Richard E Grant
- Colin Firth, Valmont, 1989. Despite him refusing one of his commercials, Richard Avedon recommended Richard to his friend, Czech director Milos Foreman. Between shooting Warlock, visiting Disneyland and impregnating his wife with daughter Olivia, Grant managed LA readings (one with Kim Basinger!) and London tests..
- Tim Roth, Vincent and Theo, 1990. "We'll work together," said director Robert Altman. “Not this time. but some time.” And sure enough, he called “Reg” for The Player, 1992, Pret-a-porter, 1994 and Gosford Park, 2001
- Charles Dance, Alien³, 1991. A huge fan of Withnail & I, 1986, director David Fincher wanted a reunion of its stars. He won Ralph Brown and Paul McGann but lost Grant.
- Tim Roth, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 1991. Gary Oldman suggested Richard for Guildenstern. “He’d be bloody great!” Grant was keen. “This is not the usual dross that passes for an excuse of a script.” He got on well with the playwright and debuting director Tom Stoppard but... “Sorry to have disappointed you.”
- Keith Carradine, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, 1991. Simon Callow, the actor about to direct, sent Richard the script. “I don't believe for a minute they will cast me as Vanessa Redgrave’s lover,” Grant told his diary. He wuz right. Carradine only got it when Sam Shepard split.
- Alan Rickman, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, 1991. A three week break from Hudson Hawke was not time enough to play the Sheriff of Nottingham. Rickman even out-camped “Reg” - who missed the big success of the year while making the biggest flop.
- Matt McCoy, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, 1992. Considered for Annabella Sciorra's husband - “solid, white-collar, 9-to-5, family-man charm. With a beard. Can they be serious?” The other Grant - Hugh - also refused and McCoy’s 15 minutes proved to be two. He has never really been heard of since.
- Steven Waddington, Last of the Mohicans, 1992. “Have you ever been blonde?” asked director Michael Mann. “I could be.”
- Charles Dance, Alien 3, 1992. Passed on Clemens; so did Gabriel Byrne. Director David Fincher offered Richard the role as he was a huge fan of Withnail & I, 1987, and aimed to reunite him with his old co-stars Paul McGann andfRalph Brown.
Alan Rickman, Bob Roberts, 1992. While sharing a scene in director Bob Altman's The Player, Robbins asked Richard to be in his helming debut.
- Nathaniel Parker, Wild Sargasso Sea, 1993. After a fortnight of LA casting calls (mainly for the same roles as Hugh Grant), he flew home. "Never got any of the parts. Never minded. Not too much."
- Tom Cruise, Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, 1994.
- David Thewlis, Dragonheart, 1995. Change of King Einon from, Grant to Thewlis (because of his award-winning Naked performance). With Sean Connery voicing a dragon, one was never quite sure if this was a movie or a trailer for a new Universal Studios Tour ride.
- Hugh Grant, An Awfully Big Adventure, 1995. The two Grants were up for the same UK films, as well as in LA.
- Paul McGann, Doctor Who (The Movie),TV, 1996.
- David Thewlis, Dragonheart, 1996. Approached for the villain.Naked star Thewlis did it becauseof "advice-stroke-pressure from my agent to do a studio film. Actually, I enjoyed doing it."
- Hugh Grant, About A Boy, 2002.And again... more credible choice thanthan the other more hunky contenders: George Clooney, Russell Crowe, Ewan McGregor, Brad Pitt.
- Jason Isaacs, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 2002. After reading for Gilderoy Lockhart, Isaacs was given Lucius Malfoy. He wasn’t keen, finding Malfoy way too close to his Captain Hok in the 2002 Peter Pan film. He rung some changes by adding long blonde hair and a swordstick to the character… for the rest of the franchise.
- Bill Nighy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, 2005. Also up for Davy Jones, himself, were Jim Broadbent andIain Glen.Remaining aboard for the next, third chapter Pirates of the Caribbean At The World’sEnd, Nighywas well nigh perfect - as per usual.
- Christopher Eccleston, Doctor Who, TV, 2005.