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Tim Allen

  1. Tom Arnold, The Stupids, 1965.    Who’d want to be Stanley Stupid ? With John Landis directing! Allen and Jack Nicholson fled what the  San Francisco Chronicle voted “the most moronic, easy-to-trash movie we'll see all year.”  Sole interest was watching Landis’ director chums making asses of themselves: Gurinder Chadha, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Mick Garris, Norman Jewison, Robert Wise and two great political film-makers: Costa-Gavras and Gillo Pontecorvo.
  2. John Candy, Splash, 1983.     Up for Tom Hanks’ brother in the mermaid movie. Allen was a stand-up at the time. He didn’t make his film debut until 1988 - as Baggage Handler in Tropical Snow - long before his 90s’ series fame. Allen and Hanks later voiced Buzz Lightyear and cowboy Woody in the Toy Story toons.
  3. Dan Aykroyd, My Girl, 1991.   Allen, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Bill Murray were in the mix for young Anna Chlumsky’s undertaker father in this little gem. Allen and Chase were siphoned off for not being known for drama. Aykroyd has just tried that route for Driving Miss Daisy - and won an Oscar nod!  
  4. Tom Cruise, Jerry Maguire, 1996.   Super-Tom One, Hanks, was into his helming debut, The Thing That You Do, 1996. Super-Tom Two, Cruise, said: “I may not be right for this but let me just read for you.” And Super-Tom-One added: “It couldn’t have been anyone but Cruise.” Except auteur Cameron Crowe had also considered Allen (briefly, thankfully), Alec Baldwin, Edward Burns (who reccommended his latest co-star, Connie Britton, for Dorothy; they both came second), Johnny Depp, Sean Penn (from Crowe’s first script, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 1981), John Travolta and Bruce Willis.
  5. Robin Williams, Flubber, 1997.     Disney's re-make of the 1961 Fred MacMurray film was among offers to keep Buzz Lightyear in the fold,
  6. Mike Myers, The Cat in  the Hat, 2003.     Allen was already stuck in the make-up of Santa Clause 2. Hence, Myers was nominated for Worst Actor at the 2004 Razzie awards.
  7. Adam Godley, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, 2004.     Among 20 TV dads up for Mr Teavee. Allen was Tim Taylor in Home Improvement, 1991-1999. Also in the mix: James Belushi, Dan Castellaneta, Ed O’Neill, Ray Romano, Bob Saget and Kurtwood Smith. Godley was a huge 1998 hit as Kenneth Williams in London’s behind-the-Carry-On-scenes play, Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick.
  8. Jason Lee, Alvin and the Chipmunks, 2006.    For some reason all the A List - Allen, Jim Carrey, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Ben Stiller, John Travolta - edged away from being Dave Seville - the chipmunks’ adoptive father, songwriter and supplier of the iconic yell: Allvviinn!!

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