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Gillian Anderson

  1. Jennifer Lopez, Anaconda,  1995.    TV favourites Anderson and Juliana Margulies passed on Terri Flores, head of a documentary film crew taken hostage by an insane hunter chasing the world’s largest snake. No great loss. For Anderson. Or us. 

  2. Anne  Heche, Volcano, 1996.     TV’s bright new -  and studious - heroine  was an early plan for the similar Dr Amy Barnes.
  3. Ashley Judd, Kiss The Girls, 1997.   Involved in the project in April 1996, she was due to make it during her next hiatus from The X Files.
  4. Carrie-Anne Moss, The Matrix, 1998.   By a sheer fluke when casting their icons-to-be, Neo and Trinity, the Wachowski siblings (then brothers Larry and Andy, now sisters Lana and Lilly) saw the couple who became TV icons of the 90s as Mulder and Scully in The X-Files - David Duchovny and Anderson. (They also saw Sandra Bullock, Janet Jackson, Michelle Yeoh).
  5. Linda Fiorentino, Dogma, 1999.    Said Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers: Thou shalt not stop laughing… Anderson was (over) writer-director Kevin Smith’s first choice for Bethany. Next? Shannen Doherty, Janeane Garofalo (who became Liz) and singer Alanis Morissette, who played… God. As New Jersey’s askew auteur explained many times: not casting his ex-lover, Joey Lauren Adams, as the descendent of Mary and Joseph was a major error. There were days when Fiorentino wouldn’t even talk to him.
  6. Julianne Moore, Hannibal, 2001.    Scully had no wish  to be Starling when Jodie Foster passed on reprising Clarice in the (first) Hannibal Lecter sequel
  7. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Veronika Decides To Die, 2008.     Anderson and scenarist Katherine Fugate lost their bid to bring Paulo Coelho’s novel to the screen in 2003.But, er, Veronika was in her early 20s, Gillian!
  8. Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey, 2010-2015.   Gillian grew up in London and returned there after her X Files glory in 2002 - but passed on joining the gentry! Which is why Cora Crawley (good name!), Countess of Grantham, went to McGovern, another US Angophile, living in the UK since 1992, when she wed Simon Curtis, stage-screen director of the 1999 David Copperfield and My Two Weeks With Marilyn.
  9. Ashley Judd, Helen,  UK-US-Canada-Germany, 2009.     Gillian was not free for this study of “suicidal depression.”  Good thing for Ashley - because when she suddenly had appendicitis, she happened to be shooting in... a hospital.
  10. Melissa George, Hunted, TV, 2012.     The X-Files meets Spooks.Mulder and Scully’s creator Frank Spotnitzwas trying to dream up something to make with the Kudos combine, whenhe ran into Gillian - visiting LA from her London home - and she also asked if he’d be interested in a UK series.This time he had the answer but Gillian had flownto other gigs. Melissas (from Alias) took over as Sam Hunter, of the Byzantium private intelligence agency - now hunted herself and not knowing who to trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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