Payday Loans
Sir Ben Kingsley

  1.  Louis Gosset Jr,  Sadat,  TV, 1983.     "It was the first offer I had after winning the Oscar for Gandhi. And I thought it would be wrong to accept the very first offer...  and I was right. If I'd done it [a four-hour Columbia Pictures TV mini series],  I would have missed films like Betrayal."
  2. Richard Dysart, The  Falcon and The Snowman, 1985.     Kingsley rejected director John Scheslinger's  $l.4m  offer and  knocked  off  two  TV classics instead, Silas Marner and Camille.
  3. Nick Tate, Return From The River Kwai, 1989.     He was wise to steer clear of the worthless - as in totally unnecessary - “sequel” to The Bridge  on the River Kwai.
  4. Tom Courtenay, The Last Butterfly, 1991.     Starting with the French mime artist Marcel Marceau in 1980, and turning to Dustin Hoffman and Kingsley to rescue it later, the true drama of a Czech clown hired by Nazis to fool a Red Cross visit to the Trezin concentration camp  took a decade to win a budget.
  5. Roshan Seth, Mississippi Masala, 1991.     Instead of Gandhi, Indian director Mira Nair chose Gandhi's Nehru  - one  of  the few Indian actors working in the West.
  6. Alfred Molina, The Perez Family, 1995.     Schindler's List proved more important...  and urgent.
  7. Paul McGann, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996.
  8. Eric Roberts, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996.      Hollywood goes Who. Why?  For the pilot of a USeries to exhume the BBC science-fiction cult, buried since it ran out of puff after 26 seasons in 1989. As if to prove this was big deal LA in action (!), some 63 actors were listed for Doc8 and a further 71(well, some were on both lists) for his foe, The Master. Such as… James Bond, Caligula, Dracula, Han Solo, Freddy Krueger, Magnum, Spock, Jean-Luc Picard and  - hey, they’re doctors! - Emmett Brown and Frank-N-Furter. Aka… Timothy Dalton, Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Lee, Harrison Ford, Robert Englund, Tom Selleck, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, Christopher Lloyd. Tim  Curry.  And Gandhi! 
  9. Geoffrey Rush, Munich, 2004.      One Oscar-winner for another…  When Steven Spielberg suddenly decided to shoot  a new ending for The Terminal, his next project was delayed and lost Kingsley as a Mossad chief due to his Fagin in Polanski's  (totally unnecessary) Oliver Twist.
  10. Marlon Brando, Superman Returns, 2006.
  11. Eric Roberts, The Expendables, 2009.    Change of heart about auteur Sylvester Stallone’s offer of a dirty bastard CIA sonuvabitch, Monroe.There was always something wrong about Rocky directing Gandhi... and ina film, said Sly,with “enough testosterone and ego to float
 a large continent covered in elephants.”Two French magazines mistakenlyreferred to the movie as The Expanbdables.Not far fromthe truth.
  12. Jeremy Irons, Margin Call, 2010.   “Please, speak as you might to a young child. Or a golden retriever. It wasn’t brains that brought me here.”  He was called Tuld, so close to Fuld, ceo  of Lehman Brothers, and this Wall Street drama  was thisclose to  the Lehman’s fall.  Sir Ben had to pass all Tuld’s great lines to Irons, who lapped them up. “We’re going to be left holding the biggest bag of odorous excrement ever assembled in the history of capitalism.”

 

 





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