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CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE

There are 7,000 actors detailed on the CCC website. Some have missed a single film. Others, many more. Then, there are the champions. Here's the top few … 

1. Brando - bypassed 152 movies.
2. Nicholson - 140 
3. Cary Grant -132 
4. Paul Newman - 115 
5. Robert De Niro - 114 
6. Dustin Hoffman - 109
7. Tom Cruise - 105

Highest Brit remains Sir Sean at 90.
Highest lady is Bette Davis, 78 items; Jodie Foster, 70; Liz Taylor, 67; Katharine Hepburn, 63; Julie Christie, Meryl Streep 61; Jane Fonda,Julia Roberts, 57; Madonna Michelle Pfeiffer, 56.
Newer Brigade: Leo, Nicole Kidman, 53;Natalie Portman, 43; Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 41; Lindsay Lohan (!), 39; Ewan McGregor, 34; Matt Damon, 33; Christian Bale, 30.

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

 

QUOTES

"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.

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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 - 7,000 actors - to click on... More than 40 years in the making!! And 1.9 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.



FLASHBACKS
'40s
ALL AT SEA
The entire 97 minutes of Lifeboat takes place on a crowded lifeboat after a Nazi U-boat sinks a passenger ship. Only Alfred Hitchcock could pull it off! For a rescued nurse, he chose Mary Anderson … from among the trillions testing for Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind. She remains more famous for asking Hitch which was her best side ... "My dear, you're sitting on it." Cheeky bugger!

'50s
LOVED BEN, HATED HER
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
RIPLEY TIME!
Yeah … Believe It Or Not ... Ronald Reagan was turned down for the US President's rôle in The Best Man because the future, real 1981-1989 40th US president ... did not have "that presidential look."

'70s
HITCH TWO
While sharing what became, alas, Alfred Hitchcock's final film, Family Plot, 1975, Bruce Dern asked The Master: Why me? "Because Mr Packinow wanted $1million and Hitch doesn't pay $1million." It was some time before Dern understood that Mr Packinow was ... Mr Pacino.

'80s
PURPLE PAIN!
Oh, Hollywood - Chapter 1,500,836 ... When Prince's managers were searching for funding for the rock icon's dream movie, Purple Rain (scribbled over the years in his notebook on tour buses and planes), the Warner Bros suits said: Yeah, sure. If you get Travolta to play Prince!

'90s
TRULY MADLY MUMMY
Like the rest of us, Steven Spielberg loved Juliet Stevenson in Truly Madly Deeply. He wanted her for Mrs S in Schindler's List but she was in a play. She was in the bath when he phoned. "My mum called through the door. 'Darling, there's a Steven Spielberg on the phone.' 'God that's hilarious, Mum!' 'No, I really think that's his name'."

WHERE DO WE FIND?

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.

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).

Photo ©redits:

All The President's Men montage: Reg Oliver, 1976. At Gun Point: Allied Artists, 1955. Doctor Strange: Marvel/Disney, 2015. Fantastic Voyage: 20th Century Fox, 1965. Albert Finney: Horizon Pictures (II)/Columbia Pictures, 1961. The Godfather montage: Reg Oliver, 1976. Grease: Paramount-Robert Stigwood Organization, 1977. The Gun In America: Roy Lichtenstein, Time, 1968. Tom Selleck: Belisarius Productions/Glenn A Larson Productions/Universal TV, 1988. Peter Sellers: Hawk Films/Columbia Pictures, 1963. Shirley Temple: Selznick International Pictures, 1946. Plus enormous thanks to The Man: Daniel Bouteiller.

RIP
Carrie and Debbie

 


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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