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Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as adult Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish to be "big" and is then aged to adulthood overnight. The film also stars Elizabeth Perkins, David Moscow, John Heard, and Robert Loggia, and was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg. It was produced by Gracie Films and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Upon release, Big was met with wide critical acclaim, particularly for Hanks' performance. It was a huge commercial success as well, grossing $151 million worldwide against a production budget of $18 million, and it proved to be pivotal to Hanks' career, establishing him as a major box-office draw as well as a critical favorite. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
During a recent appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” (via NME), actress Elizabeth Perkins shined a light on an alternate version of “Big” in which the original casting of Robert De Niro as Josh Baskin stuck. Tom Hanks ultimately landed the part of Josh in the Penny Marshall-directed 1988 body swap comedy, and his performance remains one of his most famous to this day. But Perkins said she first auditioned for “Big” by reading scenes opposite De Niro, not Hanks.
“The ground rules of the film were laid out definitively by the script and from discussion with Penny [Marshall],” Hanks once told Film Comment about his “Big” role. “We called it INSH: innocence and shyness. The two governing traits of this kid. … We rehearsed more on ‘Big’ than on any film I’ve ever made — for about three weeks before we started — to the point of almost being numb. But it helped in the long run because once you’ve done it so many different ways, you cast off all your bad habits.” (Source: www.indiewire.com)