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Brando and 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 – the hypnotist Zoltan and the lead,  which Woody Allen was forced to tackle.  A move, he said, which ruined his movie.  Anyway, that news  brings Jack’s  total to 165. 
Longtime Mulholland Drive neighbours, Jack and Marlon first tried to work together in Deliverance or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas  only to settle upon The Missouri Breaks (above) and the less said about that the better. They were both were up for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestThe Name of the Rose, Coppola’s Great Gatsby and Fellini wanted either one as his 1976 Casanova.

1. Nicholson - 165 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, 67; Nicole Kidman and 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)




Daniel Craig finally attends the No Time To Die premiere in 2033 - after picking up his pension at the Post Office.

"This thing is just bigger than all of us," Daniel Craig told Jimmy Fallon about Covid. "We want to release the movie at the same time all around the world and this isn't the right time." So, seeya in October… like after my summer gig with ZZ Top.


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Shall I wear my glasses? Because I figure I'm playing you. - Michael Caine to Woody Allen at start of Hannah and Her Sisters.

Acting by itself can be pretty monotonous after a while. I wanted to do something. Also I just wanted to have a job when I was 60+. - George Clooney on directing.

If Warren had stayed a virgin, he’d be known as the best director in the world. - Dustin Hoffman on Warren Beatty.

When I go, just skin me and put me on top of Trigger. - Roy Rogers to wife Dale Evans.

Werner Herzog was a mere lad when first saw Klaus Kinski, who lived in the same building. "I knew at that moment that it was my destiny to make films and direct Kinski in them." Now he’s known for acting in The Mandalorian. With Baby Yoda.

This is how silly the movie was, OJ Simpson played a priest. - Re-writer Tom Mankiewicz on The Cassandra Crossing (Covid on a train). Tom’s tile: The Towering Germ.

Where I live people still read books that can't be made into films. - Stellan Skarsgård on Sweden.

What attracted you to the part, Mr Mitchum? “The director asked me to play it.”  - Robert Mitchum

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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 - 8,063 actors - to click on... More than 40 years in the making!! And 2,749,022 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.

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.
Thunderball wannabe Raquel Welch


Cubby Broccoli decided on Raquel Welch for Thunderball's Domino. “Next thing, the studio called on a Saturday,” she told me, when filming One Million Years BC, at Elstree studios in 1965. “Now in Hollywood, nobody calls anybody from the studio on a Saturday. I mean, the head of the studio just doesn’t go near a phone, any phone, on a Saturday.  But he did. ‘We gotta picture for you.’ ‘Well, I don’t  wanna  do it. I wanna do Thunderball.’ And he said: ‘Well, that’s tough, baby, because we have a deal going with those boys and we have cooled the whole issue.’ As it turned out, they used four girls. I looked like three of them, we  would have cancelled each other out. But in Fantastic Voyage, I’m the only girl!”. Eon released her - “which may or may not have done her a favour,” pondered Broccoli.


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.


Among the favourite books of a TV writer called Gene Roddenberry was CS Forrester’s collection about his Royal Navy hero, Captain Horatio Hornblower. He loved the film, too - with Gregory Peck. In fact, it gave him the idea for Hornblower in Space… better known over 55 years as Star Trek. Like most movie stars back in the day, Peck wasn’t keen on TV. His grandson is quite different. Ethan Peck has scored 45 acting gigs in the last 26 years. We’ve seen him in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, as the young George Clooney in The Midnight Sky - why, he’s even made a flick with Mariah Carey. (Why, indeed!). Today he goes where Grandpa had not gone before. Ethan, 35 in May, is the new Spock in everything from Star Trek: Discovery and Short Treks to the upcoming Strange New Worlds. Or, to put it another way, Hornblower Jnr in Space.

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In Hollywood, women have only three ages: babe, district attorney and Driving Miss Daisy. - Goldie Hawn in First Wives Club, 1995

So many surprises. That was Jack. And Jack can’t be explained. - Diane Keaton on Nicholson.

Annabelle Wallis

Me and Cillian, we call Peaky Blinders the gift that keeps on giving. I mean, I don’t know if the road is done just yet. We’ll have to wait. - Annabelle Wallis.


I wanted to be Warren [Beatty]. Who in their right mind wouldn’t? And that became our central problem. I wanted to be Warren Beatty, not love him. - Diane Keaton.

How was that in relation to being the only Asian woman on set? Well, that I’m totally used to. Being the sole Asian person is a very familiar place for me. - Sandra Oh


“You’ll never be a star because you can’t boil an egg” – said one Andy Warhol star, Candy Darling, to another, Holly Woodlawn.
“When I become a star, I’ll have my cook boil my eggs” – said one Andy Warhol star, Holly Woodlawn, to another, Candy Darling.


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