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CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE

There are 7,319 actors detailed on the CCC website. Some have missed a single film. Others, many more. Then, there are the champions. LIke these … 

1. Brando - bypassed 152 pix.
2. Nicholson - 141 
3. Cary Grant -132 
4. Paul Newman - 117 
    Robert De Niro
5. Dustin Hoffman - 109
7. Tom Cruise - 105

Highest Brit remains Sir Sean at 98.
Highest lady is Bette Davis, 80 items; Jodie Foster, 70; Liz Taylor, 67; Katharine Hepburn, 63; Julie Christie, 64; Meryl Streep 61; Julia Roberts, 58; Jane Fonda, Nicole Kidman; 57; Madonna, Michelle Pfeiffer, 56.
Newer Brigade: Brad, 91; Johnny, 82; Leo, 53; Natalie Portman, 43; Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 41; Lindsay Lohan (!), 39; Ewan, Matt, 34; Christian, 30.

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

 

QUOTES

"I've taken movies for the money in order not to have to take movies for the money." Michel Keaton

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?)

"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

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

"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).

"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.

 

 

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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 - 7,319 actors - to click on... More than 40 years in the making!! And 2,045,270 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.



FLASHBACKS
'50s
THE ICEBERG
Answering the open call for Massala in the only Ben-Hur worth seeing, acting Brit George Baker was asked on-camera: "Have you driven chariots?" "Not yet!"

'60s
COMEBACK
Alice Faye returned (after a 17 year lay-off) in the 1962 re-make of the State Fair musical - as the mother of the character she refused to play in ’44! “I don’t know what happened to the picture business. I’m sorry I went back to find out.”

'70s
THAT’S MY ROLE!
"The only really good role I’ve rejected - and I could kill myself - was The Great Gatsby," says Jack Nicholson. "Since I was 18, people said I should do Jay Gatsby. I didn’t really go after the part for well, personal reasons I don’t want printed."

'80s
THE OTHER DOROTHY!
Hollywood has two iconic Dorothies. Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz and David Lynch’s Blue Velvet. He created her for Debbie Harry. But she was sick of continually being offered … The Weirdo. Lynch next called up Helen Mirren, Hanna Schygulla, Sissy Spacek. Italian Isabella Rossellini won the film - and the director.

'00s
TOYS R AWFUL
UK hunk Ray Park went from Star Wars and X-Men to such ridiculous toys-as-source-material as GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, 2008. Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers skewered it. "I don't know what to say about the acting, writing and directing ... because I couldn’t find any."

WHERE TO FIND ..?

PERFECT GRYSHENKA

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

FULL METAL HALL

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

STREEP KONG

Meryl v Italian producer Dino de Laurentiis. Read all about it - in her first item.

TORN APART

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

Photo ©redits:

All The President's Men montage: Reg Oliver, 1976.
Bonne Pomme : ARP Selection
Loving Vincent: BreakThru Productions/Trademark Films, 2017.
Tom Selleck: Belisarius Productions/Glenn A Larson Productions/Universal TV, 1988.
Shirley Temple: Selznick International Pictures, 1946.
Thunderball: Eon Productions, 1965.
Jodie Whitaker: BBC Cardiff, 2017.
Plus enormous thanks to The Man: Daniel Bouteiller.

 


WHAT'S GOING ON?

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

 

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