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Chevy Chase

 

  1. Tim  Matheson,  National  Lampoon's  Animal  House, 1978.      They were Saturday Night Live stars but never pals.  Chevy avoided working with John  Belushi - although  twice subbing him after his death.
  2. Robert Hays, Airplane!, 1979.       To paraphrase Oscar Wilde’s Lady Bracknell… “To lose one Animal House may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both it and ‘Animal House in a Plane’ looks like carelessness.” Such was the fate of Chase and Bill Murray.
  3. Jack Nicholson, The Shining, 1979.
    Judging them solely on Taxi Driver and Mork & Mindy, Stanley Kubrick said Robert De Niro was not psychotic enough while Robin Williams was too much so!   Although Kubrick’s only choice was Nicholson, Warner Bros also suggested Harrison Ford, Christopher Reeve. Plus Martin Sheen (who’d already made it… as Apocalypse Now!). (He later made Stephen King’s Dead Zone in 1983). Or even the funny Chevy Chase and Leslie Nielsen (what were they smoking?) Author King said “normal looking” Michael Moriarty or Jon Voight going mad would work better than Jack.  Didn’t matter who was Jack Torrance as Kubrick, usually so blissfully right about everything, had clearly lost it.     He insisted on up to 70 takes for some scenes (three days and 60 doors for “Here’s Johnny!”), reducing Shelley Duvall and grown men, like Scatman Crothers at 69, to tears. “Just what is it that you want, Mr Kubrick?” He didn’t know. He was, quite suddenly, a director without direction. Result: a major disappointment. Not only for Stephen King but the rest of us. Harry Dean Stanton escaped being Lloyd, the bartender. By making a real horror film. Alien.

  4. Dudley Moore, Arthur, 1980.       The suits wanted a US star. Brand new auteur Steve Gordon wanted Dud. Gordon won, made a big hit, but never a second film - he died at 44 in 1982. John Belushi had passed, scared of being typed as a drunk (surely the least of his troubles!). Orion Pictures’ other choices for the titular rich man-child were: Chase, Jeff Bridges, Martin, Bill Murray, Robin Williams… and quite ridiculously, James Caan, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino (that would have been tough going!), Robert Redford, Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta. Enough for an Arthur XI soccer squad - and one reserve.
  5. Bill  Murray,  Where The Buffalo Roam, 1980.        More SNL names were tossed around the  gonzo journo ring. Only Bill  Murray knew  the  man  -  having  been  once lashed to a cast-iron garden chair and thrown into a pool by Dr Hunter S Thompson.
  6. Harrison Ford, Raiders of the Lost Ark,1980.
  7. Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie, 1982.
  8. Steve Martin, All Of Me, 1983.      Written by Phil Auden Robinson for Chevy and  Goldie Hawn. Martin met his first wife, Victoria Tenant, on it.
  9. Bill Murray, Ghost Busters, 1983.       Who ya gonna call - at 555-2368...?   Not Chevy. Nor Michael Keaton. They both refused to be Dr Peter Venkman. Dan said the script offered him was more scarily dark. That was Ghost Smashers written by Dan Aykroyd for John Belushi and himself, in Abbott & Costello mode. He put it on ice for two years after Belushi’s death - when Chase and Michael Keaton refused to inherit what became Columbia’s #1 money-maker. Murray’s real price was Columbia re-making The Razor’s Edge, 1946. It did. And it bombed.
  10. Tom Hanks, Splash, 1983.      Hanks always claimed he was director Ron Howard’s 11th choice for Allen Bauer in his breakthrough (mermaid) movie. Sorry, Tom - 15th! And here they be: Chase, Jeff Bridges, Richard Gere, Steve Guttenberg (Howard chose him for Cocoon a year later), John Heard, Michael Keaton (he also refused Alan’s brother, Freddie), Robert Klein, Kevin Kline, Dudley Moore, David Morse, Bill Murray (PJ Soles was set for his mermaid), Burt Reynolds, John Travolta (his agent turned him off it!), Robin Williams.

  11. Michael Douglas, Fatal Attraction, 1987.
  12. Bob Hoskins, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1988.      The zany idea of cartoon characters living alongside humans in 1947 Hollywood and human shamus Eddie Valiant trying to answer to the titular query (no question mark - unlucky in Film City history) and save to toon star Roger and his Ekbergian woman… would ruin Chase’s “family star” image! Please, someone, tell me the twerp was joking… Surprisingly, the murder mystery where the chief suspect is a toon  was based on the never made Cloverleaf, Robert Towne’s third Jake Gittes script (for Chinatown, read Toontown). So who should be Gittes, er, shamus Eddie Valiant? Well, why not Gittes, himself - Jack Nicholson? No, producer Steven Spielberg could not see beyond Harrison Ford. Too expensive! OK, Ed Harris, Robert Redford (Once nearly Philip Marlowe), Sylvester Stallone? Director Robert Zemeckis also considered Charles Grodin, Aussie comic Don Lane, Eddie Murphy (soon a toon in the Shrek movies), Joe Pantoliano and voice artist Peter Renaday.   And they could never contact the hideaway Bill Murray… When he read that in a paper, Murray screamed out loud - he would have loved being Valiant. Not that much fun, reported Hoskins. “I had to hallucinate to do it,” he told Danish TV. After working with green screens for six months, 16 hours a day, he lost control.  “I had weasels and rabbits popping out of the wall at me.”
  13. Tom Hanks, Bonfire of the Vanities, 1989.      Author Tom Wolfe’s choice for Sherman McCoy - a self-styled Master of the Universe! - made no more sense than than the first director Mike Nichols voting Steve Martin and, finally, Brian De Palma, choosing Hanks.  
  14. Dennis Hopper, Flashback, 1989.
    Of course, Dennis was perfect for the old hippy, wanted by the Feds since the 60s - when he uncoupled Spiro T Agnew’s train for a laugh. Now he’s been grassed up. Keither Sutherland’s arrow straight FBI man is sent to collect him.  Hopper slips him some acid, cuts own hair and beard, changes duds  and when their train pulls in, he’s the agent and  the zonked Sutherland is the old (well, not quite old enough) radical. And that’s just the start. Get this if you can find it. Well worth it.  As Hopper’s daughter, Marin, always knew.  She discovered it and said it was made for Dennis. He contacted his agent and thought he’d lucked out on hearing that  Chase and Dan Aykroyd were in the hunt. However, Italian director Franco Amurri, genuflected before St Dennis.     As did Chicago critic  Roger Ebert: “It’s hard to play a character with charisma, since the charisma has to seem to come from the character and not from the actor, but Hopper does it here. He’s convincing, and his dialogue actually sounds like the sorts of things an unrepentant hippie might say - not like the cliches someone might write for him.”


