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Robin Wright (Robin Wright Penn)


  1. Molly Ringwald, Sixteen Candles, 1984.    Wright and Laura Dern auditioned as Samantha Baker but never stood a chance. The new teenage angst maestro John Hughes had noticed Molly at another casting session, considered her to be the perfect American teenager and kept her photo on his desk as he wrote the film – over a weekend.   They made two more hits together and then rowed over a fourth - “I can’t be 16 forever!” - and never worked together again.
  2. Molly Ringwald, The Breakfast Club, 1985. He passed on Wright twice. And yet they say writer-director John Hughes was a genius. Get out! Molly Ringwald, The Breakfast Club, 1985.      .... was a genius.  Get out!
  3. Nicole Kidman, Days of Thunder, 1989.      Dr Claire Lewicki was aimed at all the usual misses. Wright, Kim Basinger, Sandra Bullock, Jodie Foster, Heather Locklear, Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Ringwald, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Ally Sheedy, Brooke Shields, Sharon Stone,. And a newcomer to such rosters: Alison Doody. They all passed what was a formulaic Tom Cruise movie - ie, all about Cruise as a cocky young talent, with an older mentor, older (even taller) woman, and surpassing his enemies… literally, in this chapter, as a Daytona NASCAR driver. He chose Kidman, after seeing Dead Calm, and promptly married her. And she learned about superstar formulas. When she begged time to study neurosurgery for her surgeon’s role, she was told, basically, not to be so silly.
  4. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, 1991.    The Robin who would be Maid Marian had read and compared notes - and heights - with Kevin Costner.  But she and then-husband Sean Penn were infanticipating.
  5. Sharon Stone, Basic Instinct, 1991.
  6. Laura Dern, Jurassic Park, 1992.
  7. Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction, 1993.
  8. Jeanne Tripplehorn, The Firm, 1993.     Director Sydney Pollack was hesitating between Robin and Bridget Fonda when he saw Basic Instinct.
  9. Nicole Kidman, Batman Forever, 1994.
  10. Laura Linney, Congo, 1995.       Robin and Hugh Grant wound up as Laura and  Dylan Walsh, (the future Nip/Tuck plastic surgeon).

  11. Julia Ormond, Sabrina, 1995.    Even before the bad casting, director Sydney Pollack's totally unnecessary re-make was already a gross error of judgement. He tested Juliette Binoche and dancer Darcy Bissell and considered Wright, Sandra Bullock, Julie Delpy, Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Catherine Zeta-Jones. All better suited than Ormond. " I have no regrets," Wright declared in 2015. "That’s what is so great."  
  12. Patsy Kensit, Grace Of My Heart, 1995.      First choice of director Allison Anders (and her producer Martin Scorsese). When she refused, Patsy won the songwriter from several other aspirants. "Everybody wanted it - because it was Anders, Scorsese, Turturro, Stoltz, Matt Dillon, Bridget Fonda..."
  13. Kelly Lynch, Heaven's Prisoner, 1996.     For the hero's wife in the first  film about James Lee Burke's ex-alcoholic Vietnam vet and Cajun cop David Robicheaux  -  incarnated by Alec Baldwin.
  14. Helena Bonham Carter, Wings of the Dove, 1997.      Everyone wanted Forrest Gump's gal.  Even for a Henry James book.
  15. Mia Sorvino, WiseGirls, 2002.   Quit when the first helmer, Richard Donner, pulled out.  "I didn’t want to work four movies in a year and be on every magazine cover," Wright told The Sunday Times in 2015.  "I did it the way I wanted to do it and that’s a real gift."
  16. Rachel McAdams, Red Eye, 2004.    Scenarist Carl Ellswsorth’s airplane  thriller was penned for the Penns - Sean and wife Robin Wright.  Except they were no longer the Penns.  (Again).
  17. Naomi Watts, Mother and Child, 2008.    Change of Elizabeth in another great woman’s movie from Colombian auteur Rodrigo Garcia (son of novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez) - and three great performances from Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington.
  18. Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right, 2009.   Director Lisa Cholodenko’s first thought for the Lesbian partner of Annette Bening – whose children are searching for their sperm-donor father (Other kids in the film were fathered by  Michael Eisner, David Mamet, Steven Spielberg - Lisa, Zosia and Sasha).











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