The Twin Gynecologists
David Cronenberg talks about what it was like to cast the twin gynecologists in "Dead Ringers":
One of the most challenging roles to cast was that of the twin gynecologists in "Dead Ringers," a project that took 10 years to make. "I approached thirty of the most famous actors in the world. No one wanted to play twins that were so similar, or gynecologists for that matter," he revealed. "The Anglo-American actors didn’t want to play the twins, the Italian-American actors didn’t want to play gynecologists. Jeremy Irons was the first financeable actor who was willing to play the part, but then when we got financing in place he got second doubts. I had to seduce him all over again." After the film’s release, Cronenberg was interviewed by a radio journalist who stated, "If Jeremy Irons doesn’t win an Oscar for 'Dead Ringers' there is no God." Cronenberg said he has been an atheist ever since.