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There are 7,319 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 pix.
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, 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)



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

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?)

"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

"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).

"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.




Aiden Turner is Van Gogh
Real Aidan... ...Turner oiled

Huge fuss in the UK over the new Poldark hero … Hunky Aidan Turner had - and kept showing off - what the would-be 70s Poldarks never had. Abs! Even so, Robin Ellis was a similar BBC sensation as 18th Century aristocratic swashbuckler in the 1975-1977 version… also offered to Timothy Dalton, Leigh Lawson and Ian McShane.
Turner - in a shirt - is also in my film of the year. Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully-painted film. The plot derives from 800 of Vincent Van Gogh’s letters. The images are better. Breathtaking. And oil-painted every last one of them. Turner is not voicing anyone. He is in the film. Actors shot live-action scenes in London and Poland. These were then painted over, frame by frame … 65,000 of them! One company involved is called Break Thru. And how!
Each frame is an oil painting on canvas made by 91 artists faithful to Van Gogh’s style, strokes, colours and impasto. Each frame is recorded by a 6k resolution digital stills camera … and then, on to the next. A dozen such shots equals one second of film. The results - Vincent’s paintings - and his people, like Turner’s Boatman - miraculously come to life.
This process has never been achieved before. Disney tried (way before Snow White) and found it too pricey. The dream of Polish director Dorato Kobiela and her UK husband, Hugh Welchman (the Peter & The Wolf Oscar-winner) cost a mere $5.5m. Another Oscar seems likely on March 4 for this Anglo-Polish marvel. Also, very Irish, what with actors James Green, Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan and … Turner.


Jodie Whittaker - Doctor Who

Jodie Who. Doc10 David Tennant "can't think of anyone better to join the gang and … take it to a whole new level."
With Wonder Woman ruling the box-office and all the summer's world and Euro cup action in women's cricket, rugby and soccer, it was obvious that the 13th Doctor Who would be a lady. Welcome aboard the Tardis, Jodie Whitaker! Not that the most successful old girl of St Trinian's was any surprise, as the new Whoverse tsar is Colin Chibnall, who exec-produced her Broadchurch triumph.
"It's more than an honour," she said, "to play the Doctor … stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for - hope." Come the Christmas special, Jodie's opening line should become as celebrated as "One small step for … "
The fans and bookies got it wrong. They were backing Hayley Atwell, Helena Bonham Carter, GOT's Natalie Dormer, Miranda Hart, Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Tilda Swinton (looking too much like Capaldi). And such guys as Richards Ayoade and Madden, Ben Daniels (stuck, nay buried, in TV's Exorcist), Jason Flemyng, Rupert Grint, John Hannah, David Harewood, Paterson Joseph, Rory Kinnear, Kris Marshall, Will Mellor, James Norton (waiting for Bond?), Andrew Scott, Reece Shearsmith, Michael Sheen, Alexander Vlahos from Versailles. Oh, and the guy who should, in all fairness, win Doc14. Sam Troughton, Doc2's grandson!
Moriarty and De Niro

THE FILM that bred this site … Robert Redford told me he'd planned Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty to get Nixon.

  ElizabethCounsell - Thunderball

The UK's Elizabeth Counsell was among the wannabes testing as Thunderball's masseuse.

  Selleck as Indiana Jones

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

  Shirley Temple in Little Women

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



"I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender,” says Doc13. Jodie’s absolutely right. Because there’s more to come. Much more! The Spider-Man spin-off Silver and BlackBatgirlSmoke and Mirrors (or Rizzoli & Isles II), and Sonequa Martin-Green heading Star Trek: Discovery. Not to mention gender-bent versions of The Portrait of Dorian GrayThe Greatest American Hero (ex-William Katt in the 80s), The Lord of the FliesThe Nice Guys (ex-Crowe & Gosling... so, a Rizzoli & Isles III) and Kwai Chang Caine turning into Lucy Chang for a 1950s-set Kung Fu. But no word - yet -  from the Peter Jackson camp about any Lady of the Rings. Nothing new in all this ... On June 28, 1932, the Chicago Tribune ran this headline: STUDIO SEEKS FEMALE TARZAN FOR NEW FILM.


