Edward Burns

  1. Tom Cruise, Jerry Maguire, 1996.   Super-Tom One, Hanks, was into his helming debut, The Thing That You Do, 1996. Super-Tom Two, Cruise, said: “I may not be right for this but let me just read for you.” And Super-Tom-One added: “It couldn’t have been anyone but Cruise.” Except auteur Cameron Crowe had also considered Tim Allen (briefly, thankfully), Alec Baldwin, Edward Johnny Depp, Sean Penn (from Crowe’s first script, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 1981), John Travolta, Bruce Willis. Plus Burns, who rccommended his latest co-star, Connie Britton, for Dorothy – they both came second.
  2. Dylan McDermott, My Best Friend’s Wedding, 1997.     “Oh, if I told you the things  I’ve passed on…  A  lot  of romantic comedy offers…and  dopey action films.  No regrets except I would have made a lot of money.”
  3. Aaron Eckhart, Any Given Sunday, 1999.     Talked with director Oliver  Stone… about being Nick Crozier, the new face of US football coaching.  Always with a lap-top ready to calculate the next plays.
  4. Matthew Modine,  Any Given Sunday, 1999.      Talked with director Oliver  Stone… who  turned down many actors for not being as athletic as they thought they were  for this gridiron drama.
  5. James Marsden, X-Men quartet, 1999-2013.    “Mutation: it is the key to our evolution.”  Producer James Cameron and his then wife, director Kathryn Bigelow, chose Michael Biehn  for Scott Summers/Cyclops in the early 90s – and never made the film! James Caviezel won this version before prefering to be Dennis Quaid’s son in Frequency. (Nobody’s perfect).  To be free for Cyclops, Marsden shut the door on  Soul Survivors and slipped  the key to Casey Affleck  – after director Bryan Singer looked at pals Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Ethan Hawke, Thomas Jane (who became Marvel’s The Punisher, in 2003, and opposite Rebecca Romijn, X-Men’s Mystique), Edward Norton (already turned down as Logan/Wolverine), DB Sweeney (he cameoed as a Statue of Liberty guard), Luke Wilson… and Edward Burns, except the last thing a young and opinionated
  6. James Caviezel, Frequency, 2000.     Separated by 30 years, a father and son work by radio on preventing the murder of, respectively, their wife and mother.  You had to be there…


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