USC honors De Laurentiis
Jonathan Mostow, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who shared a story about his first meeting with the flamboyant producer who considered casting a then up-and-coming Schwarzenegger in “Flash Gordon.” “I said to him, ‘Wow, look at this! Why does a little guy like you have such a big desk?’ And Dino said, ‘Oh, you have an accent!’ And I said, ‘I have an accent. Speak for yourself!’ And Dino said, ‘You-a-cannot-a-play-a-Flash-a-Gordon-a,’ ” Schwarzenegger told the crowd in his best Italian accent. Mostow shared his experience working with the producer in 1997 on the film “Breakdown,” revealing how De Laurentiis flew Kurt Russell to and from his house in Los Angeles to Utah each day of the 50-day shoot. “That’s the way that Dino loved making movies — the bigger, the grander, the better,” Mostow said. -
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