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Rick Moranis


  1. John Kapelos, The Breakfast Club, 1984.       During his second movie, teenage angst maestro John Hughes was fine with Moranis giving the school janitor a heavy beard and a thicker Russian accent. Producer Ned Tanen was not - and replaced Moranis with Kapelos from Hughes’ 1983 debut, Sixteen Candles… and Weird Science to come.
  2. Michael Douglas, Fatal Attraction, 1987.
  3. John Heard, Home Alone, 1990.       An astonishing 37 stars (Harrison Ford,Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, etc) were considered for the forgetful parents - nothing roles in a film written for and duly stolen by the stranded kid, Macauley Culkin.
  4. Michael Madsen, Thelma & Louise, 1990.
  5. Daniel Stern, City Slickers, 1991.       Left the cattle-drive vacation comedy forpersonal reasons during shooting. Well, producer Billy Crystal had all the best lines.
  6. Jim Carrey, Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, 1993.     Jim ran with it and has never stopped running since... Also in the Ace frame: Whoopi Goldberg, Judd Nelson, even the UK’s Alan Rickman.
  7. Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie, 1996.        First, Billy Crystal said no to the basketball comedy, then Moranis - and so Whoopi picked up her third role first intended for a guy.
  8. Chris Farley, Beverly Hills Ninja, 1996.       Over a dull decade, the script passed through whoever was hot at the moment - Rick Moranis, Steven Seagal, even Macaulay Culkin.  
  9. Joe Pesci, Gone Fishin’, 1996.    Moranis and John Candy passed on the two fishing buddies. The film was eventually made with Glover and Joe Pesci after Candy’s death and the semi-retirement of Moranis. “This unbelievably moronic comedy” (Desson Howe, Washington Post) led to the tragic death of a stuntwoman in a boat gag that also  injured  her husband and father, stunters both.
  10. 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, MacLachlan included) 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 a Ghost Buster named Louis Tully…
  11. Eddie Murphy, The Haunted Mansion, 2003.      Phantoms were in and Disney was ready to go-go! With this this spectre special… as long as one of the 1983 Ghostbusters agreed to be Jim Evers… None did. Not Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Rock Moranis or Harold Ramis. Twenty years later, Murphy headed the tale named rather than based on the Disneyland attraction.





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