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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.

FORTIETH IS THE WORD

Grease cast

Grease is 40 this year. Soft lenses were used on Olivia Newton-John, 29, and John Travolta, 23, as producer Allan Carr examined all his over-age high schoolers for crow’s-feet. (Stockard Channing was 33!) If ever a film required botox!
It all seemed good idea in 1972 when the flamboyant Carr bought the rights - for Elvis and Ann-Margret. Not caring a toss about their ages: 42 and 36! More suitable for Danny or Sandy’s parents. Plus Elvis was suffering from too much grease … Carr next thought was Happy Days' Henry Winkler with The Partridge Family's Susan Dey. He examined unknowns Peter Gallagher, Richard Gere (London’s Danny), Patrick Swayze and Travolta, a Broadway understudy, For Doody, not Danny.
Carrie Fisher, Marie Osmond, Deborah Raffin and Linda Ronstadt were up for Sandy. Marie got all all holier than thou about Sandy’s switch from good to bad girl … Silly Marie. Carr went to dinner at Helen Reddy's house where sat another Aussie singer ... and Travolta agreed. Olivia Newton-John was the one!
Elvis was back in the loop for Teen, well,Tubby Angel. He was not in shape for anything. The song, Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee, had a Sal Mineo line changed to “Elvis, Elvis, let me be. Keep that pelvis far from me!” Publicists insisted the scene was shot on August 16, 1977 … the day that Elvis died. Yeah, sure.
They did make a sequel. Greased Lightning, however, did not strike twice. And Grease 3 became … wait for it … Disney’s de-greased High School Musical franchise. How the mighty had fallen.

MUCH DO ABOUT MITCHUM

Paris auteur Louis Malle shortlisted Henry Fonda, James Mason, Laurence Olivier for Atlantic City. but the 1980 dream was Mitchum, "one of the great American actors." They met to discuss the old gangster role and Malle saw Bob's face-lift, making him look too young. Enter: Burt Lancaster. Pity! Bob could have finally got his Oscar. Except at 63, he told Malle: "I'm only playing 45 now."
 
All the Moriarty's Men

THIS IS the film that bred this site… Because it was Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty for "Woodstein" before Hoffman and Redford brought Nixon down.

Finney as Lawrence

ALBIE OF ARABIA - When Brando said no, Albert Finney said maybe. And shot a four-day, £100,000 test as TE Lawrence. Everyone said: Yes! Except Finney.

  Raquel Welch - Fantastic Voyage

ALMOST BOND BABE - Suddenly, Raquel Welch had erupted! And everyone wanted a piece of her. But she was under contract to Fox and the studio was not about to let her dally with Bond in Thunderball when Fox had its own kinda-Bond on hand: James Coburn as their man Flint. She didn't join either spy, although in her Fantastic Voyage duds here, she looked hot to trot - or scuba - as Domino.

  Shirley Temple in Little Women

LITTLE SHIRLEY - After lavish tests, producer David O Selznick couldn't decide if Shirley Temple was right for Meg in 1949's Little Women, So he sold out the whole deal to MGM - which preferred Janet Leigh to Shirley

Selleck as Indiana Jones

TOM JONES - What Tom Selleck's Indiana Jones would have looked like - from his 158th Magnum episode called… Legend of the Lost Art, in 1988. An Indy parody complete with hat, whip, booby traps and, a McGuffin.

 

AH, MARILYN

Marylin in Don't Bother To Knock "Can I just sit here and watch you work, Sammy? I'll be as quiet as a mouse." Maverick director Samuel Fuller, who invariably spoke in CAPITALS, had been offered Ava Gardner, Betty Grable, Shelley Winters for Pickup On South Street, 1952. Then, his pal Marilyn Monroe was begging to read. Unlike Jean Peters, Sam knew immediately, MM was not the Candy he'd created: "NOT SEXY ENOUGH to be a hooker, NOT SMART ENOUGH to be a housewife... Marilyn didn't speak, she PURRED ... I told her straight: HER OVERWHELMING SENSUALITY WOULD OBSCURE MY YARN. She was so disappointed, I LOVED MARILYN. Who could forget those sparkling eyes and THAT RADIANT SKIN OF HERS?"
 

WELL, WHADDYER KNOW

Odd things are uncovered when researching this or that movie. For example ... Harry Potter's s look seems to have been ... well, inspired, shall we say, by Alan Cox's young Watson in 1985's Young Sherlock Holmes. And the 1955 poster for the B thrller, At Gun Point, resembles a first draft for pop artist Roy Lichtenstein's famed Time magazine cover (The Gun In America) on June 21, 1968.
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MORE ADO ABOUT MITCHUM

Robert Mitchum made Desire Me in 1946. "Nobody desired anybody," he said about the MGMess. It was bad enough when Robert Montgomery was Greer Garson's husband betrayed by Mitchum, but when Bob 1 quit (to play Phillip Marlowe - a Mitchum rôle 30 years later!), Bob 2 took his place, Then, director George Cukor quit, Mervyn LeRoy took over, followed by Jack Conway, until it became Metro's first film without a director credit. That, Mitchum told me,  is  when he gave up being serious about movies ... "Around the time Greer Garson took 125 takes to say:  No."

HE'LL BE  BACK!

Doctor Strange-ly Cumberbatch

He nailed Doctor Strange - when Patrick Dempsey, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, Ewan McGregor, etc - did not. That's why Benedict Cumberbatch will be guesting, in the Marvel tradition, in November's Thor: Ragnarok… and joining Bradley Cooper, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Brie Larson, for next year's Avengers: Infinity War. (He's also voicing Shere Khan in Disney's new Jungle Book, directed by Baloo - er, Andy Serkis).

WARHOL IS THE WORD

Grease PS ... Andy Warhol was suggested as the Rydell High art teacher. (Ho, ho!) A studio suit retorted: "I will not have that man in my movie." Alas, I cannot confirm who played his rôle - Darrell Zwerling as Mr Lynch or Dick Patterson as Mr Rudie.? If YOU know, please let ME know. Ta!
   
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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

 


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