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CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE

Brando

There are 7,769 actors detailed on the CCC website. Some have missed a single film. Others, many more. Then, there are the champions. Like these … and look how close Nicholson has moved to his pal Brando's top total … (Exciting huh?!)

1. Brando - bypassed 160 movies 
2. Nicholson - 156 
3. Cary Grant -146 
4. Paul Newman - 143
5. Tom Cruise - 126

Highest Brit Sir Sean at 108.
Highest lady is Bette Davis, 89 items; Jodie Foster, 77; Liz Taylor, 67; Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer are level at 67; likewise Julie Christie, Katharine Hepburn, Meryl Streep at 66.
Newer Brigade: Brad, 107; Johnny, 99; Julia, 64; Jim Carrey, 62; Leo, 61; Madonna, 59; Jennifer Aniston, 22; Jennifer Lawrence, 21.

(You'll find the full list at Champions in the Main Menu)

 

He said title

I like Star Trek more than Star Wars, because William Shatner’s not in Star Wars. - Quentin Tarantino

There's just one moment in a film that people remember, and that's enough. - Jean Renoir

I don’t like seeing old people on TV. I don’t want to inflict myself on people in a deteriorated state. - Jerry Seinfeld

The shortest long movie since Rio Bravo. - Peter Bogdanovich on Tarantino’s Jackie Brown

1. You will be treated like an object. 2. If you are not careful, you will begin to act like an object. 3. The final and death stage - you become that object. - Robert Redford  on stardom

Wizards of the Lost Kingdom poster

The film wasn't so much shot as it was beaten to death. - scenarist Ed Naha on Roger Corman’s 1985 production, Wizards of The Lost Kingdom.

Never act with children, dogs or Denholm Elliott. - Gabriel Byrne

When the former extra Walter Brennan became a top character actor as The Old Galoot in countless Westerns, and winning three Oscars, he’d always ask his director: "With or without?" "With or without what?" "My teeth."

We wanted to shoot in the South of France because who wants to see sex in Queens? - New York director Radley Metzger

The man who invented mornings was no Christian. - Peter O’Toole

The moustache did the acting. - Anthony Hopkins on Howards End

Comedy will be outlawed in my lifetime. - Tim Allen

There are too many stars and too few actors. - Bruce Lee

You know this sex symbol thing isn’t working out for me. Women expect something amazing from me. But I’m just a fumbler, like everybody else. - Burt Reynolds

When I started acting again, and going to auditions… we'd always lose to this one kid. No actor would ever say his name because it was, like, too much, but every casting director would whisper: It's Leonardo. - Joaquin Phoenix

MY SHORTEST INTERVIEW #1

October 1963. Hampstead goes bonkers as Brigitte Bardot starts filming Une ravissante idiote with Tony Perkins. Huge crowds. Shooting cancelled. Press conflab later at her Westbury Hotel. She was late. The media was angry. I happened to be close, put a protective arm around her waist, steered her to a safe corner. Our Q/A were the same words. Me: Ca va? BB: Ca va! Or, if you want it colloquially, Me: OK, luv? BB: Yes, thanks!

 

WELCOME TO THE COVID

Social Distance movies
 
Posters for our time - by French photographer Victor Chevalier.
 
Lockdown. Shockdown. Blockdown. Tik-Tokdown. Yeah, it’s been good… well, interesting. Finally able to catch a few movies I’d missed. From Contagious to Contagion, by way of Carriers and Containment - and that’s just stuff from my A-C drawer.
There were more… Two called Virus (one Japanese, the other a lame tele-flck), two more called The Plague (only one from the Albert Camus novel) and three from the same Richard Mathison book, I Am Legend. Plus… Blindness, Domain, The Satan Bug, 28 Days Later, Panic in the Street
They involved such folk as Dustin Hoffman, Sophia Loren, Richard Widmark, Gwyneth Paltrow (as a spreader), even OJ Simpson… Oh and Kate Winslet pronouncing: "The average person touches their face 2- or 3000 times a day. Three to five times every waking minute. In between, we're touching doorknobs, water fountains, elevator buttons and each other. Those things become fomites."
On to the imports… Canada’s Rabid, Japan’s Day of Resurrection, Korea’s Flu, Yugslavia’s Variloa Vera (about their real 1972 smallpox epidemic), the Franco-Spanish Last Days… and Peter Fleischmann’s excellent Franco-German Hamburg Syndrome - about to be on VOD Vimeo (good news), under the original title: Die Hamburger Krankheit.
 
