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Whoopi Goldberg

 

  1. Melissa Prophet, Invasion USA, 1985.       Having just made her film debut in Steven Spielberg’s The Colour Purple, Whoopi must have been bemused by an invitation from Chuck Norris. Although poles apart politically, they were friends and he wanted her as the journalist in his absurd actioner. “Director” Joseph Zito said no. I doubt if Whoopi cared - as McGuire just, well, disappeared from the “plot.”
  2. Bob Goldthwait, The Burglar, 1987.      After her Spielberg breakthrough, Whoopi made it clear: “No hookers, no Mammies, no Hollywood racial stereotypes.” Instead, she played cops, burglars - and men. "Actors did it in Shakespearean times." She was set to be Bruce Willis' sidekick here. He quit, killing the project until she said: "l can do this." And Goldthwait became the sidekick.
  3. Sam Elliott,   Fatal Beauty, 1987.       "With the exception of two, my movies were never written for me. There's no such thing as a Whoopi Goldberg part   and I like that. I really believe that the art of acting is being able to do anything - whatever   comes down.   I   was supposed   to be the   sidekick again.
  4. Robin Wright, The Princess Bride, 1987.        Not   seriously considered by anyone - except Whoopi.
  5. CCH Pounder, Out of Rosenheim (aka Bagdad Café), Germany, 1989.        Ready for anything, Whoopi made   a rotten   choice.   No - to movie   by   Bavarian director Percy Adlon. Yes - to the short-lived TV series based on   it.
  6. Joan Cusack, Working Girl, 1988.       "I'm more of a character actress.   Not a star.   Stars don't work enough for me."
  7. Witney Houston, The Bodyguard, 1992.       Marsha Norman re-wrote Lawerence Kasdan’s Steve McQueen-Diana Ross into Rutger   Hauer looking after Whoopi. "But,"   said a keen Goldberg, "they didn't want Rutger. And my attitude is I can play anything."
  8. Jim Carrey, Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, 1993.       Jim ran with it and has never stopped running since…  Also in the Ace frame: Rick Moranis, Judd Nelson, even the UK’s Alan Rickman. 
  9. Melanie Griffith,   Born Yesterday, 1993.       Announced in 1986 opposite Walter Matthau for Garson Kanin's re-scripted version for Canon -   "the company of the   future" with no   future.
  10. Lily Tomlin,   And   The Band Played On, 1993.        The HBO film of Randy Shilt's history of AIDS lay dormant until Richard Gere, then Whoopi agreed to star.   And then she fell out... "I only got in it," said Lily, "because Whoopi got sick. I stepped in at the last minute. I was glad. I wanted to be in it."

  11. Nathan Lane, The Lion King, 1994.       Ernie Sabella and Lane supplied such great voice-routines for the hyenas, they were promoted   to Timon and Pumbaa. Cheech Marin and Whoopi were moved to the hyenas.
  12. Jane Horrocks, Bring Me The Head of Mavis Davis, 1997.     The unfunny UK comedy needed her... But John Henderson dug his heels in for Jane. "I wanted a   woman-next-door who could be funny, sing and rip my heart out. Whoopi hasn't lived next door to anybody for 40 years... If a film is to work, it has to touch you." Mavis touched no one.
  13. Queen Latifah, Chicago, 2002.
  14. Jill Scott, The #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, TV, 2008-2009.       Whoopi, Queen Latifah and TV tycoon Oprah Winfrey were overly obvious choices while Grammy-winning singer Scott proved totally refreshing as novelist Alexander McCall Smith’s amateur but canny Botswana ‘tec,  Mma Precious Ramotswe. The pilot was the last work of Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack. Apparently, 18 African actresses were also tested; no one seems to have logged their names.  Or not with me. 
  15. Patrick Stewart, The Emoji Movie, 2016.        As Whoopi informed her old Star Trek co-star on The View, she had auditioned for the role he won. “It ’s a very dignified role, one I deeply wanted to play.” Poop ! “You know poop sounds like me, normally, but you want it to sound like Patrick Stewart!” Stewart was shocked only by the fact that she auditioned. “But Whoopi, you’re a star!”  “In my mind, sure.”

 

 

 





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