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Clive Owen


  1. Adrian Lester, Hustle, TV, 2004-2009.    Turned down the role of Mickey Stone, suave leader of sting gang: Robert Vaughn, Robert Glenister, Marc Warren and the lovely Jaime Murray.
  2. Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man, 2005.      A rankoutsider forheavyweight champ Jimmy Braddock in a long-time project of Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom before Ron Howard moved in with his (obvious) star.
  3. Daniel Craig, Casino Royale, 2006.
  4. Daniel Craig, The Golden Compass, 2006.   In talks about becoming the scientist-explorer Lord Asriel… when Craig became available. Craig also beat Owen to 007 in the Casino Royale reboot. Furthermore in the West End stage version, His Lordship was another Bond: Timothy Dalton. Others in the mix had included Jason Isacs and Paul Bettany.
  5. Robert Downey Jr, Iron Man, 2007.    Michael Jackson pushed hard to be in in the 90lb suits of about 450 separate pieces. After musing over Owen, Hugh Jackman, Timothy Olyphant and Sam Rockwell, director Jon Favreau only wanted Downey. “The best and worst moments of Robert's life have been in the public eye. He had to find an inner balance to overcome obstacles that went far beyond his career. That's Tony Stark.”
  6. Kenneth Branagh, Wallander, TV, 2008-2010.      Several companies were trying to set up an English lingo series based on Henning Mankell’s Swedish cop, Kurt Wallander, of Ystad, near Malmö.   Movie actors Owen, Jason Isaacs, Michael Gambon were too busy. Then, Branagh ran into the novelist at an Ingmar Bergman film festival and asked to play “this fascinatingly flawed but deeply human detective.”  One  of his most perfect roles - shot in Ystad, often at the same time as the Swedish TV series starring Krister Henriksson (and before him, Rolf Lassgård) - on the local directors was Jonas Grimås, who helmed Owen in the 200 UK TV movie,  Second Sight:Kingdom of the Blind.   
  7. Nicolas Cage, Medallion, 2011.    Owen was first (Jason Statham second) in moves to make this rather Taken II as a father has only a few hours to save his daughter - locked in a New York medallion taxi cab’s trunk by her kidnappers.  
  8. Dominic Cooper, Cities, 2012.      A change of Brits (and ages) for New Zealand director Roger Donaldson marrying tales inLondon, Mumbai, and New York.  
  9. Michael Keaton, RoboCop, 2012.    Owen’s name hit the frame when Hugh Laurie decided against being head of the facility creating the titular robotic force... in another of Hollywood’s moldy re-moulds.   What? Oh, I’m sorry...  a “reimagining.”
  10. Sharlto Copley, Oldboy, 2012.    During the chequered history of re-making Chan-Woo Park’s 2003 South Korean international breakthrough, Oldeuboi - as directors switched from the Fast and Furious ace Justin Lee to Steven Spielberg and, finally, Spike Lee – three Brits, Owen, Christian Bale and Colin Firth, passed on the smooth villain Adrian Pryce who kidnaps the titular James Brolin for 20 years! Spike also suffered when his 140 minute cut was slashed by Sony to 105 which explains why this is A Spike Lee Film for the first time and not, as per usual, A Spike Lee Joint.

  11. Nicolas Cage,  Stolen, 2012.       ’Tis the season to rescue your daughter from the bad man…Jason Statham also finally saw the light about this dull Taken In New Orleans.  Which sounds more exciting than this dumbass movie… 
  12. Josh Brolin, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, 2013.   Wall to wall fitted scheduling (including his Steven Soderbergh series, The Knick) meant Owen could not repeat his Dwight character from the first Frank Miller-Robert Rodriguez cult.
  13. Mark Strong, The Brothers Grimsby, 2014.    The pitch was better than Sacha Baron Cohen’s new farce: James Bond has a brother - his complete opposite, family man, football hooligan… Owen and Colin Farrell (both previously suggested for 007) and Australian Guy Pearce were among choices for MI6 agent Commander Sebastian Graves. Perfect for Strong, an espionage film veteran. “Sacha is on a mission to poke fun at everything… and create disorder. But within that anarchy, the process of finding the laughs is actually quite scientific. There's a very structured narrative and the writers are specific about the lines they write and the words you speak.”



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