i really dont think casting was the problem with eyes wide shut, at all. if anyone "ruined" it, it was kubrick himself,lol. sorry, im just not that big of a kubrick fan needless to say...
Asked why Kubrick had allowed himself to be strong-armed by his stars, Ermey said, "He was kind of a shy little timid guy. He wasn't real forceful. That's why he didn't appreciate working with big, high-powered actors. They would have their way with him, he would lose control and his movie would turn to ****."
im having a hard time believing this. if he was so easily strongarmed by people around him- stars, producers, financiers.....every
film he ever made would've been a piece of ****, he wouldnt have the style he had, he wouldnt have been KUBRICK. whether i like him or not, he definitely was extremely distinctive. no director who is spineless and easily manipulated accomplishes such distinct vision, let alone throughout many films.