I was casting a television series a few years ago and disagreed with the network executives about a certain actress. They loved her for the lead role, thought she was appealing and attractive, and countered my objections—that she didn’t have any experience doing comedy and didn’t seem funny in the least—by responding, “but we like her over here,” with a tone of voice that went from insistent to menacing.
I gave in, of course. The studio president, with whom I was partnered in the project, called as soon as he heard. “I applaud you,” he said. “That took courage.”