Robert Altman couldn't believe it. before him sat two talented actors, Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott, with a script for a movie they wanted to direct together. "We'd talk for a while, and then he'd suddenly say, 'Now, you guys have never directed anything before, right?' And we'd say, 'Nope, nothing on film.' And we'd talk for 10 minutes, and he'd say, 'You never directed anything?'" recalls Scott, who worked with Altman on Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle. "But in the end, he said, 'Oh well, it's not too damn hard anyway.'"

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