M a x p o w e r


An ap­proach to Aus­trian ac­tor Max­i­m­il­ian Schell sug­gested he was al­ready close in per­son­al­ity to Rein­hardt, The Black Hole’s mag­is­te­rial, hu­mour­less sci­en­tist.

Nel­son: “He said he would only do it if he met with the di­rec­tor be­fore he signed on. I said, ‘ Can you come to LA?’ He said, ‘ No, I’m film­ing at the mo­ment.’ I said, ‘ Per­haps we could meet half­way?’ He said, ‘ Half­way is the mid­dle of the At­lantic.’ I said, ‘ Well per­haps we could meet on your U- boat?’ And there was this long transat­lantic si­lence.”

De­spite the awk­ward ex­change, Schell signed on and turned out to be one of the film’s high points.

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