Two Actors Put on the Hollywood Blacklist!
One day two young actors had an appointment with a major producer in Hollywood. The two young actors were named Burt Reynolds and clint Eastwood.
They met with the producer, gave their resumes, chatted for a while, and then the producer smiled politely, and gave them his honest opinion about their chances in Hollywood.
“You, Mr. Reynolds, unfortunately, can’t act. I’m sorry to say that you will never be able to make it in this town.”
Mr. Reynolds didn’t say anything.
“And you, Mr. Eastwood, you will never make it in Hollywood because your Adam’s apple is too protruding.”
And the two actors were dismissed.
On the street, Burt turned to Clint and grinned. “I can learn to act, but you’re out of luck.”
Burt Reynolds starred in two TV series, and made around a hundred movies (screen credits on the IMDB are lengthy).
Clint Eastwood became a TV star, made 67 movies, turned westerns inside out with such classics as Josey Wales, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, created the character of Dirty Harry, and won the Academy award for what is arguably the best wester ever, Unforgiven.
These two fellows were told they couldn’t make it, and they turned that ‘can’t’ into one of the wildest success stories imaginable.
Oddly, I don’t think of these two fellows when somebody tells me I can’t do something. I think of the producer who told them they couldn’t, and that makes me laugh.