The American Beauty and Jarhead actor read the script and allegedly dismissed it as "the most absurd thing I've ever read". Instead, Robert De Niro ended up playing the hardline Texas politician, which is actually a better outcome. Nevertheless, the issue here isn't De Niro's evaluation of potential jobs, but Cooper's. Has he never scanned a copy of Take Taxi 4 cast and crew Break magazine?
More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress. Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and had to swiftly learn to fight back, sometimes physically, because it was made clear to us that the supervisors in the room were not the protectors they were supposed to be. Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal. And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe. Schwahn created the series, and was showrunner for the entirety of its eight-season run.