Fred Roos (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now)

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You ever hear that story about how Harrison Ford was discovered when he was working as a carpenter? Well the guy he was working for is today’s guest, former casting director and producer Fred Roos. Here is a partial list of movies Fred was involved in either as a casting director or producer. Five Easy Pieces, American Graffiti, Fat City, all of The Godfathers, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, and on and on, right up to the recent Bill Murray movie St Vincent. I tried to touch on most of those films, but we also discuss Fred’s early days producing low budget war movies in the Philippines with his friend Jack Nicholson (who calls Fred ‘The Rooster’), we discuss his time in Haight-Ashbury in the late 60s, his quick ascent to casting-director-in-demand and lastly the 3 names that were being bandied about for the role of Don Corleon – and only one of them was Marlon Brando. All that and way freakin more on this week’s episode of The New Hollywood Podcast.

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