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John Lithgow

 

  1. Warren Beatty, Reds, 1981.    Beatty planned a biopic of such epic proportions that producing was more than enough for him. No way could he star and/or direct.  He thought of Lithgow as John Reed, author of the ultimate account of the Russian Revolution,Ten Days That Shook The World, and among the very few Americans buried in the Kremlin.
  2. Kelsey Grammer, Cheers, TV, 1982-1993.    The character of radio shrink Dr Frasier Crane was penned for Lithgow.  He didn’t want it.  “I just said: No. I barely even remembered that [offer]. It was like swatting away a fly . I just wasn't going to do a series.” Two years later, Lithgow began his five years 3rd Rock from the Sun - while Grammer was starting to continue Dr Crane in a new series, Frasier, 1996-2001.
  3. Harold Ramis, Ghostbusters, 1983.  Who ya gonna call - at 555-2368...?  Well, not Lithgow. Dan Aykroyd’s first draft (Ghost Smashers) was more futuristic, scary and dark. Therefore, Dr Egon Spengler was also aimed at Jeff Goldblum and the Christophers - Lloyd and Walken. Ramis co-wrote the film but never intended being in it.
  4. Christopher Lloyd, Back To The Future, 1985.     A possible Doc Brown - but he lost the film and, indeed, the series.  Far too tall opposite Michael J Fox.  And almost anyone else!  Why accept/refuse roles? “A hundred reasons. The role, the writing, the people involved, the fun factor, the dough, the attention paid, but mostly what your gut tells you.”
  5. Brian Cox, Manhunter, 1985.    In Hollywood director Mlchael Mann’s mix for the first Hannibal Lecter… Or, Lektor in this version  .So were Brian Dennehy (who recommended Cox), director William Friedkin and Mandy Patinkin. Gene Hackman was almost the second in Silence of the Lambs, 1990… when Lithgow was considered again.
  6. Gary Busey,Predator 2,1990.    Director  Stephen Hopkins wanted Lithgow as FBI agent Peter Keyes. Producer Joel Silver gave him Busey.  Film flopped. Enormously. Just as Predator 1 star Arnold Schwarzenegger told Silver it would.  They never worked together again.  Truth hurts.
  7. Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs, 1990.
  8. Anthony Hopkins, Nixon, 1995.     Unlike Hopkins, Lithgow is not abeliever of less is more!“I’m a big man,”he told me, “and I kinda like big behaviour.”
  9. 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, Gandhi, Freddy Krueger, Magnum, Jean-Luc Picard, Han Solo,  Spock and  - hey, they’re doctors! - Emmett Brown and Frank-N-Furter. Aka… Timothy Dalton, Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley, Robert Englund, Tom Selleck, Patrick Stewart, Harrison Ford, Leonard Nimoy, Christopher Lloyd. Tim Curry.  And another Doc - Dick Solomon - from  The Third Rock From The Sun series …   
  10. James Woods, Hercules, 1997.      Lithgow and Jack Nicholson came close, but  Woods conquered all as the voice of Hades.
  11. IIan McKellen, The Prisoner, TV, 2009.     Thanks to a great Dexter arc as the Trinity Killer, Lithgow managed to avoid being #2 in  the blissfully short (dead after six episodes) re-hash of the  UK TV  classic. (His serial killer lasted 12 weeks!).  Jim Caviezel was the substitute Patrick McGoohan.  Or then again, not! 
  12. Jeffrey Wright, The Good Dinosaur, 2009.    The one that got away… . The role. And the film. Only Frances McDormand of the original voice cast survived a ton of necessary changes in the toon that began in 2009, was continually respun, only titled in 2014, and finally released with Wright taking over Poppa Henry, the father of the Apatosaurus family. Of course, by then it was much better, just not really up to Pixar’s usual, skyscraper-high standards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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