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  1. Crystal Bernard, Wings, TV, 1990-1997.     Moore, Marcia Cross, Lisa Darr, Gina Gershon, Peri Gilpin, Marcia Gay Harden, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Megan Mullally, Rita Wilson also auditioned for Helen… who finally wed  Tim Daly’s Joe  at the end of the sixth season and 172 episodes.
  2. Laura Dern, Jurassic Park, 1992.   
  3. Cindy Crawford, Fair Game, 1995.    Surprise A true actress was first being sought for, virtually, a re-hash of Sylvester Stallone’s Cobra - made in 1986, with his then wife, Danish pin-up Brigitte Nielsen.
  4. Anne  Heche, Psycho, 1997.  The (inevitable) top choice of Nicole Kidman passed on Marion Crane  in the nuttiest idea in movie history – director Gus Van Sant re-making the Hitchcock clasic, shot for shot.  “So no one else would have to.” (!) He next saw Moore, Drew  Barrymore, and Laura  Linney The winning Heche had never seen the original. Hardly surprising. She had lost Mary Corleone  in  Coppola’s  Godfather: Part III by asking: “This guy ever direct anything I would know?”
  5. Robin Wright (Penn), Unbreakable, 2000.    Moore  fast-exited M Night Shyamalan's first film after his enormous Sixth Sense triumph when asked to replace another swift exit - by Jodie Foster from her Clarice Starling role in The Silence of the Lambs sequel, Hannibal. Right choice.Frances O’Connor, AI: Artificial Intelligence, 2001.    The Australian is one of the few actors whose career did not greatly benefit from working with Steven Spielberg.
  6. Frances O’Connor, AI: Artificial Intelligence, 2001. The Australian is one of the few actors whose career did not greatly benefit from working with  Steven Spielberg.
  7. Nicole Kidman, Bewitched, 2004.    Who wants to play wriggly-nosed Samantha? Me, me, chorused... JenniferAniston, Kim Basinger, Cameron Diaz, Heather Graham, Angelina Jolie, Lisa Kudrow (perfect!), Tatum O'Neal (not so much), Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Alicia Silverstone, Hilary Swank, Naomi Watts. Among 35 possibles. Over the years.
  8. Cate Blanchett, The Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou, 2004.     After Gwyneth Paltrow, then Nicole Kidman had to quit, Julianne nearly had it in her grasp - then Blanchett proved free (and pregnant).
  9. Annette Bening, Running With Scissors, 2005.      First set for the wannabe poet who abandoned her son and was abandoned by him in return - but for the fact that Bening had cornered the market on neurotic women: American Beauty, Being Juilia, Mrs Harris.
  10. Hope Davis, The Special Relationship, 2009.    As soon as  the Oscar-nominated scenarist  Peter Morgan quit his writer-directing debut, Moore also left - too busy with The Kids Are All Right.  Davis, an HBO star due to In Treatment, took over as First Lady Hillary Clinton... in Morgan’s third script for Michael Sheen as UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.  Dennis Quaid was POTUS Bill Clinton.  It opened with Oscar Wilde’s line: True friends stab you in the front!

  11. Diane Lane, Man of Steel, 2011.
  12. Robin Wright, Adore, France-Australia, 2012.  Always up to date with the latest books,  plays, ideas,  etc, it was Jeanne Moreu who told casting icon-turned-producteur Dominique Besnehard about the Doris Lessing book, The Grandmothers. He immediately thought of (who else?) Nathalie Baye opposite, say, Ardant or Nicole Garcia - with old pals  Jacques Doillon or François Ozon directing.  Instead, it became the first English language film drected by the former actress Anne Fontaine (put up by Besnahard in  his casting days, for Isabelle Adjani’s role in  L’Eté meurtrier, 1982). Her husband, Philippe Carcassonne,  produced with Besnahard’s Mon Voisin Productions among the  of five co-producing entities. As proved in his 2014 autobiography, adore is Besnehard’s favourite word.
  13. Jennifer Connelly, Noah, 2013.    There was talk of Mooreas the titular Russell Crowe’s wife. Finally, auteur Darren Aronofsky looked no further than Crowe’s 2001 Oscar-winning missus in A Beautiful Mindfor the variously named (by differing religions) Amzurah, Anhuraita, Barthenos, Emzara, Esther, Gaw Bo-lu-en, Haykêl, Mama Noah, Mubiyna, Naama, Nemzar, Nhuraitha, Norea, Noyanzar, Noyemzar, Nuraita, Percoba, Phiapphara, Puarphara, Titea Magna, Tytea, Vesta. Waala, Waila…  And Naameh in the film, as per Jewish Rabbinic literature.
  14. Annette Bening, Imagine, 2013. Budgetry delays led to Benning and comeback-trailer Bobby Cannavale replacing Moore and Jeremy Renner - opposite Al Pacino’s ageing rocker. The second time Bening substituted Moore – they were also 2009 co-stars as a Lesbian couple raising two Kids Are All Right.
  15. Annette Bening, Danny Collins, 2015.   The pet project of director Dan Fogelman, writer of top toons Cars, Bolt and Tangled, was inspired by how singer Steve Tilston, learned of a (life-changing) letter written to him 34 years earlier by John Lennon. Hence the title was Imagine when planned at Warner with Steve Carell, Moore and Jeremy Renner. They became Al Pacino, Bening and Bobby Cannavale (Pacino’s sole condition… for his son).
  16. Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? 2017. 
    At the time, the usual get-out-of-jaI-card was used: creatve differences. But when  someone called her while appearing on Andy Cohen ‘s late night Bravo show in 2019, Moore said: “I didn’t leave that movie,            I was fired.   Nicole fired me.” Nicole Holofcener, that was, who wrote the script and was directing until Marielle Heller took over. “I think she didn’t like what I was doing,” Moore explained. “I think that her idea of where the character was, was different than where my idea of where the character was, and so she fired me.” Moore still hadn’t seen the film at the time - “too painful.” What was painful is that McCarthy won an Oscar nomination “I love Melissa McCarthy,  , I worship her. I think she’s fantastic. So I’m sure she’s great.” Moore added that the only other time she’d been fired was when working at a frozen yogurt stand… at 15.      

  17. Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns,2017.   When Walt Disney made the first Poppins, he mused over Bette Davis, Angela Lansbury or Mary Martin for Mary but by 1963, he had only one star in mind. Julie Andrews. For this reboot, Disney suits went through no less than 37 contenders... Two Desperate Housewives:Kristin Davis, Teri Hatcher. Two Friends:Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow. Two Brat Packers: Molly Ringwald, Winona Ryder.  Two of the three authors of The Penis Song: Christina Aplegate, Cameron Diaz. Three sirens: Kim Basinger, Heather Graham Uma Thurman. Four ex-child stars: Drew Barrymore, Alyssa Milano, Tatum O’Neal, Brooke Shields. Ten Oscar-winners: Sandra Bullock, Helen Hunt, Angelina Jolie, Julianne Moore, Tatum O‘Neal, Julia Roberts, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, RenéeZellweger. Plus: Patricia Arquette, Melanie Griffith, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Peiffer, Meg Ryan, Alicia Silverstone, Naomi Watts. But just two Brits: Kate Beckinsale  - and the winning Emily.

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