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Mandy Patinkin


  1. Louis Gosset Jr, An Officer And A Gentleman, 1982.    Now here’s an odd tale…  After every A-lister contacted (Nicholson, included) refused to be the hardass Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley, Mandy Patinkin made a dynamite auditon. “Best reading I’ve ever heard,” said producer Marty Elfand,  Director Taylor Hackford, however, said: “Too ethnic.”  And gave the role (and the support Oscar) to Junior Louis. An African-American. But not, apparently,  ethnic!
  2. Ken Marshall, Marco Polo,TV, 1982.Peter Firth, and Michael Ontkean also pased on the mini-series.Mandy went on into successivehit series Chicago Hope, 1994-200, Dead Like Me, 2003-2004, Criminal Minds, 2005-2007, and Homeland in  2012.
  3. Peter Coyote, Heartbreakers, 1984. Micheal Ontkean had the lead role. And then, he didn’t
  4. Brian Cox, Manhunter, 1985.In Mlchael Mann’s mix for the first Hannibal Lecter… Gene Hackman was almost the second- in Silence of the Lambs in 1990.

  5. Jack Nicholson, Heartburn, 1986.
    "Entirely my fault," declared stage-screen director Mike Nichols. “Mandy’s an excellent actor but I had theimpression that we were not making  the same film.”  Nichols fired him (with  $500,000) after the first day and called up Nicholson. Jack’s loyalty is frightening.  ‘If you need me, Nick, I can be there in two days.’Then comes the bill. And it’s very high. And that's fair.” Patinkin did not have enough humour, said scenarist Nora Ephron (the film was about her marriage to Watergate journo Carl Bernstein), “and he proved unbelievably difficult.” With reason, he says. “From the very first day, Mike was saying: 'Do it like... oh, you know, how Jack Nicholson does that stuff.'  So he fired me and hired Nicholson. Jack wasn’t very good. To see one         of my favourite acyors struggling was a great lesson. . Wasn’t his fault. It was the fault of the material. But he    made his $5m."  (Or more) And so after two false starts, it was finally: Nicholson and Streep. “It was like meeting Mick Jagger or Bob Dylan," said Meryl about Jack turning up at her trailer... to use her too.  

  6. Robby Benson, Beauty and the Beast, 1990.      Patinkin, Tim Curry, Laurence Fishburne and Val Kilmer made sense as potential voice of The Beast - but Regis Philbin, c’mon! US audiences would have guffawed on recognising the voice of the nation’s most famous breakfast TV show host. Benson won and continued voicing the rôle for the next 23 years in various TV sequels and video-games.
  7. Tom Hulce, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1995.      Hulce (ex-Amadeus) and Patinkin were short-listed for Quasimodo. Two years later, Patinkin played the rôle in the tele-film, The Hunchback - in person, not just a voice.
  8. Antonio Banderas, Evita, 1996.     Director Oliver Stone wanted Broadway's Che Guevara opposite Meryl Streep as Evita - until she quit over money hassles in October1989.







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