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"If you made only the films you liked, you'd only work once every five years."
Paul Newman

"All the roles I refused were unnecessarily vulgar."
Ginger Rogers (Oh really like… Annie Get Your Gun, Ball of Fire, King Kong (the first), Mary of Scotland, Now Voyager, South Pacific?)

"The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis."
Marlon Brando

"If it's a sonuvabitch, give it to Bogart."
Director Vincent Sherman

"If I had stayed in Hollywood, I would have killed myself. Or someone would have done it for me."
Piper Laurie

"You don't make TV shows for fun - you make them for money."
Lee Marvin

"If you think I made poor pictures after A Woman's Face, you should see the ones I went on suspension not to make!"
Joan Crawford

"I turned down 300 roles. I didn't turn down every film. Just the most important ones."
Oskar Werner
(I've 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 (*Except Ernest Borgnine and Gloria Stuart).

"I was a great casting director - forever suggesting other people instead of me."
Alexandra Stewart.  She turned down Honey in Dr No.

"Stardom? Your name becomes a brand image like a product. You become Campbell's soup, with 31 different varieties of roles you can play."
Jack Nicholson.

"My films are summed up in circus, spaghetti, sex and cinema."
Federico Fellini

"A big fat lady came up to me and asked, 'How do you get into the movies?' 'Take off your clothes,' I told her. 'But what about acting school, shouldn't you go to acting school first?' she asked. 'No, no, no! You just take off your clothes.'"
Viva, the Andy Warhol superstar who did just that.



There are 6,810 actors detailed on the CCC website. Some have missed/passed a single film, Others, many more. Then, there are the champions. Here's the Top Five.

1. Brando - 146 bypassed movies.
2. Nicholson - 131
3. Cary Grant -125
4. Paul Newman - 109
5. Robert De Niro - 106
Highest Brit is still Sir Sean with 86.
Highest dame Bette Davis, 77 items (Liz Taylor 65; Julie Christie, 61; Katharine Hepburn,59; Jodie Foster, 58; Meryl and Jane Fonda, 57; Julia, 55; Madonna, 53).
Newer Brigade: Aishwarya Rai, 41;  Natalie Portman, 38; Ralph Fiennes, 36; Lindsay Lohan, 33; Ewan, 32; Downey and Matt Damon, 30; Dew Barrymore, Gwyneth and Sigourney, 29; Scarlett,  Reese Witherspoon, 27;  Christian Bale, Eva Green, Keira and Olivia Wilde, 26; Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, 25; Uma, 24; Amy Adams, Ben  Affleck, 23; Carrell, Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, 22; Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, 21; Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender, James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Tobey Maguire and Will Smith are on 20.

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


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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 6,810 actors to click on ... More than 40 years in the making!! And 1.7 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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Counsell as Patricia from Thunderball
Justine Lord, opposite Roger Moore’s TV Saint in 1962 was among the final few testing as Patricia, Thunderball’s health farm honey. Delightful Mollie Peters won and then married a policeman. When Justine quit acting in 1982, she wed a schoolteacher. One can dream …
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.



How Hollywood ruined Marilyn Monroe's dream role in The Brothers Karamazov is on Marilyn's  page - item #17.


For the full story of why Anthony Michael Hall did not make Stanley Kubrick's 'Nam classic, go to Hall's page. (The chunky blue section).


Meryl v Italian producer Dino de Laurentiis. Read all about it – in her first tale.  


Why didn't Rip Torn make Easy Rider - see his blue section on his page.


Some pages have muddling changes of typefaces, colours, spaces, and somewordssqueezedtogether ...  Extremely sorry! As Valmont put it: "Beyond my control." This follows improving security. Long story.  Corrections are happening.

Photo ©redits:

All The President’s Men montage: Reg Oliver, 1976. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever: Warner Bros, 2002. Doctor Who: BBC 2014. The Godfather montage:  Reg Oliver, 1976. Albert Finney: Horizon Pictures (II)/Columbia Pictures, 1961. Ladyhawke: Warner Bros 1985. Raiders of the Desert: Universal, 1940. Margot Robbie: Working Title, 2013. Tom Selleck: Belisarius Productions/Glenn A Larson Productions/Universal TV, 1988. Peter Sellers: Hawk Films/Columbia Pictures, 1963. Shirley Temple: Selznick International  Pictures, 1946. Thunderball: Eon Productions, 1965. The Asphalt Jungle, MGM, 1950. Plus huge thanks to The Man:  Daniel Bouteiller.

Je Suis Paris
We must never forget ...