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Michael J Fox ( -?)

  1. Timothy Hutton, Ordinary People, 1980.      Five minutes late for his audition after working all night. "Redford took one look and obviously hated me on sight.  Then, he sat, flossing his teeth and looking bored."
  2. Tom Cruise, Risky Business, 1982.      Brian Backer, Ncholas Cage (still Coppola at the time), Michael J Fox and Tom Hanks were in the Joel Goodsen loop before it came down to Taps finds Cruise and Timothy Hutton.   Tim fell out, preferring Sidney Lumet’s Daniel, so Cruise was born! Backer later joined Hanks in The Money Pit, 1985.
  3. Scott Baio, Charles in Charge, TV, 1984-1990.     The role of Charles was written for  Fox who preferred Family Ties, TV, 1982-1989.  Just so everyone remember who Boai was, his mother from Happy Days, TV, 1981-1984, Ellen Travolta played his momma again.
  4. John Murray, Moving Violations, 1984.   When is Bill Murray not Bill Murray? When he’s Bill’s younger brother John trying some (weak) copy-Bill schtick. Fox suits preferred such rubbish to the bright Fox, who they rejected like cancer. This was John’s first and last starring role among his meagre 14 films during 1978-2012, including two with Bill, Caddyshack, 1979, and Scrooged, 1988… by which time the rejected Fx, had conquered the world in Back To The Future.
  5. Tom Cruise, Top Gun, 1985.     Refused the US Navy pilot ace called Maverick So did:Matthew Broderick, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Emilio Estevez, Tom Hanks, Matthew Modine, Sean Penn, Charlie Sheren, Patrick Swayze.
  6. Jon Cryer, Pretty In Pink, 1986.      "My favourite actor I've never worked with,"  says John Hughes.  "I've never had anyone come in for a cold reading and pick up the rhythm of my writing style the way he did.  He hit every nuance and every beat exactly as I'd intended.  Spooky. And hearing Michael do it, I went home and pumped that part up.  He had a lot to do with the way it was eventually written.  And then he had to do Family Ties Vacation, 1985. That was quite a  disappointment.  It was  a long,  long search before finding Jon Cryer."
  7. Matthew Broderick, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,  1986.     All the Bueller Generation were considered for Ferris: Jim Carrey,  Tom Cruise, John Cusack, Johnny Depp,  Robert Downey Jr  and Eric Stolz.
  8. Jason Bateman, Teen Woolf Too, 1986.     Enough with all that make-up awready! MJF suggested his werewolf replacement should be the real brother of his  TV Family Ties sister, Justine Bateman.
  9. Scott Weinger, Aladdin, 1991.   Fox was the obvious voice choice when the hero was drawn to resemble him. The street urchin’s look was later switched to Tom Cruise country and Brad Kane got the gig - until replaced by Weinger at the famous 11th hour. And he remained in Aladdin mode (for sequels and video games) for the next 24 years.
  10. Michael Douglas, Basic Instinct, 1991.

  11. Emilio Estevez, The Mighty Ducks (UK:Champions),  1992.  From January 22 to April 11 to be precise.  With Estevez beating  bro’ Charlie Sheen, plus Tom Cruise, Michael J Fox, Tom Hanks,  the way too old Bill Murray and even the scenarist  Steve Brill, himself,  to  the seen-it-all-before sports movie. The one, said Chicago critic Roger Ebert,  “about the misfit coach who is handed a team of kids who are losers, and turns them into winners while redeeming himself.”
  12. Jeff Goldblum, Jurassic Park, 1992.
  13. James Spader, Critical Care, 1997.      Director Sidney Lumet's health care satire announced in  1995, couldn't  raise finance on Fox's name.
  14. John Cusack, Conair, 1997. When Tony Scott was piloting the script. The following year, Fox announced he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991.
  15. Charlie Sheen, Spin City, TV, 2000-2002.    When Fox quit his series due to Parkinson's Disease, Sheen shone in his stead - leading to his own huge hit series,  Two And A Half Men, 2003-2011. Following his 2011 meltdown, Sheen was replaced in that by Ashton Kutcher.
  16. Zach Braff, Chicken Little, 2004.   To find the right voice for the hero of the paltry poultry picture, Disney went through Michael J Fox, David Spade - even Holly Hunter when the suits thought of a heroine. Plus Matthew Broderick - with his wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, in the frame for Abby Mallard. 



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