Saturday, January 25, 2014
movie trivia: this actor nearly got Bogart's role
Early in the production, studio head Jack L. Warner offered the role of Rick Blaine toGeorge Raft, but the actor turned it down. As the shooting script took shape, producerHal B. Wallis began to envision actor Humphrey Bogart in the Rick Blaine role. As Bogart was under contract to Warner Bros. the role was assigned to him by Wallis. But after Bogart had been cast in the role, George Raft reconsidered his decision and contacted Warner to deliver the news that he had decided to accept the 'Casablanca' part after all. After consulting with Wallis - who had never envisioned anyone but Bogart in the role - Warner decided to support his producer: Warner explained to Raft that Humphrey Bogart had been cast in the role of Rick Blaine, and that the part was no longer available.