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Tim Robbins

 

  1. Tom Hanks, Bachelor Party, 1984.     Jim Carrey, Howie Mandel were also nixed by Neal Israel. So was future TV star Paul Reiser, who started shooting the comedy.
  2. John Cusack, The Sure Thing, 1985.     After auditioning for Gib, a highly impressed director Rob Reiner had another role created for Tim - one named after Gary Cooper.
  3. Thomas F Wilson, Back To The Future, 1985.    Robbins and Jeffrey Jay (now JJ) Cohen missed out on the bullying Biff Tanen, making life hell for Marty McFly’s dad.
  4. Kiefer Sutherland, Article 99, 1992.    M*A*S*H meets The Hospital.
  5. Woody Harrelson, Indecent Proposal, 1992.    “{Oh, they’re saying I’mdoing that.No!I want to spend some time with Susan [Sarandon] and our family.”Or tend it, while she worked a spell.
  6. Sam Neill, Jurassic Park, 1993.   
  7. Matthew Broderick, The Night We Never Met, 1993.     Tim was part of the first cast in 1990.
  8. Denzel Washington, Philadelphia, 1993.    Still called At Risk when he turned down being the lawyer of AIDS victim (then Daniel Day-Lewis), as he had the inside track on director Robert Altman's (un-made) twin-film version of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning AIDS play, Angels in America - not made, and then by Mike Nichols,until 2003.
  9. Johnny Depp, Benny & Joon, 1993.      MGM thought of Robbins, and his lady, Susan Sarandon, as the weirdo lovers.
  10. Ralph Fiennes, Quiz Show, 1994.     Robbins agreed to be Charles Van Doren, the 50s’ infamous TV gameshow cheat, when Steven Soderbergh was due to direct Richard Goodwin’s book. Once, Robert Redford heard about that, he decided he should helm such an important venture (about, basically, the loss of American innocence) and not the new kid of the block - who had put Redford’s Sundance festival (and Miramax distributors) on the map with his sex, lies and videotape in 1989.  (Redford did the same with A River Runs Through It). Soderbergh said that the Sundance king’s image as a helpmate for all film-makers “is not what I experienced.”

  11. Matthew Broderick, The Road To Wellville, 1994.     In the first flood of hopefuls outlined by US director Alan Parker.
  12. Tom Arnold, Touch, 1997.    Robbins fell out of the Paul Schrader v Elmore Leonard project after convincing Schrader that the character wasn't the book’s “snotty little villain but just a big kid.” Schrader ended up with the biggest kid of ’em all.
  13. Woody Harrelson, The Thin Red Line,1998.     Seen by producer Mike Medavoy for Terrence Malick’s first film for 20 years.
  14. Angus Macfadyen, Cradle Will Rock,1998.    Chicago critic Roger Ebert was among the many feeling Macfadyen didn’t look or sound much likethe film’s obnoxious and often drunken portrait of Orson Welles during his staging of Marc Blitzen’s pro-unions, anti-capitalist operetta in 1937. Ebert suggested Robbinsas an ideal Welles. Tim wrote it, produced it, directed it and (rightly) figured  (other) critics would savage him if he also played Orson Welles.
  15. Holmes Osborne, Donnie Darko, 2001.     Virginian auteur Richard Kelly’s first choice as the imperturbable father of real-life siblings Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal
  16. Patrick Wilson, Angels in America. TV, 2003.     Mike Nichols brilliantly took over another Robert Altman plan that came to naught and made it HBO’s most prestigious event - six hours of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzter Prize winning two plays about AIDS, the Reagan years, political and personal hypocrisy, corruption, compassion, Mormons, spirituality and all that jazz.
  17. Julian McMahon, Fantastic Four, 2005.     A really off-the-radar notion for Dr Doom until Dr Nip/Tuck won the role.  Mel Gibson - and Cliff Curtis, the Maori actor from The Piano and Blow - were also lucky to lose Victor Von Doom in this mess, the second of four flop versions of the comic. One day, Marvel will doubtless regain all rights and fit the Four into its triumphant Cinematic Universe.
  18. Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship, 2009.     Alec Baldwin, Russell Crowe, Philip Seymour Hoffman andTim Robbins were also trying to be President Bill Clinton opposite Michael Sheen’s thirdouting as UK Premier Tony Blair in a Peter Morgan scenario.
  19. John Slattery, Iron Man 2, 2010.    Among early choices of Howard Stark, father of Robert Downey’s hero.
  20. Kevin Spacey, Margin Call, 2010.   “You're selling something that you know has no value...” Robbins was tied up elsewhere and Spacey made a perfect Sam Rogers in the Lehman Brothers-esque Wall Street drama. A performance greatly admired by Chicago critic Roger Ebert: Spacey “projects incisive intelligence in his very manner.”
  21. Willem Dafoe, Odd Thomas, 2012.      Robbins passed on Chief Porter in Stephen Sommers’ film of the Dean R Koontz novel about a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities meeting dark forces.  As for the Odd name, his folks forgot to add T for Todd.

 

 

 





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