Slim Pickens was Almost in The Shining

Slim Pickens was offered the part of Dick Hallorann in Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Shining, but Pickens stipulated that he would appear in the film only if Kubrick was required to shoot Pickens’ scenes in fewer than 100 takes.  Instead, Pickens’ agent showed the script to Don Schwartz, the agent of Scatman Crothers, and Crothers accepted the role.

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