The Cast of the Vernon Johns Story

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Introduction: The Cast of the Vernon Johns Story

The Vernon Johns story was a play written by Paul Green that premiered in 1986. It is based on the life of Vernon Johns, who was an African American clergyman and political activist in the United States. The play was remounted as of 2017, with all three of its casts composed exclusively of actors who are themselves African Americans living in the South, and the play is now taught in schools in the state of Georgia.
Johns is often remembered for saying, “Democracy to be real must be in the hands of all people.” He was a man who believed in education and civil rights. His did not believe that equality was given to African Americans and other minorities upon birth, but instead something they had to earn. As Chief Counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund, Johns successfully argued “Brown v. Board of Education” before the Supreme Court in 1954. He also fought for desegregation at the universities in the southern states.

cast of the vernon johns story
cast of the vernon johns story

How Many People Were Involved in the Development of the Movie?

Of the six hundred actors who auditioned for the roles, only fifty-one were selected. The movie selection committee was chaired by Philip Boutelle and made up of both critics and directors. Boutelle created an audition guide that he provided to the actors and which included questions such as: “How will you be interpreted if you are cast? What will others think of your performance and do they get it?” To be considered for the movie, actors had to be willing to live in Atlanta, Georgia for an entire year. At their first meeting, each actor was asked to sit in a room with cameras in it and the film was then recorded. This process was repeated for a second time. Candidates were judged based on how well they could act across a range of different scenarios. The final number of actors in the cast was determined by computer ratings from the audition tapes. The film, officially titled “Star 80,” was filmed at the Atlanta Civic Center in June of 1973.
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….The Angel’s Share from the “Star 80” Story . . . . . . . . …..2…
…The Angel’s Share from the “Star 80” Story by Christopher Fuegi ….23..
…The Angel’s Share from the “Star 80” Story by Scott Foundas . . . ..3…
…The Angel’s Share from the “Star 80” Story by David Edelstein …32..
….The Angel’s Share from the “Star 80” Story . . . . . . ..4..
….The Angel’s Share from the “Star 80” Story by Robert Koehler …46..

cast of the vernon johns story
cast of the vernon johns story

How Did They Get Casts for All These Characters?

The casting committee used a computer to decide who would get which role. This computer used survey information collected from over 200 experts on African American film and TV. Based on their responses, the computer selected the top 12 actors for each role, as well as five other candidates. These results were then shown to an artistic advisory board that came up with the final short-list of actors. This process was used to decide which actors would be chosen to play the roles of Broderick and Ezzard Jackson.
The final decision was based not on the computer’s selection, but rather on who the advisory board thought were the best choices. The computer may have had different ideas of who should be picked. The committee wasn’t told what the computer decided because it was too focused on other things. The committee was also prevented from knowing who the computer put on the short-list. The committee was only told that there were 12 actors and five were chosen – so they had to be still on this short-list, but not know if the computer’s choices for these roles were different than what the advisory board selected.
(The names of the actors in these roles are very important)
The committees working together did agree on almost everything, but they some times disagreed about the best choice for a particular role. They might disagree about the best choice for a particular actor, but they would usually agree on how each actor should be cast. For example, they might think two actresses were close to being the best choices for two different roles. But they would pick the same actress in both roles because she looked and acted the best.

cast of the vernon johns story
cast of the vernon johns story

What Did They Think About Shooting This Film?

Many of the actors were skeptical about shooting this film in a studio, and so they chose to shoot outdoors instead to mimic the atmosphere of Johns’ stories. The outdoor scenes were shot in South Carolina at a plantation that was later destroyed by a fire. The indoor scenes were shot at the studio in Georgia. The actors had to wear thick wool clothing in order to stay warm during the winter because they couldn’t use any heating equipment. They also had to refrain from drinking water because it was cold enough for them to freeze if they drank it while they were doing their scenes. This made it difficult for the actors to portray the characters in the film.
Although she didn’t agree with shelling out money to go on location, actress Katherine Ross was thrilled to be shooting in Georgia. She loved being a part of a more historic film, saying “I’ve always wanted to be part of a ‘period piece’ (as opposed to just period-looking), and this was just what I wanted. It was just about the closest to the way John described it, which is what I wanted.”
The film was a box office failure. The critics said that this building had wonderful architectural detail and would have been interesting to view since it was actually still standing. But the budget for the film and all of the extras cost $12 million, which didn’t allow for much scenery and diminished production values. The film only made $11 million at the box office.
Harry Belafonte won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Others who won awards were:
The film was nominated for the following awards:

cast of the vernon johns story
cast of the vernon johns story

Did Anything New Surprise Them When Deciding to Shoot This Movie?

The most surprising thing to the actors was the amount of research that went into creating a realistic script for each actor. The script for each role was written to not only be appropriate for the actor, but also was designed to make sense as a whole. For example, the script for Broderick was very specific about how long he had been practicing magic and how much it meant to him. He needed his script to match that cultural history and not just be a movie about a guy with magical powers. The research also included details such as the locations where each character would live and the type of cars they would drive.
Another aspect of the film that was very important to all the actors was the near-constant filming. The entire process of creation and shooting a movie takes a lot more time than most people think. The producers say that they often spent over 6 months on each script, but it really took at least another 6 months just to film each scene.
One of the main complaints about the film was that there were moments of the movie that didn’t make any sense. The producers responsible for the film say that is not a criticism of their work, but rather a general complaint about filmmaking itself. They say that all of those little details and moments in movies not only add to the experience, but also can serve as an extended metaphor. The lack of these little details and metaphors is precisely what made it more difficult for everyone involved. The movie was created, tested, and then filmed in less than a year.

cast of the vernon johns story
cast of the vernon johns story