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Dominic Cooper

 

  1. Michael Pitt, The Dreamers, 2003.  Cooper was a surprise Brit on Italian maestro Bernardo Bertolucci’s list. The others - Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jake Gyllenhaal - were as American as Matthew. And Pitt proved a more credible innocent than any of them.
  2. Gaspard Ulliel, Hannibal Rising, 2007.    Or Hannibal Lecter: The Teenage Years - more of a revenge trip for the wartime murder of his sister than a cannibal’s apprenticeship. Somehow a French actor beat such Brits as Cooper, Hugh Dancy, Rupert Friend, Tom Payne, Tom Sturridge to play the  cannibal nephew of Gong Li, no less.  Baby-faced  Cooper broke through the following year  in Mama Mia.
  3. Andrew Garfield, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, UK-Canada-France, 2008.    Copper auditioned for director Terry Gilliam as Anton - won by the next Spider-Man.
  4. Josh Dallas, Thor, 2010.    Actor-director Kenneth Branagh chose Zachary Levi for Fandral, but he was committed to his Chuck TV series. Cooper was next choice, then Stuart Townsend was cast - until,  owing to (all together now!) “creative differences,” Dallas inherited the role. (He was unavailable  for the 2012  sequel when Levi finally took over).
  5.  Orlando Bloom, The Laureate, 2011.    Schedules interfered with the original couple cast as UK poet Rupert Graves and his US writer lover  Laura Riding - Cooper and Hayley Atwell. Bloom and  Imogen Poots joined the menage à trois that soon enough became à quatre.
  6. Jeremy Renner, The Bourne Legacy, 2011.    For The Bourne Continuum, The Devil’s  Double star was seen during Universal’s two cycles of tests - of some 19 hopefuls.
  7. Paul Anderson, Passion, 2011.     Luckily for him, Cooper had to quit the, er, “thriller.”  Aka another Brian De Palma mess.

  8. Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey, 2013.  
    Mark Wahlberg tried to buy the porno novel.  Social networks were full of weird suggestions for the porn novel’s BDSM lover, Christian Grey. From Robert Pattinson, Matt Smith to Henry Cavill (well, S/M also stands for Superman) and Captain America Chris Evans (as if Marvel would allow that). None led to talks, auditions or tests.  Because the suits had eyes only for Ryan Gosling.  No way, said he. Most wise. Next target was Charlie Hunnam. He agreed and then suddenly quit because of his Sons of Anarchy, series (among other issues), and a second batch of front-runners were seen: Luke Bracey (the inevitable Aussie), Canadians Patrick J Adams and François Arnaud (well versed in jiggery-pokery as Cesare in The Borgias series), plus Scott Eastwood, Theo James, Billy Magnussen - and Alexander Skarsgård, playing Tarzan by then with an Anastasia Steele hopeful, Margot Robbie.   (Hunnam had also been in the ape-man mix). The first group had been  Amell (he preferred Oliver Queen, aka DC’s Arrow, TV 2012-2016), ex-UK model David Gandy (who simply refused) while two other Brits, Christian Cooke (from Love, Rosie with London model Suki Waterhouse up for Anastasia) and Cooper (perfect, surely!), Aussie Daniel McPherson - and Santa Monica’s Ryan Paevey actually auditioned.  And as for the Belgian hunk, Matthias Schoenaerts - he fell asleep reading the scenario.    Oh, and author EL James vetoed any idea of of Dornan’s pal, Eddie Redmayne! They were all lucky to escape the turgid, totally un-erotic enterprise. Only 14 minutes and 17 seconds of sex, no orgasms - and pubes added digitally to actors’ genital patches!! And poor Dornan was a zero without his beard.

  9. Charlie Hunnam, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, 2015.   On Warner shelves almost as long as Justice League, David Dobkins’ Arthur & Lancelot, churned into Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur as the first of a possible sextet (but there are no Hobbits!). During which time, the guy pulling the sword from the stone was to be Cooper, Sam Claflin, Colin Farrell, Kit Harrington, Liam Hemsworth, the Scottish Hans Matheson (from Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, 2009), Jim Sturgess or Benjamin Walker. Then, Hunnam promised Ritchie he’d recover his Sons of Anarchy weight loss and then some. Furthermore, dude, he was ready to rumble with the his final rivals, Henry Cavill (Ritchie’s Man From UNCLE) and Jai Courtney. “Bring ’em both in here. I’ll fight ’em both. The one who walks out the door gets the job!”

  10. Spencer Rocco LoFranco, The Life and Death of John Gotti, 2016.   According to New York Post, the UK Mama Mia star was all set to play John Gotti Jr - after Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr, James Franco, Shia LaBoeuf, Jeremy Renner and Channing Tatum withdrew from what was then Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father. While Juniors, writers, directors (Nick Cassavetes, Barry Levinson) and years sped by, John Travolta remained literally The Teflon Don as Gotti Sr, was known when the untouchable head of New York’s Gambino Mafia family.  Canada’s LoFranco was perfect for Travolta… not known for stealing movies.

 

 

 

 





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