"The first day on the job we had a table read. What a table. Robert Redford and Sir Ben Kingsley were at one end of the room. Sidney Poitier was sitting next to me. River Phoenix was across the table. Then throw in James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Dan Aykroyd, David Strathairn, Tim Busfield, George Hearn. I don’t want to leave anyone out. It was one of the most spectacular casts I’ve ever been lucky enough to be a part of. I didn’t make my entrance until around Page 78. The cast must have thought I was there to take coffee orders at the break. I sat listening, but my predominant thought was “Damn, Sidney Poitier is a handsome man."
Actor Stephen Tobolowsky talking about his first day on the set of Sneakers.