Jay Mohr, Picture Perfect, 1996. Jennifer Aniston had a tough time working with Mohr. She wanted her lover, Tate Donovan, in the role. On his Mohr Stories podcast, he she kept bad mouthing him from the first day of rehearsal, when she pointed right at him and screamed: “Six guys they screen-test! Six… The one fucking guy I hate, that’s the guy they hire. Him!” The testees escaping her wrath were Stewart, William Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, John Corbett, Tate Donovan.
Ben Affleck, Chasing Amy, 1997. The story behind Quentin Tarantino’s favorite 1997 film… New Jersey auteur Kevin Smith wrote the script for his pals. No, no, said Bob and Harvey Weinstein – for a $3m budget, they wanted Stewart (two years before launching his Daily Show), Drew Barrymore, David Schwimmer. No, no said Smith, he’d make it himself for $250,000 with ex- lover Adams (it was their story), plus Ben Affleck and Jason Lee, and the the Miramaxers could buy it for distribution. Done deal! At that price, what else? Harvey was correct about one thing: Affleck is no star attraction. (He proved a better, indeed Oscar-winning director). Cerebral comic Stewart hosted the 78th Oscars in 2006 and 80th in 2008.
- Ben Stiller, There’s Something About Mary, 1997. The Farrelly brothers, Peter and Bobby, explained in 2014 that both Stewart and Owen Wilson had been Stiller’s role of the klutz who caught his penis in his zipper (“The frank or the beans?” asks Mary’s stepdad)and loses his mastubatory ejaculate! “Thank God, Jon Stewart didn’t get it because his whole career might have gone a different direction,” said Peter said. “I like what he’s doing.” On the finest TV chat show in America – more news and politics than movie promotions. And brilliant wit. He turned film director with Rosewater in 2014. And, alas, quit TV.
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