Movie Fact #798 – June 30th, 2015:

For the 1985 film “Murphy’s Romance”, based on the 1980 novel by author Max Schott, director Martin Ritt and actress Sally Field, who played the character Emma Moriarty, insisted on actor James Garner playing the lead character Murphy Jones.

Columbia Pictures really wanted actor Marlon Brando to play Murphy Jones because of his “box office allure” which was interesting despite the fact Brando hadn’t been in a film since 1980, while Garner had more recently played the lead character King Marchand in the 1982 box office hit “Victor Victoria”. The reason for denying Garner at first was he was viewed at that point as primarily a television actor despite having enjoyed a flourishing film career in the 1960’s.

Eventually giving Garner the role, Field reported that her on-screen kiss with Garner was the best cinematic kiss she had ever experienced. So I’d say Field was indeed satisfied with backing Garner.

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