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Don Johnson


  1. Dirk Benedict, Battlestar Galactica, 1978-1979.    Johnson’s Southern accent just wasn’t galactic. Benedict modelled his Starbuck on James Garner's  Maverick. Katee Sackhoff’s kick-ass version of Starbuck was part of the reason the show only really took off  in its 2004-2008 second coming.
  2. William Hurt, Body Heat, 1981.     Sure was sexy enough, just did  not look dumb  enough.
  3. William Petersen, Manhunter, 1985.    “Hey! Get Don- he’d make a great Will Graham!”Having locked in Michael Mann to direct the first Hannibal Lecter (then, Lektor), the studio smart-asses thought it would be a clever move to reunite him with his TV series star as the FBI man.Not realising that would have the public thinking this was aMiami Vice chapter.
  4. Kevin Costner, The Untouchables, 1986.    "I'm better than De Niro, I'm better than Pacino. I've got the talent, they've got the material... I read a ton of scripts and there aren’t many that blow myh skirt up.”
  5. Mel Gibson, Lethal Weapon, 1986.     In all, 39 possibilities for the off-kilter, ’Nam vet cop Martin Riggs - not as mentally-deranged as in early drafts (he used a rocket launcher on one guy!)  Some ideas were inevitable: Alec Baldwin, Michael Biehn (shooting Aliens),Jeff Bridges, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Al Pacino, Sean Penn, William Petersen, Dennis Quaid, Christopher Reeve, Kurt Russell, Charlie Sheen, Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta, Bruce Willis. Some were inspired: Bryan Brown, Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum (he inherited Gibson’s role in The Fly), William Hurt (too dark for Warner Bros), Michael Keaton, Michael Madsen, Liam Neeson, Eric Roberts. Some were insipid: Jim Belushi, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costner, Kevin Kline, Stephen Lang, Michael Nouri (he joined another  cop duo in The Hidden),  Patrick Swayze. Plus TV cops  Don  Johnson, Tom Selleck… three foreign LA cops:  Austrian Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dutch Rutger Hauer and French Christophe(r) Lambert. And the inevitable (Aussie) outsider Richard Norton.
  6. Robert De Niro, Midnight Run,1987.   There were 23 possibilites for the lean, mean skip-tracer (tracing felons who skipped bail) - on the run from the  FBI and the Mob after capturing Vegas embezzler Charles Grodin.  Who knew De Niro could be more subtle at comedy than… Johnsobn, Jeff Bridges, Charles Bronson, Michael Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Ryan O’Neal (!), Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, Mickey Rourke, Kurt Russell, John Travolta, Jon Voight and even the musclebound Arnie and Sly - Schwarzenegger and Stallone. Director Martin Brest, that’s who.
  7. Bruce Willis, Die Hard, 1987.    There were 16 possible John McClanes… From top TV heroes Johnson and Richard Dean Anderson to A-listers: Tom Berenger, Charles Bronson, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Michael Madsen, Nick Nolte, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone. And Frank Sinatra had to be contractually offered the hero. In his 1980 move debut, The First Deadly Sin, Willis is seen leaving a bar as Sinatra walks in. So it flows.
  8. Billy Dee Williams, Batman, 1988.
  9. Richard Gere, Internal Affairs, 1989.     ’Tis the season to be cops…. with two offers…   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 - Johnson, Alec Baldwin, Tom Berenger, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Keaton, Nick Nolte, Al Pacino, Christopher Reeve, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta… and four outsiders Richard Dean Anderson, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, 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.
  10. Kurt Russell, Tango and Cash, 1989.     Next… ? Sylvester Stallone was Raymond Tango – without question. But who would he accept as his equally frame cop pardner, Gabriel Cash? After Patrick Swayze ran (to solo billing in Road House), the list was long… Johnson,m Michael Biehn, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costner, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Michael Keaton, Ray Liotta, Liam Neeson, Michael Nouri, Gary Oldman, Robert Patrick, Bill Paxton, Ron Perlman, Dennis Quaid, Gary Sinise, Bruce Willis and James Woods. They lost out on the debatable pleasure of four directors! From the Russian Andrei Konchalovsky to, secretly, Stallone.

  11. Tim Robbins, Jacob’s Ladder, 1990.   The queue to be ’Nam war casualty Jacob Singer was long… Robbins, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Dustin  Hoffman, Al Pacino… even Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson, so far down the pike that year thay they wound up sharing the dreadful Harley Davidson and the  Marlboro Man.
  12. Nick Nolte, The Prince of Tides, 1991.     Director and star Barbara Streisand offered the role of the unemployed, aimless and miserably married Tom Wingo.
  13. Michael Douglas, Basic Instinct1991.
  14. Kevin Costner, JFK, 1991.
  15. Tom Sizemore, Heat, 1995.  Auteur Michael Mann revived fthe failing Johnson career with the classy  Miami Vice series, 1984- 1989, but the actor passed  Michael Cheritto to Sizemore.
  16. David Caruso, CSI: Miami, TV, 2002-2010.      An early suggestion from producer Jerrry Bruckheimer forLieutenant Horatio Caine in the first of the Crime Scene Investigation spin-offs. But  Don had done Florida -  over six years in Miami Vice.
  17. James Caan, Las Vegas, TV, 2003-2008.    Don was  considered for  the Montecito Casino & Hotel security chief, Ed Deline. Of course he was. The series  was based on his notion: Casino Eye. “I read a ton of scripts and there aren’t many that blow my skirt up.”
  18. Mark Harmon, NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, TV, 2003-2010.    Tiring  of series, after the 333 combined episodes of Miami Vice, 1984-1990,  and Nash Bridges 1996-2001, Johnson turned down creator Donald P Bellasario’s invitation  to play the patriarchal agent  Jethro Gibbs.
  19. Tom Berenger, Inception, 2009.      Despite not having had a decent movie since Dennis Hopper’s mercurial Hot Spot in 1989, Johnson turned down the offer from the Dark Knight’s UK auteur, Christopher Nolan, to play Browning. Maybe the A-List cast - Leonardo Di Caprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine etc - put him off.




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