After three weeks on Rosebud in 1970, Robert Mitchum was fired. (Not for the first time). "That incident was all very sad," he agreed. "I regretted it later, as I'm sure Otto [Preminger] did. I only agreed to do the picture because of him. I was one of the few who understood him ... One day, the script had me looking beat-up and disheveled, so I arrived on the set unshaven. 'You are drunk,' roared Otto. How could I possibly be drunk at 5.30am? I pointed to the instructions on the script, but he wouldn't listen. 'You are drunk and you are through!' he shouted. So I turned and yelled: 'Taxi!' And that was that. Jumped in the car and fled. Preminger yelled after me: 'I didn't fire you – you quit." Otto immediately called Peter O'Toole. "That," said Bob, "was like replacing Ray Charles with Helen Keller."



The Ultimate Movie Star would have been 113 next January. Among his greatest fans - surprisingly - was the best Ben-Hur, Charlton Heston. He longed to work with Cary. "Because he always did those films where you stand around in beautiful clothes, saying beautiful things to a beautiful woman. It's always seemed a fine way to make a living. Of course, the trick is being able to do it the way Grant did." Exactly.


I think this is my only casting anecdote (can't remember 'em all!) where an actor - poor Hume Cronyn in The Valley of Decision, 1944 - was replaced for being too short alongside Gregory Peck. But there were ways around such deficiency. Tom Cruise and Alan Ladd managed it.


When James Mason was chosen over David Niven for A Touch of Larceny, in 1959, a poor UK actor called John Dearth was dropped… for looking too much like Mason!


On Warner shelves for a full decade (not helped by David Kelley's disastrous 2011 TVersion with Adrianne Palicki), Wonder Woman is Gal Gadot - the fast 'n' furious ex-Miss Israel, soldier, law student, model and now global box-office champ! Her rivals for the Lasso of Truth, indestructible bracelets, etc (didn't shealso have an invisible car?) included Mischa Barton, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Rachel Bilson, Sandra Bullock in 2001 (and for the 2011 tele-film), Quantico's Priyanka Chopra in 2006, US wrestler Chyna, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva Green (of course), Mad Men's Christina Hendricks (Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 choice), Angelina Jolie in 2001 (ten years later she was asked to direct), Cobie Smulders (WW's Lego voice), Kristen Stewart, Elodie Yung. Among the final auditionists with Gal in November 2013, was Olga Kurylenko, who beat Gal to 007's Quantum of Solace. Not this time.


Bonne Pomme poster Loving Vincent poster
Cor! Great affiche for the latest (tenth) screen meet of eternal French stars Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu. Becks? Loving Vincent poster image is good but somewhat reminiscent, wouldn't you say, of… David Beckham?
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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 - 7,319 actors - to click on... More than 40 years in the making!! And 2,045,270 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.

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!"

Alice Faye returned (after a 17 year lay-off) in the 1962 re-make of the State Fair musical - as the mother of the character she refused to play in ’44! “I don’t know what happened to the picture business. I’m sorry I went back to find out.”

"The only really good role I’ve rejected - and I could kill myself - was The Great Gatsby," says Jack Nicholson. "Since I was 18, people said I should do Jay Gatsby. I didn’t really go after the part for well, personal reasons I don’t want printed."

Hollywood has two iconic Dorothies. Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz and David Lynch’s Blue Velvet. He created her for Debbie Harry. But she was sick of continually being offered … The Weirdo. Lynch next called up Helen Mirren, Hanna Schygulla, Sissy Spacek. Italian Isabella Rossellini won the film - and the director.

UK hunk Ray Park went from Star Wars and X-Men to such ridiculous toys-as-source-material as GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, 2008. Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers skewered it. "I don't know what to say about the acting, writing and directing ... because I couldn’t find any."



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.


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

Photo ©redits:

All The President's Men montage: Reg Oliver, 1976.
Bonne Pomme : ARP Selection
Loving Vincent: BreakThru Productions/Trademark Films, 2017.
Tom Selleck: Belisarius Productions/Glenn A Larson Productions/Universal TV, 1988.
Shirley Temple: Selznick International Pictures, 1946.
Thunderball: Eon Productions, 1965.
Jodie Whitaker: BBC Cardiff, 2017.
Plus enormous thanks to The Man: Daniel Bouteiller.



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