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CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE

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. Robert De Niro- 117 
   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, Nicole Kidman 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'm dyslexic. I can act or read. But I can't do both." Cher

"Sometimes it can be a very simple thing, like: Wow, I want to ride that motorcycle and wear those clothes." Willem Dafoe on selecting roles

"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

"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).

"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.

 

 

GOING SOLO

After Hollywood's longest and most secret casting campaign since hunting Fifty Shades of Grey's Christian, Alden Ehrenreich became the new – the young - the hoped for new franchise - Han Solo…  despite everyone presuming Han was a shoo-in for Chris Pratt. Between Guardians of this and Jurassic of that, the so-called new Harrison  was (naturally)  among the 25 contenders. But Ehrenreich had already surpassed him as the great white hope following great work with directors Warren Beatty, the Coen brothers and Francis Coppola, since being discovered by Steven Spielberg… in a bar mitzvah video! Ehrenreich is everything that Armie Hammer isn't ...
Also trying to go Solo: A Star Wars Story were the known: Scott Eastwood, Taron Kingsman Egerton, Ansel Divergent Elgort, Tom (Draco Malfoy) Felton, Dave Franco, Logan Lerman, Rami Malek (TV's Mr Robot , cinema's Freddie Mercury), Jack O'Connell, Hunter Parrish, Jack Reynor, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Miles Teller, Max Theriot, Ed Westwick. And the unknown (but for how much longer): Emery Cohen, Colton Haynes, Leo Howard, actor-singer Blake Jenner, Landon Liboiron, Tony Oller, Chandler Riggs, Nick Robinson and Joshua Sasse.  Phew!

SMELLYWOOD 2: THE WOODY WITCH HUNT

Cate Blanchett and Greta Gerwig are Martians. They know nothing of life on Earth. Same for the sudden, long line of Woody Allen bashers. From young Timothée Chalamet to ancient Michael Caine. They sing from the same hymn sheet. "I'll never work with him again" (he's not asking) and, worse: "I knew nothing of the allegations." Of course, they did! We all knew of Mia Farrow's allegation that Allen abused their daughter, Dylan. It was scandalous news from as far back as … 1992! OK, Chalamet was not born until 1995 - that's no excuse, kid. In recent years, the opening of each new Allen film has been met with a media blitz from Mia and son, Ronan Farrow. Therefore, it is impossible not to have known.
What's changed these people, once so eager to work with Allen? Dylan has been on TV and said what we'd only read she had said before. Changed nothing.
The essential fact the bashers choose to ignore, as Alec Baldwin keeps reminding them, is Allen was "investigated forensically by two states (New York and Connecticut) and no charges were filed." In fact, the 1993 report by Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare said: "It is our expert opinion that Dylan was not sexually abused by Mr. Allen." (Furthermore, after a rigorous investigation, Allen and his wife were allowed to adopt two children.)
Her elder brother, Moses was 14 in 1992, quit the Farrow nest as soon as he could, is now 50 and, ironically, a family therapist. He has said that he witnessed Mia Farrow relentlessly coaching Dylan… about her father being a dangerous sexual predator.
"Seems to have worked," says Allen, "and, sadly, I'm sure Dylan truly believes what she says." His defence remains the same. "I never molested my daughter - as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago." Case closed. Except for Martians.

THE YEAR OF HJK

After doing almost everything on UK TV - Whitechapel, The Wire, Happy Valley, The Tunnel, Killjoys, not forgetting Violet in Cucumber and Banana and, obvioiusly, Ornela in GOT – the stunning Hannah John-Kamen is now knocking big movies out of the park. She debuted in JJ's Star Wars (helluva way to start). This year she's into a triple whammy.
We've already had Tomb Raider and Ready Player One (her F'Nale Zandor. was specially written for Spielberg's movie - she used to singalong with Steven on the set). Next, she's the bad guy, Ghost, in Ant Boy and the Wasp. Ghost was a real guy in the comix. But as HJ-K she told Hollywood Reporter: "I always say until you take the character out of a comic book and make it your own, it's still a character in a comic book. So it's up to you to bring it to life."

JUDY! JUDY!

Early art on the new Judy Garland movie - Judy, what else? - from the BBC among other combines. The script takes place during her London concerts in the winter of 1968, when she fell for disc jockey Micky Deans. Never knew why (maybe I knew her publicist) but I received an invite to their wedding in March '69. I passed (didn't know either of them) and made some tasteless comment about being there for the divorce. She was dead three months later … Rufus Sewell plays her ex-husband, Sid Luft, and Finn Wittrock is Deans. Judy's daughters, Liza and Lorna, are also portrayed - as is, of all people, skiffle star Lonnie Donegan! And it's as big a shock as the first picture I ran here of Gary Oldman as Churchill… but Judy is none other than Bridget Jones - Renée Zellweger. Astonishing!
Renee
 
Moriarty and De Niro

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

  Shirley Temple in Little Women

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

  Selleck as Indiana Jones

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

  Albert Finney as Lawrence of Arabia

BEST
SELLARS
"What role?" "All of them!" said Stanley Kubrick. Sellers never finished this fourth ...

 

GERIATRIC SEVEN

The Magnificent Seven made new generation stars out of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, etc. But it was first aimed in 1959 at old hats Clark Gable, Glenn Ford, Stewart Granger. And just two newer guys: Anthony Franciosa, Dean Jones. All to be directed by Yul Brynner … who wanted to call the Seven Samurai re-make: The Magnificent Six. Like re-making Ben-Hur as Ben-Herbie

 

 

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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 - 7,333 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.



BOND BABE

The UK's Rome pinup Gloria Paul was among the Domino wannabes testing for Thunderball.

WHERE TO FIND ..?

PERFECT GRYSHENKA

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

TORN APART

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

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.

Photo ©redits:

All The President's Men montage: Reg Oliver, 1976.
Marlon Brando: Pennebaker/Paramount Pictures, 1960.
Hannah John-Kamen: GK Films-MGM-Square Enix-Warner Bros, 2018.
Alden Ehrenreich: Disney/Lucasfilm, 2017.
The Godfather montage: Reg Oliver, 1976.
Shirley Temple: Selznick International Pictures, 1946.
Tom Selleck: Belisarius Productions/Glenn A Larson Productions/Universal TV, 1988.
Renée Zellweger: BBC Films-Calamity Films-Pathé, 2018.
Gloria Paul: Eon Productions, 1965.
TC sketch: Graham Marsh, 1976.
Plus enormous thanks to The Man: Daniel Bouteiller.

 

DOWN THE HATCH

During his final film, The Captain Hates The Sea, 1933, John Gilbert's alcoholism was not exactly helped by being in a cast of boozers, particularly during the shooting at sea. Columbia czar Harry Cohn cabled director Lewis Milestone: "Return to studio. The cost is staggering." Milestone replied: "So is the cast!"


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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