This is fun topic I’ve been thinking about for a while but I never got around to posting on it. Does anyone want to play?
It’s 1967/1968 and while preparing Once Upon A Time In The West… Leone pulls out and so does Paramount and most of the money. You are now the director and on a much reduced budget you must cast the picture. For budgetary reasons you can only cast actors who are already working or are about to work in the SW universe. You can’t import expensive American stars!
The only bit of casting I can come up with is Anthony Steffan to play Frank, as he looks vaguely like Fonda and it would be against type for him to play the villian. Apparently Robert Hossein and Enrico Maria Salerno were originally in line for Morton, both would make good alternative casting I think.
Anyway, name your cheaper, local cast:
Frank (Henry Fonda) -
Harmonica (Charles Bronson) -
Chayenne (Jason Robards) -
Jill (Claudia Cardinale) -
Morton (Gabrielle Ferzetti) -