  15. John Heard, Home Alone, 1990.     An astonishing 37 stars (Harrison Ford,Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, etc) were considered for the forgetful parents - nothing roles in a film written for and duly stolen by the stranded kid, Macauley Culkin.
  16. Michael Madsen, Thelma & Louise, 1990.
  17. Mike Myers, So I Married An Ax Murderer, 1992.      SNL - The  Next  Generation!  Chevy was the target until Wayne's World buried Memoirs of  an Invisible Man at the box-office.
  18. Tim Robbins, The Player, 1992.      Before the script reached the tres independent director Robert Altman, Warners talked Chevy out of wanting the lead.
  19. Bill Murray, Groundhog Day,1992.    The trouble with Chevy, said director and co-writer Harold Ramis, was: “He’s  far too nice.”  Likewise Tom Hanks, Steve Martin and John Travolta... 
  20. Tim Allen,  Toy Story, 1992.      Tom Hanks fell for voicing Woody because, as a kid,  he wondered  if his toys really lived when there was nobody around. Not so Tim Allen…  He jumped at Buzz Lightyear because  Chase – one of his idols - had rejected what became the #1 film of 2005 in the US.

  21. Tim Allen, The Santa Clause, 1994.       Conflicting schedules meant Chase could not play Scott Calvin/Santa Clause.
  22. John Goodman, The Flintstones, 1994.       Yabba-dabba-don’t! After ludicrous thoughts of  thin guys in fat-suits (Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) burned up on re-entry to planet Earth, chubby John Candy was set to succeed James Belushi as the Stone Age hero.  Not for long. The live action take on the cartoon series (The Simpsons of its days, 1960-1966), would never have happened if Goodman had been unable to squeeze it in during his Roseanne series hiatus. Because, according to co-creator Joseph Barbera: “When John Goodman was born, he was stamped Fred Flintstone right there on his bottom.” The producer agreed.  End of debate. ’Cos the producer was Steven Spielberg.
  23. Tom Hanks, Forest Gump, 1995.       Weird thinking... Chevy was among the four actors that producer Wendy Finerman sentthe script to. It’s called The Any Damn Name Will Suffice Syndrome.
  24. Eric Roberts, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996.    
  25. Kevin Spacey, American Beauty1999.         Rejected his second  Oscar  chance as he preferred his kind of family movies.  Few other families did. Kevin Costner, Jeff Daniels, Ton Hanks, Woody Harrelson (!), John Travolta and Bruce Willis  were also in the mix for the miserable spouse/father, Lester Burnham. UK stage director Sam Mendes fought hard  for Spacey. “There’s one thing better than having a really good actor, and that’s having a really good actor who has never done this kind of role before.” Spacey won his second Oscar despite masturbating in the shower - the high point of Lester’s  day: “it's all downhill from here.”
  26. Johnny Depp, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, 2004.      Director Tim Burton’s 29 other fancies for Willy were his ole Beetelgeuse, Michael Keaton, Chase, Rowan Atkinson, Dan Aykroyd, Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Warwick Davis, Robert De Niro, James Gandolfini, Dwayne Johnson, Ian McKellen, Marilyn Manson, Steve Martin, Rik Mayall, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, John Neville, Leslie Nielsen, Brad Pitt, Peter Sallis, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Will Smith, Patrick Stewart, Ben Stiller, Christopher Walken, Robin Williams. And the surviving Monty Python crew (also up for the 1970 version): John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. Among the five exec producers, author Roald Dahl’s widow, Liccy, wanted her husband’s favouritefor the chocolatier Willy Wonka - Dustin Hoffman.   If not possible she voted for UK comics, Eddie Izzard or David Walliams. She was quite happy with Depp… who found Willy’s voice while riffing on a stoned George W Bush!
  27. Jason Lee,  Alvin and the Chipmunks, 2006.        For some reason all the A List - Chase, Tim Allen, Bill Murray, John Travolta - edged back from becoming Dave Seville - the chipmunks’ adoptive father, songwriter and supplier of that iconic yell: Aallvviinn!!

 

 

 

 

 

 





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