Over the doubts of Warner Bros. and in a departure from the usual practice with John Grisham movies, director Joel Schumacher cast an unknown as the lead in A Time to Kill. But even before the first ticket has been sold, Matthew McConaughey has become Hollywood's newest golden boy and a familiar face to movie fans.

McConaughey was the only actor that Schumacher and Grisham could agree on for the role. Still, Schumacher was worried that the film might founder on the tiny pebble of its star's anonymity. So he eliminated it. At Christmas he mentioned to his close pal Liz...

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