Payday Loans
Kris Kristofferson

  1. Barry Newman, Vanishing Point, 1970.   Director Richard C Sarafian was not allowed to hire Gene Hackman, so he tried to swing Kowalski, the ultra-rapid hot rod delivery driver, to Kristofferson. No, the Fox suits insisted on Newman. (Mrs KK, Rita Coolidge, had a small role),  And no, Kowalski’s name is not Jim - that was African-American slang for white guys in the 70s.  His next offer was about another car...
  2. James Taylor,  Two Lane Blacktop, 1971.      Clever casting man Fred Roos met Kris at a Jack Nicholson party, asked him to stop by Columbia to audition.  "I was stoned that night.  Next day, all I could  remember was I had this  appointment at  Columbia. Only I thought  it  was Columbia  Records...  Got to  the office,  I was wasted...  The guy said did I know anything about cars. "Can't even change  a tyre."  Kris backed out of the "contrived, crappy movie" and accepted Cisco Pike,  instead.  "I'd never been in no school play.  I wasn't hot to be in movies.  But after Janis [Joplin's death], I was very confused about the music trip."
  3. Roy Harper, Made, 1971.    Americans Kristofferson and Tony Joe White, plus the UK’s T Rex singer Marc Bolan auditioned for the cool, laid back folk-rock singer who became the cool, laid-back Harper, in the UK folk-rocker’s only feature. He was well served by director John Mackenzie, ex-assistant to Ken Loach - hence single mum Valerie going to their Cathy Come Home and Poor Cow star, Carol White.
  4. Christopher Reeve, Superman, 1978,
  5. Harrison Ford, Hanover Street, 1978.      Kris was burnt out. "One film after another, concert tours inbetween, I fooled myself that I could do everything  by working a little harder." Ford snapped up the (bad) WWII  romance "because  I'd never kissed a woman in my films."  Ironically,  Ford also  owes his career to Fred Roos, continually batting for him in Lucas and Coppola films.
  6. Donald Pleasence, Halloween, 1978.   Hitchcock fan and auteur John Carpenter searched high and low for his shrink, Dr Sam Loomis: Peter O’Toole and the Hammer horrors, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee versus Charles Napier, Lawrence Tierney, Abe Vigoda. The $300,00 shoestring budget couldn’t afford any of them! Same for the kinda obvious Lloyd Bridges, David Carradine, Kirk Douglas, Steven Hill, Walter Matthau… and such off-the-wall surprises as John Belushi, Mel Brooks, Yul Brynner, Edward Bunker, Sterling Hayden, Dennis Hopper, Kris Kristofferson… and Dick’s brother, Jerry Van Dyke. Loomis, incidentally, was named after John Gavin’s character in Pyscho; his screen lover was Janet Leigh, her daughter was Carpenter’s heroine, Jamie Lee Curtis. So it flows.
  7. Sylvester Stallone, First Blood (aka Rambo), 1982. 
  8. Michael Madsen, Thelma & Louise, 1990.
  9. David Morse, Bait, 1999.     Minds were changed about Kris playing playing  Edgar Clenteen in what Chicago critic Roger Ebert saw as  a deadpan action comedy with a little Hitchcock, a little Bond and a lot of attitude.
  10. Peter Fonda, 3.10 To Yuma, 2006.   Tackling his first Western, director Tom Mangold wanted Russell Crowe - and got him - but notKristofferson in the reboot of GlennFord’s 1956. Neither version had the power of Elmore Leonard’s short story

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