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Jon Finch

  1. Murray Head, Sunday, Bloody Sunday, 1971.      After testing as the lover of both Peter Finch and Glenda Jackson, Jon was offered a smaller part. "Because it was [director] John Schlesinger, I said Yes immediately."
  2. John Laurenson, Boney, TV, 1972-1973.      For some bizarre reason, the Australian producers decided to cast a white Englishman as the Aborigine cop, Detective Inspector Bonaparte. Not caring about that row, they replaced him (when Finch quit to make Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy back home in London), with another white actor. Worse still… from New Zealand! As if Aboriginal actors had not been used since the Woodbinda, Animal Doctor series in 1968.
  3. Richard Chamberlain, The Three Musketeers, 1973.       Like Timothy Dalton, Finch rejected director Richard Lester’s invite to be the studious Aramis Chamberlain quit the third film, The Return of the Three Musketeers, 1988, Top character star Ry Kinnear died from a heart attack after breakig his pelvis in a riding accident on September 19. Lester was so upset, he never made another film.
  4. Claude Brasseur, Les seins de glace, France, 1974.      Realisateur Jean-Pierre Mocky's game plan - before Georges Launter made the film his way. With Alain Delon.
  5. Martin Shaw, The Professionals, TV, 1977-1983.        “I couldn't possibly play a policeman!” (What abut his two Boney weeks in 1972). Finch was hero material, but Shaw had the white man’s version of an afro. Very trendy! Shaw hated his character - “a violent moppet!” To avoid typecasting as a hardline hero (of the UK’s terrorism-fighting Criminal Intelligence 5), he prevented re-runs of the hit series - until learning in the 90s that the widow of his CI5 boss (actor Gordon Jackson) needed the repeat fees.
  6. John Hurt, Alien, 1979.      Finch collapsed in his dressing-room, rushed to hospital with bronchitis and a diabetic condition... Worse awaited Hurt when his stomach erupted. One take, four cameras. Argghhhh!
  7. Patrick Stewart, Lifeforce, 1984
  8. Michael Gothard, Lifeforce, 1984.
  9. Nicholas Ball, Lifeforce, 1984.
  10. Peter Firth, Lifeforce, 1984.
  11. Chris Sullivan, Lifeforce, 1984.
  12. Alan Rickman, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, 1990.  As Rickman kept passing, the Sheriff of Nottingham was offered to Finch, Michael  Gambon, Richard E Grant, Ian McKellen, Sam Neill, Oliver Reed, Patrick Stewart. Then, Rickman won the right to play him his way, stealing much more than Robin, which had Kevin Costner allegedly, ordering the curtailing of the Sheriff’s scenes.





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