AND THEN BEING ASKED TO PLAY THE GYM TEACHER IN 'CARRIE'
Betty Buckley was interviewed by the Miami Herald's Steve Rothaus, ahead of her concerts this weekend in Miami Beach. Buckley tells Rothaus a bit about getting her start on and off Broadway from the late 1960s to early 1970s, before entering the world of film:
She then auditioned for Brian De Palma’s film, Phantom of the Paradise. “He didn’t pick me for that, but he hired me to do voices in three of his movies after that.”
Buckley says De Palma wanted her to re-record (“loop”) dialog for other actresses who were pretty but couldn’t act.
“I said, ‘Listen, Brian, you can’t do this man. There are all these people like me who are studying acting in New York or L.A. or wherever, paying for our classes and working really hard to become better actors and any one of these parts would be great debut parts for us. I’m just telling you right now, I won’t do this anymore.’ He was like, ‘Oh.’ Six months later, he called me and he gave me the book of Carrie. He said ‘This is my next movie. I want you to be the gym teacher.’”