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    • Harry: (on how he hooked up with Altman in the film Kansas City) Initially, he involved me as someone who could advise him about how to handle the black environment in the film. In the middle of that, he said to me, "Why don't you play the part of Seldom Seen?" - this ruthless, debased, immoral gangster who runs the Hey-Hey Club in Kansas City. When I looked at this character, I said to Bob, "I can't do this. It's outside my reach. People think of me as a man of peace. I'm with UNICEF and I'm a Martin Luther King man, and now you're telling me that I must deny all that and play this character?" You know what Bob said to me? He said, "Well, Belafonte, I want to ask you something. Who started this rumor that you're an actor?" [laughs] That gave me great pause to think. I said, "Wait a minute, I am an actor." He said, "So if you're an actor, there's nothing you can't play. There must be some aspect to this character that's within you. Just bring your thing to it. If I'm prepared to take the risk, why not you?" And I said, "Risk? I'll promise you there'll be no risk if I accept this role".

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