Payday Loans
Harry Andrews (1911-1989)

  1. Leo McKern, Candleshoe,1977.   Change of crook - out to rob Helen Hayesin a Disneyesque UK.
  2. Patrick Stewart, Lifeforce, 1984.   Or, lifeforces… considering director Tobe Hooper had a choice of 44 UK actors for the one role!  In  fact, Cannon’s highly expensive science fiction tosh began before Dr Armstrong was found. UK casting queens Maud Spector and Ann Stanborough showed their  Whovian side by short-listing three Doctor Whos (Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Patrick Troughton) and 14 Who guest-stars: John Abineri, Bernard Archard, Hywel Bennett, Julian Glover, Michael Gough, Derek Jacobi, Michael Jayston, Peter Jeffrey, Clifford Rose, Richard Todd, David Warner. Plus: Andrews, Colin Blakely, Graham Chapman (well, the Python was a doctor), Barry Foster, Ronald Fraser, John Gielgud, Robert Hardy, Gordon Jackson, Martin Jarvis, Jeremy Kemp, Richard Todd, Frank Windsor.  You think it’s all over - no way! And 27 (!) were also up for two or more other roles: Abineri, Patrick Allen, Bernard Archard, George Baker, Anthony Bate, Ralph Bates, Hwyel Bennett, Michael Byrne, Denholm Elliott, Paul Freeman, Derek Fowlds, Julian Glover, Bernard Hepton, Trevor Howard, Derek Jacobi, Martin Jarvis, Peter Jeffrey, Freddie Jones, Jeremy Kemp, Michael Kitchen, John McEnery, Clifford Rose, Robert Stephens, Simon Ward, Timothy West, etc. And all the time,  Hooper knew it didn’t matter a damn who played what guy as all eyes would be on Mathilda May - fully naked for almost the entire 116 minutes.  (A rare accomplishment, swiftly copied the following year by another Parisienne, Patricia Barzyk - Miss France 1980 -  in Jean-Pierre Mocky’s La machine à découdre).

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