Nominated for 2 Oscars.
Another 3 wins & 2 nominations.
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Made an award winning short subject, "Hot Dogs for Gauguin" with Danny DeVito early in his career.
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[on casting Gigli
(2003)] I thought of Ben for a couple of reasons. He has the physical presence to make Gigli intimidating, but he also possesses a wonderful vulnerability. He has a very outgoing nature that, simultaneously, reveals a certain amount of self-doubt. Ben understands the character's contradictions, his bullying, thug-like behavior and that layer of sensitivity. It was fascinating to...
He was originally going to direct Rain Man
(1988) but abruptly bailed when production was due to start due to "creative differences". Spielberg stepped in but left after a few months, followed by Sidney Pollack who eventually left as well, leaving the project without a director until Barry Levinson