A lot more stuff from a site for Gary Cooper.
Reblogged from http://garycooperscrapbook.proboards.com/thread/282/nevada-1927
This was one of Gary’s earliest leading roles and it costarred Thelma Todd and William Powell. This was also one of the first films where Gary had to kiss his leading lady on camera. He was mortified and didn’t think it was decent to kiss a woman he barely knew in front of a bunch of other people. When it came time to film it, he would barely put his arms around Thelma and the director had to keep telling him that she wouldn’t break and it was okay for him to squeeze her. When they got to the actual kiss part the director helped him work up to it by telling Gary to imagine that he was a starving man and Thelma was a nice juicy steak. Gary always had a big appetite and this strategy worked.
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