About The Cast
"Dick" is blessed with a truly wonderful ensemble cast: a mix of veteran feature actors led by Dan Hedaya and Teri Garr, an amazing array of comedy alumni from "Saturday Night Live" and Canada's "Kids in the Hall" and, in Kristen Dunst and Michelle Willia
"Dick" is blessed with a truly wonderful
ensemble cast: a mix of veteran feature actors led by Dan Hedaya
and Teri Garr, an amazing array of comedy alumni from "Saturday
Night Live" and Canada's "Kids in the Hall" and,
in Kristen Dunst and Michelle Williams, two of Hollywood's most
appealing new stars.
Of primary importance during the first phase of casting was finding
the two actresses who would play best friends Besty and Arlene.
"When we were casting the film," says producer Gale
Anne Hurd, "we wanted to make sure to find girls that were
a lot of fun but who also could carry off the difficult acting
required to be the emotional core of the film-to be wild and wacky
and yet be grounded in reality.
"Kirsten has been an actor since the age of four and is now
a veteran at 16," Hurd continues. "Michelle, having
come to the forefront so quickly with 'Dawson's Creek,' has gotten
her acting chops at a young age as well."
Director Andrew Fleming knew that to get the feeling that his
two characters were, indeed, best friends, it would help to get
two actors who could sustain that kind of friendship on and off
"I knew about Kirsten first," he remembers, "and
then it was a matter of finding someone who could match her. We
found that someone right away in Michelle. The moment we got them
together you could just see that these two girls could be best
friends on screen, but what's really great is that they've actually
become very close off screen as well."
Executive producer David Coatsworth echoes those sentiments. "The
chemistry between them was obvious from the very first time they
met," he states. "There was a terrific energy between
them and it was marvelous to watch them work together. That kind
of thing has to happen spontaneously, and we've been extremely
The girls had never worked together and, in fact, had never met
prior to their first reading together. "I never knew Michelle,"
says Kirsten Dunst, "but as soon as she came in and we read
together we hit it off just perfectly."
Michelle Williams agrees: "Kirsten and I are really good
friends off the set now. I'm glad we have that rapport because
Betsy and Arlene are so close, and we can carry our friendship
right on to the set."
"There is something fascinating going on when the two of
them are on the screen," enthuses Fleming. "I actually
found that it's not good to separate them, that they needed to
be in the shot together, side by side, facing the world."
Next on the casting agenda was finding the right actor to bring
"Dick" Nixon to life on screen. It was important to
director Andrew Fleming and producer Gale Anne Hurd to find a
solid actor-not just a comedian-who could capture the essence
"Dan Hedaya had everything we were looking for," says
Hurd. "He looks incredibly like Nixon without having to resort
to the prosthetics that other actors have had to use in the past.
He is a veteran of both drama and comedy, and he's done a tremendous
job of bringing our Nixon to life."
Hedaya admits to hesitating a bit before accepting the part of
the fairly wacky, paranoid individual Nixon had become toward
the end of his pr
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