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CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE

Just Jack Nicholson

There are more than 8,000 actors detailed on this site. Some have passed a single movie. Others, many more. Then, there are the champs… Since launching CCC in 2008, Marlon Brando always topped this list. And year by year, discovery by discovery, Jack Nicholson, has been catching up. Well, he’s done it…!

He was always second to Brando’s total of 164 bypassed films. Until someone pointed out that Nicholson had refused not one (as I reported on his page) but two roles in The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion in 2000. Now I find he passed on the cop Arbogast in the 1997 shot- for-shot copy of Psycho and refused the slick villain of Horrible Bosses 2, 2013. All of which brings his total to…

1. Nicholson - 167 movies 
2. Brando - missed 164 
3. Cary Grant -147 
4. Paul Newman - 147
5. Tom Cruise - 110

Highest Brit Sir Sean at 108.
Highest lady is Bette Davis, 90 items; Jodie Foster, 80;  Michelle Pfeiffer, 72; Meryl Streep, 70; Nicole Kidman, 69; Julie Christie and Liz Taylor are level at 67; Katharine Hepburn, 66; Debra Winger, 65.
Newer Brigade: Brad, 107; Johnny, 99; Julia, 64; Leo, 64; Jim Carrey, 62; Madonna, 61; Jennifer Aniston, 27; Jennifer Lawrence, 23.

(You'll find the full list at Champions in the Main Menu)

 

DOOM'S DAY

Cassel as Doom

Rumours persist about the French Westworld star Vincent Cassel joining yet another (wasted) attempt at the Fantastic Four. “I refused the rôle several years ago - like all the other superhero film villains. Then, the comic book artist, the Brazilian Mike Deodato Jr, chose to give my face to his Doctor Doom character. I don’t really don’t know why but I find that rather cool.”

 

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"Nobody on this planet knows or has thought as much about ThunderCats as I have… I didn't pay attention in school, made terrible grades. And the reason? I was writing my ThunderCats screenplay through my entire 10th grade year. And I was hand-writing it… 272 pages long. I still have it." – but it's not the one being made by the newest hot-shot director in town, Adam Wingard.

"I did have a small suspicion that you Brits might like a film about drinking." Danish director Thomas Vinterberg on his Another Round Bafta win. He got the Oscar, as well. And DiCaprio got the re-make rights.

"If you don't give me the part I will kill you!" - Peter O'Toole to The Stuntman writer-director Richard Rush in 1978.

"I'm so honored to be able to be the one to referee the ultimate matchup." - Godzilla vs King Kong's Adam Wingard. Aw c'mon, man and you'd kicked off this column so well…

"I'm going to keep my mouth shut because I have nothing to complain about. I feel bad about feeling good." Russian-born director Ilya Naishuller on his smash hit, Nobody.

"There are more amazing things to come that will comment on or inform the actual incidents of Breaking Bad in a surprising way." - Bob Odenkirk (he's Nobody) on the final Better Call Saul season.

"Nicol Williamson was a wild man, too… Late one night, Nicol got quite loaded and threatened to throw Bob Dylan off a hotel balcony!" - director John Flynn, on The Jerusalem File, 1971.

"This is about the 36th movie for Godzilla. He's made just a few more films than Elvis." - Adam Wingard, back on form to wind up this edition.

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This is the film that bred this site ... after Robert Redford told me he'd planned a little black-white version - with Robert De Niro, and Michael Moriarty as Woodstein.
When Imogen Rules the Earth

BOND LADY

They used to call her The Countess of Cleavage… Imogen Hassall was among the many (Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, Jill St John, Raquel Welch) seen for Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever. She tested with such potential Bonds as a former New Zealand sheep farmer called Roger Green. Oh no, said Hollywood, having suffered George Lazenby, “not another antipodean!”

BETELGEUSE LYDIA

Writing about life after death and all that jazz can be easier than casting it… Ask Tim Burton. Before Michael Keaton headed Beetlejuice, 1987, Burton thought about US stand-up comic Sam Kinison and the UK sit-down Dudley Moore. In truth, Tim only ever wanted Sammy Davis, a favourite star of his since childhood. The suits were horrified. "Sometimes my ideas don’t go down so well with the studios. But hey, you try." And then there was the greater problem of Lydia. Burton sped through Justine Bateman, Jennifer Connelly, Diane Lane, Juliette Lewis, Lori Loughlin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Molly Ringwald, Brooke Shields. And fell for Winona Ryder. Hey, didn’t we all...

NOW THAT'S A MASK

Kim Noval kitty mask
Actually, it’s Kim Novak as a Greenwich Village witch with her familiar - a scene-stealing Siamese cat called Pyewacket. - in 1958’s Bell, Book and Candle.


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"This is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves and hold onto to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that. This is for you. You inspire me to keep going." Producer-director-editor Chloé Zhao on her historic Oscar win.

"It’s going to be a visual acid trip to watch. It’s just going to be really cool.” - Natahsa Henstridge on This Game’s Called Murder.

"I really want to do comedy. I’m tired of crying. [Laugh] I’m a crackerjack. I really have to put myself through the wringer to get there." -  Mira Sorvino

"I like complicated characters. That was a very important book for me. Immortality is something that I started exploring on Eternals but is something I want to question and understand." - Chloé Zhao on reimagining Dracula.

"I’ve been working with this nose, which I’m never going to change. My nose is going to stay there forever. I like it. It has a lot of personality." -  Sophia Loren

"It’s pronounced ‘romaine’ - like the lettuce." - Rebecca Romjin

"The more famous an actress becomes, the less she's allowed to eat." -  Lana Turner.

"I don’t do T&A very well because I haven’t got much of either." -   Tea Leoni

"I was an idiot in terms of career-building, but I had a great time." - Sally Kellerman

"As you get older, you realise your parents aren't these superheroes. They're actually people."- Rumer Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.

“Right now I want to go back to my chickens and dogs. Hopefully they still remember me.” - Chloé Zhao at the blissful end to her Oscar campaign.

NO TIME FOR BOND

Beardy Bond

"We want to release the movie at the same time all around the world,” Daniel Craig told Jimmy Fallon about Covid, “and this isn't the right time." So, seeya in October (like after his summer gig with ZZ Top) in the Bond Special Home Page. All you ever need to know about Jimbo. And more… Would I lie?

 


 

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