Had a palpable sexuality that made Blanche's response to him complex, though not in service of the play. Bauer, best known perhaps for "True Blood" was a big, robust but good looking, sweet-faced brute on his own terms (Brantley even suggested he might be believable as Stanley). In his white summer suit, he was frankly quite a catch by any measure. Put him next to Reilly in a bowling shirt, well, you don't have to deal in physical stereotypes to see the issue. So the dynamic of the play's tension was missing. Blanche would have good reason to be drawn to Mitch, and could easily eschew the jovial but non-animal Stanley of Reilly. It was an experiment to stretch the play, and it wasn't fair to Williams, or really to the gifted Reilly, a superb actor.