The other day my mom was prattling on about whether she should convert to be a Methodist because she’s been going to that church but then what if she wants to be a Catholic again at some point and blah blah blah and I felt the words coming out of my mouth and I tried to stop but I couldn’t and I said, “Well, it’s a good thing there’s no such thing as god so none of it matters!”
John Cazale & Meryl Streep in The Deer Hunter, 1978
Cazale had terminal cancer during shooting and all of his scenes had to be filmed first. Because of his illness the studio initially wanted to replace him but Streep and director Michael Cimino threatened to walk if they did.
"I’ve hardly ever seen a person so devoted to someone who is falling away like John was," said Al Pacino. "To see her in the act of love for this man was overwhelming."