Hunting For a Lead Actor
Though the role of Luke Jackson was finally given to Paul Newman, the casting process was indeed pretty lengthy and meticulous. The producers initially approached eight-time Academy Award nominee Jack Lemmon but Jack felt he would fall short in emulating the character. After which, Telly Savalas was approached but refused to fly out for the production. The production company didn’t have the time to spare if he were to arrive back to the US via boat. Instead, they searched for other alternative actors.
Since producers didn’t pull through with casting Savalas, they ended up casting Paul Newman, who along the way in his career won and was nominated for numerous awards, including an Academy Award for his performance in the 1986 film, The Color of Money.
Newman Didn’t Like Eggs
The egg-eating scene was probably the most famous bet in the film. For those who don’t quite remember, the bet occurs when Luke boasts to his fellow inmates that he can eat 50 hard-boiled eggs in under just one hour. This scene is when we’re met with one of the most famous lines in the movie: “Nobody can eat 50 eggs.”
In reality, though, Newman wasn’t so fond of eating eggs and didn’t actually swallow any of it. Luckily for him, a bit of some film tricks and a hidden trash can made the actor really seem like he could devour those 50 eggs!