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QUOTES

“I always ended up with the next best.”
Alfred Hitchcock

“I turned down more roles than I accepted... and to be honest, the ones I accepted were often for all the wrong reasons.”
Ava Gardner (45 examples on her page)

“I turned down 300 roles. I didn't turn down every film. Just the most important ones.”
Oskar Werner (only found two of ‘em!)

“Acting is like masturbation. One either does it or one doesn’t, but one never talks about it.”
Eric Portman

“80% of directing is casting - the rest is choreography.”
Peter Fonda

“I was a great casting director - forever suggesting other people instead of me.”
Alexandra Stewart , who turned down Honey in Dr No

“It’s shocking that I got so tied up in reasons not to take parts. ” - he had refused Spielberg five times. “You can find reasons not to do anything.”
Dustin Hoffman, who refused Bergman once, Fellini thrice and Spielberg five times!

“Chemistry? Chemistry! We're actors not bloody pharmacists.”
Robert Stephens

“No, you must work with children - because you can only work eight hour days!”
Colin Farrell

 

Photo ©redits:

Marilyn: Lifetime Television - Don Carmody Television - Asylum Entertainment, 2015. Jezebel: Prod DB. Brandon Lee, Miramax, 1994. Peter Sellers: Hawk Films / Columbia Pictures, 1963. All The President’s Men montage: Reg Oliver, 1976. Albert Finney: Horizon Pictures (II) / Columbia Pictures, 1961. Shirley Temple: Selznick Intl Pictures, 1946. Tom Selleck: Belisarius Productions / Glenn A Larson Productions / Universal TV, 1988. Bad Day at Black Rock, MGM, 1955. Plus huge thanks to The Man: Daniel Bouteiller.

 

 

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WELCOME to a unique directory of what you never saw on-screen. The films the stars did NOT make. The movies that never were.
The most definitive collation of casting stories ...
Check up on all the films - of yesterday, today and tomorrow - that your favourite stars never made ... A cast of thousands - well, some 6,348 actors to click on ... More than 40 years in the making!! And 1.5 million words of spirited text.
The ultimate in movie trivia ... Better! Exactly the kind of history that Hollywood deserves. Back to front. Upside-down. Inside out. Full of flashbacks, close-ups, tracking shots (and, alas some badly edited sequences - sorry about that!) forming a fascinating, new and often bizarre flip-side perspective on your treasured movies ... and stars.


Sellers as Major Kong
“What’s the role?” said Peter Sellers. “All of them!” said Stanley Kubrick. Peter The Great settled for four. Dr Strangelove, of course, the US President and the RAF officer. And then, not wanting to be a freak show, he - er - injured his ankle and could not be USAF Major ‘King’ Kong riding the H-bomb.

All the Moriarty's Men
'Twas  Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty for "Woodstein"  before Hoffman and Redford brought Nixon down.

Finney as Lawrence
Albert of Arabia. When Brando said no, Albert Finney said Maybe. And shot a four-day, test as TE Lawrence (costing £100,000). Everyone said: Yes! Albie said: No, thank you.

Shirley Temple in Little Women
After lavish tests, producer David O Selznick couldn’t decide if Shirley Temple was right for Meg in 1949’s Little Women. So he sold out the whole deal to MGM - which preferred Janet Leigh to Shirley.

Selleck as Indiana Jones
What Tom Selleck’s Indiana Jones would have looked like - from his 158th Magnum episode called ... Legend of the Lost Art, in 1988. An Indy parody complete with hat, whip, booby traps and a McGuffin that everyone was after.


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You will find some of our pages have muddling changes of typefaces, colours, spacesand some wordssqueezedtogether. Extremely sorry! As Valmont put it: "It's beyond my control."

This follows improving security. Long story. All (well, most) will be corrected as/when possible over the next months. (This is a one-man band!) Meantime, I trust it will not spoil your pleasure too much.

 
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