Another Social Distance movie - The Hamburg Syndrome
 
No, not from your streets last month but The Hamburg Syndrome
- made 41 years ago [Filmverlag de Autoren, 1979].
 
There was even a company called Epidemic Films! It produced Ever Since the World Ended… with such rotten acting that the cast must have just learnt they’d tested positive.
Writing in The New Yorker, Anthony Lane found some pandemicals that must be on Don Trumpolino’s Top Five Movies list. He surely adored Outbreak’s gungho general wanting "to firebomb the town of Cedar Creek, California, population 2,600, with… the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in our arsenal. It, sucks in all available oxygen to the core, vaporises everything within a mile of ground zero, men, women, children, and one airborne virus. Destruction complete. Case closed. Crisis over."
Plus this Andromeda Strain scene. "By then, the disease could spread into a worldwide epidemic." "It’s because of rash statements like that the President doesn’t trust scientists." Hah!
But the Don’s #1 would have to be Carriers with Chris Pine actually saying: "We’ve got loads of Clorox."

NAME GAME

KIRK WORK

Did you happen to notice an actor-rapper called Orson Chaplin popping up in such series as American Horror Story, Lucifer and Ray Donovan. He's Charlie's grandson (and son of a Superman producer and Charlie’s daughter, Jane). So why Orson? Well, Orson Welles was Charlie’s friend. Indeed, it was Welles who gave (well sold!) Chaplin the idea for Monsieur Verdoux - "the cleverest and most brilliant film of my career." Matt Damon was the hot tip for James T Kirk in the new Star Trek franchise in 2008. He heard the rumours, checked his mails, called his agent. Nothing! So he called producer-director-rebooter JJ Abrams, who told him the (bitter) truth. "How about playing his dad!" Er, no thank you! JJ said Damon passed on George Kirk for "the most gracious and understandable and logical of reasons." JJ left it there, explaining nothing.

YOU HAD ME AT ...

Cameron Crowe’s first ideas for the Jerry Maguire couple looked downright incestuous - Tom Hanks and Winona Ryder… or Tom Cruise and Winona! Once Hanks passed, Crowe started searching for Tom's Girl: Dorothy. Patricia Arquette, Cameron Diaz, Bridget Fonda, Janeane Garofalo, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Courtney Love, Parker Posey, Molly Ringwald, Mira Sorvino, Marisa Tomei, Uma Thurman, even Zellweger came and went. Recommended by Edward Burns (a possible Jerry), Connie Britton made a good test with Cruise and she was Dorothy - depending on Zellweger's call back meeting with Tom. "We have video of that because I was filming," Crowe told Deadline Hollywood in 2017, "and you just see something happen when Tom sees her. He lights up… As Jerry discovers Dorothy, we discover Renée. That was a very personal thing for me and the way I feel about movies."
 
Marylin's cute giggle

SWEET MARILYN
She lost Baby Doll, Can-Can, Freud, Harlow. So what! She was sublime in Some Like It Hot.

  Albert Finney as Lawrence of Arabia

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

  Shirley Temple in Little Women

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

  Tom Selleck as Indian Jones

TOM JONESHow Indiana Jones was supposed to look. With Steven Spielberg’s first choice. Tom Selleck.

