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There are 7,333 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 movies 
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, Debra Winger, 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)



"Fortunately he was never in my orbit. We met in '92. He gave me the creeps and I said 'Let's not work with that guy,' and I never did." Gary Oldman on Harvey Weinstein

"I could do movies nonstop, even if there were no film, no result, just for the pleasure of being with the crew. It's like summer camp! I couldn't live without a crew. Well, I wish I could live with a soccer team…!" Beatrce Dalle

"He's the right height for a movie star. I'm too short." Jack Nicholson on Warren Beatty.

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

"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?)

"You don't make TV shows for fun - you make them for money."
Lee Marvin

"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.

"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.




The movie year ended in a disgusting manner with the toxic tsunami of The Weinstein Scandal. (Why do journalists keep calling him just Harvey, as if he was a mate and not a sleazebag denounced in 82 allegations?) Nothing new in Film, City, of course. Poor Marilyn was the Number One victim of the casting couch - "I've slept with producers. I'd be a liar if I said I didn't ... A lot of actresses get their first chance that way." Chaplin, Flynn, Mary Astor, Barbara Payton, etc, were involved in sex scandals.

"We're seeing the change as it's happening," said Diane Kruger. "All these men are gone. I'm amazed how many companies have severed ties with those men immediately. They don't get just a slap on the back and then come back." Not. Any. More.

Hollywood trade papers used to be about movie news. In these unprecedented times they have turned into Police Bulletins listing 50-plus other names kicked out of their robes for abusing their powerful positions, unleashing fear and assaults upon their prey - matching the deranged exhibitioning and masturbating freaks haunting public parks. Except flashers don't actually believe that young women crave sex with fat old uglies. Calling their actions consensual gives casting a filthy name (again) and, alas, impugns the reputations of the women who did get the gigs.
Many brave actresses - let's hear it for ... Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette, Kate Beckinsale, Emma De Caunes, Paz de la Huerta, Cara Delevingne, Claire Forlani, Romolo Garai, Judith Godrèche, Salma Hayek, Lena Headey, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwyneth Paltrow, Annabella Sciorra, Lea Seydoux, Mira Sorvino, Sean Young, etc - struck back at the predators. The big names: Hoffman, Lasseter, Singer, Spacey, Tambor. And small: James Franco, Paul Haggis, Max Landis, Louis CK, Ratner, Seagal, Toback and the correctly named Andy Dick. While Tarantino, Matt Damon, Oliver Stone just made total asses of themselves in their public statements ... as still more abusers were toppled from stage, screen, TV, the law, media, education, religion, photography, cookery, ballet and politics. But not from the White House. Not yet.


Sir Ridley Scott was so disgusted by the Spacey allegations (trying to assault 14-year old boy actor Anthony Rapp in 1986) that six weeks before the premiere, Scott sliced Spacey out of All The Money in the World and re-shot his scenes with Christopher Plummer. (He'd been second choice for the then richest man in the world, John Paul Getty). "I didn't even think about it." Scott told Mike Fleming Jr. "I said: We can't let this happen. We've got the opportunity and just enough time to correct it." Why? To protect the film (and its 800-plus crew) from Spacey's stench and the possibility of having it banned by some cinema chains.

Kevin Spacey was once described by US theatre producer Scott Griffin as the Norman Bates of show business. "One minute, he asks you to come in fom the rain, have a sandwich and talk about his bird collection - and the next minute you're standing there buck naked and he's dressed as an old lady coming at you with a carving knife." Or worse.

A $10m rescue mission on this time-scale had never been attempted before. Only Ridley could pull it off. And he did so … just before his 80th birthday! His actors, Michelle Williams and (the miscast) Mark Walhberg, gave up their Thanksgiving break to work with Plummer over nine days. "We don't need extra pay or anything," they said. Except Wahlberg got $1.5m and Williiams got peanuts.

At least 19 other stories have since emerged about Spacey. He was also canned from his hit series, House of Cards. Welcome to post-Weinstein Hollywood.
Meanwhile in Scotland, Christian Cooke has re-shot Ed Westwick's scenes in the Agatha Christie whodunnit hurriedly dropped from Christmas TV schedules ... The drama is called Ordeal By Innocence - exactly what Westwick claims in denying all allegations against him (including rape). It is made by the same BBC which ignored evidence of rampant paedophile Jimmy Saville attacking his victimes in its studios in the 70s, and even a documentary revealing his crimes.
Moriarty and De Niro

GODPOP Shakespeare icon Laurence Olivier as Mafia Godfather Don Corleone – fuhgeddaboudit!

  Shirley Temple in Little Women

After lavish tests of Shirley Temple for 1949's Little Women, MGM chose Janet Leigh as Meg.

  Albert Finney as Lawrence of Arabia

Albert Finney's Lawrence of Arabia test cost £100,000. But he didn't want to be a star.

  Selleck as Indiana Jones

How Indiana Jones was supposed to look. With Steven Spielberg's first choice. Tom Selleck.



It's happened again ... Regular visitors might recall the day I did some extra sleuthing about Buddy Yarus losing  A Walk in the Sun, 1945, to George Tyne ... and found they were the same guy. Well now I've unearthed an earlier version of the same story ... about Fred Warren. He who lost Miracles For Sale, 1938, to  E Alyn Warren. Brothers? No, same fella! And just to rub it in, for the 1935 Revolt of the Zombies, he called himself ... E. Alyn 'Fred' Warren.


So who was the year's highest-paid actress, according to the know-all Forbes magazine. Jennifer Lawrence? No that was last year. (And the year before). Not the other Jennifer, either  - Ms Aniston.  Nor Cate, Julia, Meryl or Nicole.  The winner was ... Emma Stone.  With $26m. (Pre-tax, of course). Good for her! She was terrific in the blah blah La La Land and livelier as tennis icon Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes. Emma should score high this year, too, what with The Favourite, beating Meryl to Disney's Cruella de Vil biopic and voicing Eep in The Croods 2.


Back in the 30s, everyone knew that Robert Williams was The Next Big Thing - after stealing Jean Harlow's Platinum Blonde (above). Therefore,  a special rôle was tailored for him opposite Constance Bennett's Lady with a Past in 1931. Never happened. His appendix burst and he died of peritonitis just as Blonde opened. He was 37. (Ben Lyon replaced him). Christopher Plummer, who knows a thing or two about acting, said Williams was one of the most realistic screen comedians. "He made Cary Grant look like he was overacting ... To watch Robert Williams act was like seeing a comic using the Method, long before the Method became famous with Marlon [Brando] and Monty [Clift]."

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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.

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 - 7,333 actors - to click on... More than 40 years in the making!! And 2,077,693 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.


Paris poppette Yvonne Monlaur tested for Patricia, Thunderball's health club masseuse with the mink glove - memorably worn by Mollie Peters.



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


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


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).


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

Photo ©redits:

All The President's Men montage: Reg Oliver, 1976.
All the Money in the World: Sony Pictures, 2017
Marlon Brando: Pennebaler/Paramount Pictures, 1960
The Godfather montage: Reg Oliver, 1976.
Yvonne Monlaur: Eon Productions, 1965.
Shirley Temple: Selznick International Pictures, 1946.
Albert Finney: Horizon Pictures (II)/Columbia Pictures, 1961.
Tom Selleck: Belisarius Productions/Glenn A Larson Productions/Universal TV, 1988.
Emma Stone: Fox Searchlight, 2014.
Robert Williams: Columbia Pictures, 1931.
Plus enormous thanks to The Man: Daniel Bouteiller.



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