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Dolph Lundgren

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Running Man, 1987.    First choice as the Chief Hunter of Christopher Reeve, then for the lead.
  2. Patrick Swayze, Next of Kin, 1989.    Country bumpkins v the Mafia. Again! For the hero of his respun Raw Deal, 1985, UK director John Irvin went from the obvious aces - Jeff Bridges, Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, , Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Kurt Rusell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis - to the also-rans: Michael Biehn, Tommy Lee Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Dennis Quaid. And even the Swedish Lundgren French Christophe(r) Lambert and Belgian Jean Claude Van Damme… for a Chicago cop!
  3. Matt Salinger, Captain America,1990.    Schwarzenegger and Lundgren were rivals again until someone realised- d’oh! - that Captain America should be, well, American. Or speak it! 
  4. Stefanos Miltsakakis, Waxwork II: Lost In Time, 1992.    Some Swedes have no sense of fun. Dolph did not relish an offer to play... Frankenstein’s monster.Stefanos, a Greek judo star, weighed 100kg and survived five films with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
  5. Steve John Shepherd, , RPM, 1997.    Tarantino compadre Roger Avary wrote the script - for Lundgren, Daniel Auteuil,Yun-Fat Chow, Matt Dillon, Tcheky Karyo, Nastassja Kinski, Vanessa Paradis, Tom Savini, Terence Stamp - and Avary’s Killing Zoe stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade andEric Stoltz.Hethen decided against directing. The producer hired Ian Sharp “and the two guys who did Grumpier Old Men [!?!] to rewrite my script.” Actually, Donald Cammell (using the pseudonym Franklin Brauner), just before his death. Avary removed his name from the ensuing mess.
  6. Harry Hamlin, Frogs For Snakes, 1998.     US writer-director Amos Poe comic-actioner about unemployed actor smoonlighting as gangsters. “Not a film so much as a filmed idea,” wrote Roger Ebert, “a very bad idea.”
  7. James Woods, Vampires, 1998.       Dolph was set as heroic Jack Crow for Australian director Russell Mulch - instead, they quit tomake Silent Trigger, 1996.  And Jimmy became “as savage as the prey he's going after” for John Carpenter.
  8. Çasper Van Dien, Meltdown, 1998.    A three-year distribution hassle between Miramax and Trimark, melted Dolph'sinterest and the 90s' Tarzan took over.
  9. Andrew Bryniarski, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 2003.      Invited to play Leatherface, Lundgren begged off “to spend more time with my family”- Latin for “looking for better scripts.”  The 1974 original Leatherface introduced himself to producer Michael Bay at a Christmas party and won the unnecessary re-make - indeed, “contemptible, vile, ugly and brutal,”said Chicago critic Roger Ebert.
  10. Cerina Vincent, It Waits, 2005.      Designed as a monster movie for Lundgren in 2003, it alsohit the nearestvideo-bin - after TV scenarist Stephen J Cannell turned Mike into Dani.

  11. Mark Dacascos, Alien Agent, 2006.     Instant video-bin fodder. Originally set for Dolph before, after 36 films in22 years, he grew up.
  12. Billy Crudup, Watchmen, 2008.   Not so much “Who watches the watchmen?” as Aristotle asked, but who them playeth? And in the 20 years it took for Alan Moore’s DComic-book to be filmed, directors came and went - Darren Aronofsky, Michael Bay, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Paul Greengrass. So did their choices for Jon Osterman, aka the blue Dr Manhattan: Lundgren, Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  13. Micke Spreitz, Millennium:Flickan som lekte med elden (The Girl Who Played With Fire), Sweden, 2009.    The first film of Stieg Larsson’s triumphant trilogy lost one international Swedish star (Stellan Skarsgård). So did the second when Lundgren has little hesitation in rejecting such a minor and heavy role - and, indeed, his first Swedish film in his 37-movie career since 1985. The same character, Ronald Niedermann, was also in the finale, Millennium 3: Luftslottet som sprängdes (The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest). played again by Micke Spreitz, renamed Mikael for the occasion(s).
  14. Ron Perlman, Conan the Barbarian, 2010.    Jon Osterman, aka Dr Manhattan, was going to be Swedish in the early 90s. Trouble was director Terry Gilliam always wanted a three-and-a-half-hour movie in two chapters.
  15. Jason Statham, Homefront, 2012.     Deliverance Meets Taken. Sylvester  Stallone adapted  it years before from  Chuck Logan’s novel.  Indeed, it almost became a Rambo chapter.  When too old for the hero, he told Statham  about it during their Expendables  shoots… which is where Lundgren also got keen on  it. But he was too old as well, and, anyway, Sly was producing! 

 

 

 





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