James Dean

What large movie studio did Elia Kazan convince to cast James Dean as Cal Trask in East of Eden?


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Warner Brothers thought that the part of Cal Trask was a key one. There were not sure if the new comer James Dean with no feature film experience was a good idea. Elia Kazan who knew Dean in New York and had seen much of his work there was confident Dean was ideal for the part. Kazan based a good deal of his reputation on the selection of Dean.