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...
Was the original director of WarGames
(1983) but was replaced by John Badham
. Several of Brest's scenes still remain in the film.