Zero Mostel was the one who originally played the role on Broadway, and he was still active when the film was made. So why didn't they put him in the film. After speaking to others on the web, I found the answer. "The decision to cast Topol, instead of Zero Mostel, as Tevye was a somewhat controversial one, as the role had originated with Mostel and he had made it famous. Years later, [Norman] Jewison explained that he felt Mostel's larger-than-life personality, while fine on stage, would cause movie audiences to see him (i. E. , Zero Mostel the actor) rather than the character of Tevye. "
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