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Marshall & Gleason

How did Garry Marshall and his producers convince Jackie Gleason to play the role of Max Basner in Nothing in Common? They tracked him down in Florida: "If you don't do another movie," they pointed out, "your last film will be Smokey and the Bandit, Part II!"

"He leapt up and signed the contract," Marshall recalled. "'Let's do the bitch!'"

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