"Lost Roles" is a weekly column looking at "what might have been" in movie and TV comedy, exploring alternate casting possibilities that almost happened but didn't, for one reason or another. This week, we turn our attention to The Graduate, director Mike Nichols's revered comedy-drama, which celebrates its 45th anniversary tomorrow.
As with any movie, casting was the key to The Graduate's success. Obviously, Mike Nichols's superb direction, and the tight, well-executed screenplay by Buck Henry, were a big part of that too, but with another cast, Nichols and Henry's vision wouldn't have been anywhere near as effective. Nichols and his team went through an arduous casting process to [...]