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Maggie Gyllenhaal


  1. Lena Headey, Gossip, 1999.      Jake’s older sister (also boosted by films made by their father, Stephen) was nearly part of the trio ofcollege students working on (an out of control) a class project on the speed and uncontrollability of gossip.
  2. Kate Hudson, Almost Famous, 2000.    Looking for his Penny Lane groupie (based on Pennie Trumble, aka Pennie Lane), in his semi- autobiographical look back to his Rolling Stone reporter “daze,” Cameron Crowe saw all of LA’s bright young things… Gyllenhaal, Neve Campbell, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Jenna Elfman, Anne Heche, Rose McGowan, Bridget Moynahan, Brittany Murphy, Christina Ricci, Rebecca Romijn, Chloe Sevigny, Mena Suvari.   Next? Uma Thurman passed. And the winner, Sarah Polley, split. (Silly girl).  Crowe then chose Kate because “she seemed more like a free spirit.”  But, but, but… Sevigny was the most free spirt in all Hollywood! 
  3. Melanie Lynskey, Shattered Glass, 2003.   Maggie had to quit being Amy Brand due to other commitments.  She later co-starred with Lynskeyin This Must Be The Place, 2009.
  4. Nicole Kidman, Bewitched, 2004.      Who wants to play wriggly-nosed Samantha? Me, me, chorused... Jennifer Aniston,  Kim Basinger, Cameron Diaz, Heather Graham (who would have been quirkily great), Angerlina Jolie, Lisa Kudrow (perect!), Tatum O'Neal (not so much!), Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Alicia Silverstone, Hilary Swank, Naomi Watts. Among 35 possibles. Over the years.
  5. Christina Applegate, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,  2003.   Tried out for Veronica… aka  the co-anchor “diversity” required by the boss of the 70s’ San Diego KVWN Channel 4 Newsman’s biopic.  Says Burgundy (licence plate: IM #1): “I'll give this little cookie an hour before we're doing the no-pants dance.”
  6. Mira Kirshner, The Black Dahlia, 2005.       “I want to be put in a position that I have to be brave to do the project.”  Brian De Palma is never brave - certainly never in  casting.
  7. Maria Bello, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, 2008.      A new schedule stretched Maggie’s two week schedule to five, clashing with her planned departure for  Britain with Peter Sarsgaard and their new baby. Bello took over as the titular Robin Wright’s lookalike mother (in flashbacks. of course... as Robin in 355 days older than Maria) in third film of Arthur Miller’s  daughter Rebecca Miller. Aka Mrs Daniel Day-Lewis.
  8. Greta Gerwig, Greenberg, 2009.    Director Noel Baumbach first announced Amy Adams and Mark Ruffalo as the New Yorker housesitters of his brother’s LA home. When Amy quit, he considered Maggie before sttling on Greta  to partner Ben Stiller. This is where Noel Baumbach succeeded Joe Swanberg as Gerwig’s director and mentor - and we nevcr heard of Joe again in her interviews. .
  9. Taylor Schilling, Atlas Shrugged: Part 12010.
  10. Hilary Swank, The Resident, 2010.   Finnish director Antti Jokinen  told  his national TV how Maggie and Jessica Alba were first in contention for Dr Juliet Deveraux - in Christopher Lee’s first Hammer film for 36 years.
  11. Winona Ryder, The Iceman, 2011.     Poor Winona, she didn’t use to have to wait for someone to be pregnant in order to win a role… When Maggie had to bow out, Israeli director Ariel Vromen called Winona in to play the virtuous Catholic wife of the Polish-American serial killer Richard Kuklinski. (Maggie had a daughter: Gloria).







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