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While Hunter was under contract to Warner Bros., Jack Warner's influence won him the part of Joe Hardy in 'Damn Yankees', much to the consternation of George Abbott who had championed the role's originator, Stephen Douglass. "I felt like an outsider. To make matters worse, there was a musician's strike, so everyone sang to their own recordings, but I had to sing to Stephen Douglass' singing."
Hunter doesn't miss the film industry, but he does say there was something special about the bygone days of the studio system. "It was wonderful. They pushed people in those days. Jack Warner was supportive of the people he had under contract. If Warner said you were starting a new film, that was your job and you had to be there. Those kind of people are gone. Now the conglomerates rule the industry."---Tab Hunter in Variety, July 18-24, 1994.
"I was doing a scene with Sophia Loren, and Sidney Lumet said, "Tab, you're playing it safe. If you're going to play it safe, stay in bed all day long. It's the safest place to be." And I said, "Sidney, I will never forget that."---Tab Hunter quoted to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2004.
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