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Stewart's Three Most Famous ScenesBy The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 2, 1997
Stewart's reflections on three famous scenes from his movies, from a 1988 Associated Press interview:
The filibuster scene in Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to
"At the end of four days, he said, 'That's fine, but you're not convincing me that you're losing your voice. You're just whispering.' It worried me. ... I stopped at an eye-ears-nose-and-throat doctor I knew and said, 'Is there any way you can give me a sore throat?' He just looked at me and said, 'I've always heard that you Hollywood people were crazy, but you take the cake."'
The doctor gave him a few drops that almost removed the Stewart voice. He even came to the studio the next day and continued the dosage until the filibuster scene was completed.
The crying scene in Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life":
"We did it in the first take, but it was an almost over-the-shoulder shot. He said, 'I don't suppose you could do a close-up?' And I said, 'I don't think I could.' So he took that scene and for two nights he took it frame-by-frame to bring me into a close-up."
Crying "is a part of the acting business. It takes work, experience, concentration, plus a complete knowledge of the scene. It's something that a actor should feel responsible for and not consider that the director is doing something unfair."
The drunk scene in "The Philadelphia Story":
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