Jeff Goldblum ( -?)
- Ray Sharkey, Love and Money, 1981. “I wanted Harvey for the lead,” recalled director James Toback, about the star of his Fingers, 1977.“But I was told: No way. They would finance if I could get Ray Sharkey or Jeff Goldblum for the lead - but not Harvey Keitel! So I did it with Ray. And Ray was not up to to the part.
- Harold Ramis, Ghostbusters, 1983. Who ya gonna call - at 555-2368...? Dan Aykroyd’s first draft (Ghost Smashers) was more futuristic, scary and dark. Therefore, Dr Egon Spengler was aimed at Goldblum, John Lithgow and the Christophers - Lloyd and Walken. Ramis co-wrote the film but never intended being in it.
- Nick Mancuso, Heartbreakers, 1984. Peter Coyote and Jeff looked more like brothers than friends. Enter: Mancuso.
- Christopher Lloyd, Back To The Future, 1985. On director Robert Zemeckis’ short list for Doc Brown, alongside John Lithgow, Dudley Moore, James Woods. (Ex-President Ronald Reagan was shortlisted for a bit in one of the sequels!)
- Joe Pesci, JFK, 1991.
- Richard Gere, Internal Affairs, 1989. UK director Mike Figgis said Paramount wanted Mel Gibson or Kurt Russell (big hits in ’88’s Tequila Sunrise) as the badass cop-cum-hit man. “If we’d hired a movie star to play Peck,” noted producer Frank Mancuso Jr, “we might not have been able to so successfully explore the darkness of the character.” Some 19 other stars - Alec Baldwin, Tom Berenger, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Don Johnson, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Keaton, Nick Nolte, Al Pacino, Christopher Reeve, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone John Travolta… and four outsiders Goldblum, Richard Dean Anderson, Willem Dafoe, Ron Silver - all passed Peck to Gere for a double whammy comeback with Pretty Woman. “I've never been away,” snapped Gere. Oh, but he had. Almost to Palookaville. Where Gibson would be next to spend some time… following his rabid, anti-Jewish rant on 28 July 2006.
- Jamey Sheridan, The Stand, TV, 1994. “Pleased to meet you, Lloyd,” says Randall Flagg in the Stephen King mini-series. “Hope you guess my name." Difficult... as it changed from Jeff to Willem Dafoe to Miguel Ferrer to Christopher Walken to James Woods. Then, it was decided to go with “a lesser known face.” Oh really! Sheridan, the Broadway award winner, had only been Vincent D’Onofrio’s boss, Captain Deakins, for five years of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, from2001.
- Eric Bogosian, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, 1995. No one wanted the Steven Seagal sequel. Except Steven Seagal.
- Paul McGann, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996.
- Eric Roberts, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996.
- Howard Stern, Private Parts, 1997. The producers’ choice to deliver the oneattribute that Stern lacked - proven acting talent- in the film of the fastest-selling book in Simon & Schuster publishing history.
- Steve Buscemi, Monsters, Inc, 2000. The UK Red Dwarf space comedy star Chris Barrie was in the frame with Hollywoodians Goldblum and Vincent D’Onofrio to voice the villainous Randall Boggs in yet another marvellous Pixar toon.
- Eric Bana, Hulk, 2003. Tested. As were Steve Buscemi and David Duchovny.
- Cillian Murphy, Batman, 2004.
- Mos Def, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 2005.
- Gus Van Sant, The Canyons, 2012. It was, as they say, a small but pivotal role - a shrink. Auteur Paul Scrader called Goldbum, Willem Dafoe. Jason Sudeikis. No go. “Any ideas?” he asked Lindsay Lohan, his star (and, doubtless, the reason those guys passed). “How about Jared?” “Jared Harris?” asked Schrader. “No, Jared Leto.” Schrader phoned a fellow auteur.
- Ioan Gruffud, Fantastic Four, 2004. Goldblum, George Clooney, Brendan Fraser, Hugh Jackman, Dennis Quaid, Patrick Wilson were in the loop for Dr Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic. They were all beaten to by an 007 contender. And he was defeated by the second of four rotten screen versions of the Marvel comic.