A favorite anecdote I love to tell is that when Lancaster first approached Cooper about the picture, he turned him down cold, saying he always gets top billing. Lancaster replied, "Aw, hell, is that all you're worried about? I'll take second." Cooper then agreed to read the script and of course did the film. It speaks volumes about Lancaster that he knew what was important and didn't let his ego get in the way (unlike Steve McQueen, who passed on "Butch Cassidy" because he wouldn't take even "co-equal" billing to Newman). Coincidentally, four years later, the same thing happened with Gable on "Run Silent, Run Deep," and again Lancaster deferred to the older actor, even though Gable's role was much smaller.