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Guy Pearce

  1. Joaquin Phoenix, Quills, 2000. Pearce and fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman, plus Billy Crudup and Jude Law were in the mix for the Abbé de Coulmier, boss of the Charenton insane asylum where the Marquis de Sade was incarcerated in 1789. But the enlightened abbott went to co-star Kate Winslet’s choice. (Scenarist Doug Wright called her the film’s patron saint). None of them was right. Coulmier was a 4ft hunchback!
  2. Ben Affleck, Daredevil, 2002.   Too good an actor to bother with such trifles. (For now). Also considered for Marvel Comics’ blind hero Matt Murdock: Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, Colin Farrell, Edward Norton Norton (The Incredible Hulk in 2007). As DD, aka MM, Affleck (a future Batman) proved more dumb than blind. Pearce turned up as Dr Aldrich Killian opposite Iron Man 3, in 2012. 
  3. James Caviezel, The Count of Monte Cristo, 2002.       First choice for the 20th screen Edmond Dantes - from Hobart Bosworth, 1912, to Gérard Depardieu, 1998. Pearce preferred Dantes’ treacherous friend, Mondego.
  4. Robert Carlyle, Eragon, 2005.      On the list forDurza the Shade from Christopher Paolini’s fantasy novel, Carlylehad co-starred with Pearce in Ravenous, 1998.
  5. Clive Owen, Shadow Dancer, UK-Ireland, 2011.      Owen said he was too busy to be the MI5 man, Mac.The impeccable Pearce was contacted.Then,Owenwas free.Works every time.
  6. Kyle Chandler, Zero Dark Thirty, 2012.      Until called up for the re-startedLawless in Georgia,Pearce was up for various roles when Kathleen Bigelow cast her first film since being the first woman to win a Best DirectorOscar for The Hurt Locker on March 7, 2010. (Pearce had been in that cast). Her new subject: tracking and killing America’s Public Enemy #1: Osama bin Laden in 2011.
  7. Benedict Cumberbatch, Black Mass, 2014.    Pearce changed his mind about being Billy Bulger, the Democratic President of the Massachusetts Senate… and brother of Jonny Depp’s Boston crime boss and FBI informant, Whitey Bulger, on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for 12 years with a $2m price on his head (second only to Osama bin Laden). Whitey was finally arrested  at age 81, and found guilty of 31 counts  of racketeering and involvement in eleven murders and sentenced to two life life terms in the Tuscon penitentiary. 
  8. Mark Strong, The Brothers Grimsby, 2014.    The pitch perfect was...  James Bond is lumbered with a gormless brother… Sacha Baron Cohen!  But who could be  super spy Commander  Sebastian Graves? "We wanted someone who could actually be in a real action franchise,” said Cohen. The team  looked at Farrell and Clive Owen (both rumoured for 007 in their prime) and Australian Guy Pearce.  Mark was strongest. He came from from various forms of espionage from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to the Kingsman series and his pals included Daniel Craig! . "Mark's incredibly tough,” added Cohen. “He does all his own stunts. He's a brilliant fighter. And he's totally real - you completely believe him."  And he stole the entire gig. Which is perhaps why SBC’ later chose drama in 2019 as The Spy - real life Israeli hero, Eli Cohen.

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