Trivia Question: Gary Cooper turned down the lead role in which movie, saying it would be “the biggest flop” in history?
Answer: When Gary Cooper turned down the role of Rhett Butler in the film “Gone with the Wind” he was quoted as saying, “Gone With The Wind is going to be the biggest flop in Hollywood history. I’m glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling flat on his nose, not Gary Cooper.” Cooper had been producer David Selznick’s first choice for the role, but to Selznick’s disappointment, he wasn’t interested. Unable to persuade Cooper, Selznick instead hired Clark Gable. No one got it more wrong than Gary Cooper. “Gone With The Wind” was immensely popular when it was released and is now regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.
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