Sir Mick Jagger
- Dennis Waterman, Up The Junction, 1968. Said Mick's lover of the hour, Marianne Faithful: "It didn't seem quite right for him."
- Malcolm McDowell, A Clockwork Orange, 1971. “If Malcolm McDowell hadn't been available,” said Stanley Kubrick, “I probably wouldn't have made the film.” There had been other Alexes… Mick Jagger was first, after paying a mere $500 to needy author Anthony Burgess for the rights. The other Rolling Stones were to be Alex’s droogs - directed by John Schlesinger (with music by The Beatles!) After censor hassles, Jagger sold the rights for a big profit. (Keith Richards would have been perfect!) Ken Russell loomed large with, of course, his main man, Oliver Reed. Tim Curry and Jeremy Irons simply fled. Next director? The Venetian Tinto Brass – who famously chose McDowell for his infamous Caligua, 1979.
- Rod Taylor, The Deadly Trackers, 1972. Or, Riata (Spanish for rope) when maverick auteur Samuel Fuller was making it for Warners.Samand studio fell out... Fuller first wanted Jagger as the bank robbing killer in this retribution parable: I Shot Jesse James Meets UnderworldUSA.Mick was keen but “Who’d go see that guy in a movie,” said the Warner suits.Rather more than ever paidto see Taylor and sheriff Richard Harris sleepwalking in the West for Sam’sreplacement Barry Shear - from 65 TV shows. “They COMPLETELY LOBOTOMISED my story,” yelled Sam in his usual CAPITALS, “yet left my name on that PIECE OF GARBAGE as a co-writer.”
- Paul Williams, Phantom of the Paradise, 1973. When it proved impossible to get The Rolling Stones for The Juicy Fruits, the first thought for Swan, the manipulative, Dorian Grayish rock icon naturally became Jagger. (Director Brian De Palma obviously saw Performance). By comparison, the elfin Williams, looked some kiddy star in adult clothing. (Yet surprisingly good). De Palma’s art v commerce opus began peculating in 1969 when shocked to hear The Beatles’ A Day In The Life as Musak in a lift. “It was an era when people were letting young directors make all kind of films,” he said. “For a while.”
- Tim Curry, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975. Talked to everyone who would listen about being the pansexual Dr Frank N Furter. Where else did Curry get his act - as Jagger proves (sans stockings) in every concert!
- Roger Daltry, Lisztomania, 1975. Mick would probably have been found really rogering his leading lady under the sheets of a love scene.... As Daltry was, according to my witness, producer David Puttnam.
- Kris Kistofferson, A Star Is Born, 1976.
- David Warner, Time After Time, 1979. Allow me to introduce myself: Jack The Ripper.Except writer-director Nicholas Meyer refused to give into Warners’ entreaties to remove the "period curse" of the film by having a Rolling Ripper."I didn'tbelievehe would pass as a Harley Street surgeon," said Meyer. "Didn't have the accent for one thing."
- Tim Curry, Annie, 1981.Mick pushed all necessary buttons- and people - to win the flash role of Daniel Francis “Rooster” Hannigan, con-artist brother of Carol Burnett’s Hudson Street Orphanage supervisor. Nobody took the bait.
- F Murray Abraham, Amadeus, 1983. Pushed by Jagger's new CAAgent Rick Nicita, Czech director Milos Forman shot Jagger as Salieri while testing Rebecca De Mornay as Mozart's wife.Both lost. In Mick's case, a possible Oscar."You have to have yournose to theground for whatparts are going around the major studios...They're mostly written with some guy inmindand you only get the part if he gets ill or something."Oh, that explainsSting andDune?
- Brad Dourif, Dune, 1984.
Christopher Gable, Doctor Who#135: The Caves of Androzani, TV, 1984.John Nathan-Turner aimed (too) high for the final (and favourite) adventure of Doc5 Peter Davison.For the disfigured hero, Sharaz Jek, the producerset out to woo - Jagger, David Bowie, Tim Curry or Oliver Tobias. Rather than be in it,they all preferred to see the regeneration of Doc6 Colin Baker - the least popular of all the Time Lords.. Gable, the ballet-dancer made a movie star by director Ken Russell, had previously been chosen for Major Salateen.
- John Wood, Ladyhawke, 1985.
"A sin!" Richard Donner yelled at me. "Against one of the great coups of our time." Jagger was eager to be the vile bishop. "He'd prepared - brilliantly. Only the voice and accent were wrong. So, he changed them! Produced a grating voice, making a real evil bishop. Wow, I said. Fuck! I was so excited." Until running into a brick wall named Joe Wizan, then Fox president. "No," decreed Wizan. "I won't do it. Nobody will believe in him." "Hold it!" yelled Donner, "he's an actor, a performer. I'm a director. Let me direct my film." To which Wizan responded: “If you insist on Jagger, we'll pull out of the picture right now.” Donner recalls: "I was so fucking angry, I wanted to take his head off. We'd gone through three years of aggravation already. It was Matthew Broderick who said: "But didn't you see WarGames - John Wood!" And I had to write Mick Jagger a letter. I was heartbroken. This man shoulddo a really major role."
- David Bowie, Labyrinth, 1985. For (alas) his final film as a director, Muppeteer-in-Chief Jim Henson wanted a rock star as Jareth, ruler of the mystical world that, as Chicago critic Roger Ebert put it, was just out of sight of ordinary eyes… Jackson topped the list, a nose ahead of Mick Jagger and Prince. Henson fancied Sting (after Dune?!) - but the Henson kids said Bowie, Bowie, Bowie, Bowie, Bowie! (There were five kids). The thin, white Major Tom fell for the entire dreamworld concept. And the kids now run the combine.
- John Lone, The Moderns, 1987. Due as the prophylactics magnate and art collector when director Alan Rudolph nearly got the project off the ground in the 70s.
- Bob Dylan, Hearts of Fire, 1987. Well avoided. Welsh director Richard Marquand was dead before the film opened. Just as well. The critics would have slaughtered him.
- Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,1988. David Bowie asked Dale Launer to write a script for him and Mick- everyone wanted the duo after their "Dancin’ inthe Streets" number during Band Aid.They had loved Launer's Ruthless People. He suggested re-doing theBrando-Niven Bedtime Story, 1964. Universal would not release rights. Or, not for them.
- Eric Roberts, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996.
- Christopher Walken, Touch, 1997. Interested in the low-life exploiting a young miracle worker... four years before Paul Schrader shot Elmore Leonard’s tale.