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CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE

Brando and Nicholson

There are more than 8,000 actors detailed on this site. Some have bypassed a single film. 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 now about as close as he’s going to get: 162 to Marlon’s 164. (Exciting, huh?). They will probably stay that way unless I have a new revelation from a Hollywood book or interview about Jack having been up for Dracula, Wolverine and Larry in the terrible Three Stooges!
They were Mulholland Drive neighbours and tried to work together in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Deliverance (Brando agreed, even said “I’ll take whatever you pay Jack” - but that added up half the budget! ). They chose The Missouri Breaks (above) and the less said about that the better. Both were up for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Name of the Rose, Coppola’s Great Gatsby and Fellini wanted either one as his 1976 Casanova.

1. Brando - missed 164 movies 
2. Nicholson - 162 
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)

 

DEAR DIARY

Bondo

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

Covid 19 (soon to be 20, no?) has forced new openings for more than just Commander Bond (now due April 2, 2021 (March 31 in France)… Wonder Woman 1984, opens on December 25 and Monster Hunter, five days later. Tiny Tom’s Top Gun: Maverick lands on July 2, 2021. Matrix 4 won’t take blue or red pills until December 22, 2021. Robert Pattinson’s Batman is booked for March 2, 2022, Ezra Miller will Flash on November 4… and Shazam! Fury of the Gods is as late as June 2, 2023. What? Oh, the continuums… Well, the new Star Wars trilogy explodes in 2023, 2025 and 2027 - cleverly avoiding messing with the Avatars in December 2022, 2024, 2026, and 2028.

 

He said title

When buttoning a three-button jacket, it’s sometimes the top one, always for the middle, and never for the bottom. If you meet a man with the bottom button done up, call a cab. He’s not currently functioning - you shouldn’t be breathing the same air.” - Bill Nighy

I steal from everything. Great artists steal. They don’t do hommages. - Quentin Tarantino

God is silent. Now if only man would shut up. - Woody Allen.

Acting can’t be all that complicated when you consider one of the biggest stars who ever lived was Rin Tin Tin. - Robert Mitchum.

Getting older is like being steadily, increasingly punished for a crime I didn’t commit. - Terence Stamp

Will there be a third film? I didn’t think there’d be a second! - Bjorn Ulvaeus on Mamma Mia films.

Being in love is the nearest most people get to going insane. I’m fascinated by that - Julian Fellowes, writer of Gosford Park and all its children: Downton Abbey. The English Game, Belgravia.

You could talk to him, for hours and never get the slightest indication that he was an actor. - David Lean on why he loved William Holden

I love monologues. - Sam Jackson

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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 Gloria Paul

BOND LADY

Gloria Paul, the British gift to Italian movies was among the final few testing as Thunderball's Domino in 1964. She previously auditioned for Tatiana in From Russia With Love - won in 1963 by a genuine Italian, Daniela Bianchi. Gloria retired in 1996 after a freak accident left her semi-paralysed.

WHAT THE ... ??

Smart phone gag
Driving up the Champs Elysees and listening to The Archers on BBC Radio 4 (sheer ecstasy!!), I noticed from the corner of my eye a new film poster - and thought: Good grief, the French have made a Covid comedy already! (They only seem to make comedies these days). It was another week, maybe two, before I got a closer look at the poster of Effacer l’historique (Clear History… Delete History) and found that the three stars were not wearing masks at all, but suffering from the other pandemic. Smart phones.

She said title

If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything. - Marilyn

Life is hard – after all, it kills you. - Katharine Hepburn

Redford is always the love object; he’s never the leading man. In The Way We Were, Barbra Streisand played the man, he was the love object. In Out of Africa, Meryl Streep was the man, he was the love object. In The Electric Horseman, Jane Fonda was the man, he was the love object on the horse. Jesus, even in Butch Cassidy, Paul Newman was the guy and Redford was the love object So this is what he wants to be. - Debra Winger on Robert Redford

When, I act, everybody takes care of me. When I’m directing, I’m supposed to be taking care of everybody else.” Anne Bancroft on why she only helmed one movie. Fatso, 1979.

Saying no to certain films is as important as saying yes, because it really defines you, - Juliette Binoche, who refused Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List… yet made Godzilla!

When when asked by The Hollywood Reporter if she’d turned down many roles, Orange is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne replied: Several pornos, yes!

I’m dyslexic. I can act or read. But I can’t do both. - Whoopi Goldberg

One time, Isabella Rossellini said I was mysterious, and it basically made my life because I’ve always wanted to be mysterious! Truth is, I can’t keep up that act for more than four seconds. - Tenet’s Elizabeth Debicki

People probably think I’m cool and aloof, but the truth is I’m panicking and sweating. – Tenet’s Elizabeth Debicki

I'm odd looking. Sometimes I think I look like a funny muppet. - Angelina Jolie

Deborah Chow

It's not only the responsibility of trying not to screw up Star Wars, but it's also the responsibility of trying not to be the first woman or Asian who screws up Star Wars.- Deborah Chow on directing two episodes on The Mandalorian... and the Obi-Wan Kenobi series to come.

 

Oh, my God, there’s a review of the show. And, oh God, they’re just talking about how fat my arse was. - Emilia Clarke on reading reviews. Or, since then, not.


 

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