Sellers Snub Still Haunts Asner
TV and movie veteran ED ASNER is still bitter about missing out on a role in PETER SELLERS' movie I LOVE YOU ALICE B. TOKLAS - because he had to grovel for a $10,000 (GBP6,660) loan when he was snubbed.
Asner read for the role of Sellers' brother-in-law in the 1968 film but lost out to Herb Edelman - and the disappointment was doubled when the Lou Grant star stumbled onto the film's set on his way to beg his agent for cash.
He recalls, "I knew I'd lost the job and at the same time my family was moving to a larger house because we had three kids and I had to borrow $10,000 from my agent and he kept stalling me.
"On the day I went to get the cheque I was in an open elevator and I see these two figures come into the building dressed in tennis togs, who looked like two actors.
"I realised they were Peter Sellers and Herb Edelman and they were in the midst of shooting the picture which, if I had gotten, I wouldn't be making this goddamn trip down to my agent to pick up $10,000, which I had to practically grovel for. It's amazing how life moves."