 

DOC HOLLYWOOD

McGann is The Doctor

Once upon a time, Hollywood decided to make a Doctor Who film. Even Spielberg tried to get involved. The 1996 idea was a pilot for a USeries to exhume Aunty's science-fiction cult, buried since 1989 after 26 seasons. And who do you think the suits at Universal contemplated for the eighth Time Lord? Oh, just about everybody… Take a deep breath…First, Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks. The BBC co-producers checked 60 others… from the oldest, Peter O'Toole, 64, to a young New Yorker, Scott Weiner, 21.
OK, that leaves 58 more. But you don’t want a lengthy scroll of actors, do you? OK, just a few then… Two Bonds: Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan. Two Caligulas: John Hurt, Malcolm McDowell. Two future Game of Throners: Sean Bean, Liam Cunningham. Two brothers: Mark and Paul McGann. But enuff, enuff! I don't have the space here. You'll find all the surprises on the Doc’s page in Special Movies. (Russell Crowe, Rutger Hauer, Rob Lowe, Ian McKellen, Eddie Murphy). What? Oh, Paul McGann won the role.

HOW YOU DOIN?

Our friends are all here
Phoebe, Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica and Chandler - and those who almost played them - have finally made it into the Special Movies section. Among a few other TV classics: Doctor Who, Seinfeld and The Sopranos.
The late Ian Holm RIP. Peter Jackson, obviously, said it best...
I'm feeling very sad at the passing of Sir Ian Holm ... such a delightful, generous man. Quiet, but cheeky, with a lovely twinkle in his eye. Watching Ian Holm perform taught me so much – as Ian was being his usual quiet self, that just somehow happened. It was a privilege to work with him, and a blessing to know him. I've always loved Ian's performance in the final scenes of Return of the King. "I think I'm quite ready for another adventure." Farewell, dear Bilbo. Safe travels, darling Ian.

Photo ©redits:

All The President's Men and Godfather montages: Reg Oliver, 1976; Marlon Brando: Paramount Pictures, 1960; Covid-19 posters: Victor Chevalier, 2020; Doctor Who: Universal/BBC, 1996; Friends, Warner Bros/NBC TV; The Hamburg Syndrome: Filmverlag de Autoren, 1979; Daisy Ridley: Lucasfilm/Disney, 2018; Peter Sellers: Hawk Films/Columbia Pictures, 1963; Shirley Temple: Selznick International Pictures, 1946; TC sketch: Graham Marsh, 1976; Thunderball: Eon Productions, 1965. Wizards of the Lost Kingdom, Concorde Pictures, 1985. Ian Holm: New Line Productions, 2003. Marilyn Monroe: Tim Kelley, 1949. Plus enormous thanks to The Man: Daniel Bouteiller.

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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 Uschi Bernelle

BOND LADY

Elisabeth Counsell tested (among the many) for Bond’s masseuse Patricia Fearing in Thunderball, 1965. Previously she (or her left knee) had been in From Russia With Love. "In a punt going by with an actor called Michael Culver." She won 71 other roles since 1962 (producing two of them) in a variety of series from Doctor At Sea and Fame Is The Spur to the more recent Cold Call and The Split.

 
WHERE TO FIND ..?

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).

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.

She said title

Sex is funny. - Heather Graham

I planned on having one husband and seven children, but it turned out the other way around. - Lana Turner

Yes, well, if you don't have range when you’re my age, you better quit ... Playing Michelle Pfeiffer's mother is nice work if you can get it. And now I've played Julianne Moore’s mother. I've played Nicole Kidman's mother. I've played a number of fabulous people's mothers. - Hollywood’s Holland Taylor

You have to pay for the DDs in LaDD..! - Jordan Ladd (Alan's grand-daughter, Cheryl's daughter) on refusing toplessness

I've always been a modern woman, and I still am… I'm wilful… extremely impulsive. I'm like a steamroller - I just go forward. Someone falls down in front of me, then I fall in love with him. - Britt Ekland at 77

No drugs. No sex-tapes. - Jennifer Lawrence’s message to new young actresses

I could do movies non-stop, 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! - Beatrice Dalle

Everyone's so much smaller than they seem. - Daisy Ridley meeting stars

When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers I kinda wanted to be a vampire. - Angelina Jolie

The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend. – Katharine Hepburn

I need to know what it's for. If you can't really tell why you've got your tits out, you're probably in the wrong scene. - Phoebe Waller-Bridge on screen nudity

I've been on a calendar, but I've never been on time. – Marilyn Monroe


 

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