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George Clooney

  1.  Brad Pitt, Thelma & Louise, 1990. 
  2. Steven Weber, Wings, TV, 1990-1997. Hank Azaria, David Duchovny, Gregg German, Fisher Stevens also auditioned for Brian Michael Hackett, one of two brothers running a private airline out of Nantucket, surrounded by much wackiness. So-called.
  3.  Tim Roth, Reservoir Dogs, 1991.
  4. Keanu Reeves, Speed, 1993. The studio wanted someone with more clout than Reeves as the hero of Bus 2525 - the one with a bomb aboard! Clooney  was in the Jack mix, alongside Stephen and William Baldwin, Jeff Bridges, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks (!), Michael Keaton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and, of course, Bruce Willis.  Well, it was Die Hard On A Bus
  5. Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible, 1995.  No, said, Clooney, he’d done with series after ER. He was now back in movies and preferred sharing  One Fine Day with Michelle Pfeiffer than launching a (possible) new cinema franchise.  Also seen: Nicolas Cage, Mel Gibson, John Travolta, Bruce Wills. And, inexplicably, Ralph Fiennnes… who would make a right dog’s breakfast out of another TV cult hero, John Steed, in The Avengers three years later.  Enter: Cruise and JJ Abrams.  Still at it, 20 years later.
  6. Val Kilmer, The Saint, 1996.  Kilmer, already Batman, said No. Clooney, said Yes. Fortunately, Steven Spielberg had other plans for him... and “overnight,” George was the ER TV sensation! And replaced Kilmer as Batman after director Joel Schumacher kept drawing the Bat-hood over the ads of George in From Dusk Til Dawn. Also up for sainthood were, Kevin Costner, Daniel Day-Lewis, Johnny Depp, Ralph Fiennes, Mel Gibson, Hugh Grant, even Arnold Schwarzenegger.   Plus a certain James Healey, the Irish-born Aussie who actually rejected Mad Max for its sparse dialogue (!) in 1978, leaving the superstar route clear for Gibson.
  7. Michael Keaton Jack Frost,  1998.     A jazz musician dies and comes back  - as Frosty The Snowman - to help out his son.  George wisely preferred, Out of Sight and director Steven Soderbergh... the start of a beautiful friendship.
  8. Will Smith, Wild Wild West, 1999.    “He left the film in the happiest, most gracious and warmest manner,” said director Barry Sonnenfeld. “George really wanted to play James West, but I’d chosen Will.” Wait the story is not finished… 
  9.  Kevin Kline, Wild Wild West, 1999.    “George stayed at my place for a weekend and I suggested he be Artemeus Gordon. He didn’t like the way he was written - he craved more action. We re-wrote it but Artemus remained Artemus. Kevin was the perfect Artemus, even if I did cut some of his scenes." Kline’s other rivals had been Johnny Depp and Matthew McConaughey.
  10. Matthew McConaughey, Sex and the City (Episode 43: Escape from New York), TV, 2000.     The actor-producer inviting Carrie to LA to discuss filming her column was penned for Baldwin. When he refused, Clooney was keen to play Himself  - but had so spare time.

  11. David Duchovny, Return To Me, 2000.     From one TV star to another... Clooney was invited to play Bob,  a guy falling in love with the woman whose life was saved after a heart transplant from hiss fatally injured wife.
  12. Hugh Grant, About A Boy,  2002.     “Nobody would believe I’d need to join a single parents’ group [to get women]. You need someone more average looking.” 
  13. Richard Gere, Unfaithful, 2002.     Very keen on Adrian Lyne’s make-over of French New Wave realisateur  Claude Chabrol’s La Femme Infidèle, 1969. “There were films I’d love to have been a part of, but when you see the actors that did them, you think, oh that makes total sense,” he said. “You find that you end up getting the films that you were supposed to. You can’t really panic over the other ones.”
  14. Kevin Spacey, The Life  of David Gale,  2002.     “I usually get offered movies after someone has walked away from them,” commented Spacey.  “John Travolta was doing The Shipping News, Will Smith was doing K-Pax. You can go right down the list  And George Clooney was making this movie... But he hadn’t fully committed and ultimately decided it wasn’t something he wanted to pursue - so, I’m enormously grateful to George.”
  15. Liam Neeson, Kinsey, 2003.     A joke, right?   Hollywood's #1 bachelor as a sexologist ..!!!  Laughing or not, he  was far too busy conducting his own sexual survey to  play sexologist  Dr Alfred  Kinsey for director Bill Condon.
  16. Johnny Depp, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, 2003.     Always intended for Clooney, says director Robert Rodriguez - who gave Clooney’s movie career a huge boost with From Dusk Till Dawn, 1996. Enjoying the film so much when he finished playing George’s role of Sands (later  offered to Nic Cage, Sean Penn, Kurt Russell, Bruce Willis), Depp asked for another part and had even more fun channelling Marlon Brando as a priest in  a scene with Banderas.
  17. Thomas Haden Church, Sideways, 2003.     Clooney and director Alexander Payne first met when they both agreed he was not right  for the  TV actor  on a road trip through California’s wine country. They met again during the 2009 Toronto Film Festival and Payne had a script for him, The Descendants -  in and about Hawaii. Result: Another Oscar nomination.
  18. Cole Hauser, Paparazzi, 2004.     Difficult for George to play the movie star seeking revenge on four paparazzi. As he was already named in the script.
  19. Tom Hanks, The Da Vinci Code, 2005.    So many of the A List were busy.  As if this film need a name. The title was the star.
  20. Jack Black, King Kong, 2005.     New Zealand director Peter Jackson wanted Clooney or Robert De Niro as the wild film-maker Carl Denham.

  21. Kevin Kline, A Prairie Home Companion, 2006. Revered veteran director Robert Altman called him for what proved his final  film. Clooney - to his immense disappointment - was busy.
  22. Ioan Gruffudd, Fantastic Four, 2005.  Fox actually thought Mr Fantastic might go for the comicbook’s Mr Fantastic. As if Clooney was interested in wearing spandex again  after his 1996 Batman & Robin disaster.  Also in the frame: Brendan Fraser, Jeff Goldblum, Hugh Jackman, Dennis Quaid, Patrick Wilson.
  23. Nicolas Cage, World Trade Center, 2006.     Clooney - and Mel Gibson - turned down  Oliver  Stone’s movie about Gibson New York Port Authority police sergeant  John McLoughlin. No problem, Stone’s agent had already sent the script to Cage...
  24. Kevin Kline, A Prairie Home Companion, 2006.     Revered veteran director Robert Altman called him for what proved his final  film. Clooney - to his immense disappointment - was busy.
  25. Will Smith, Hancock, 2007.     Collecting dust on Hollywood shelves for a rapidly decade as Tonight, He Comes, Vincent Ngo’s script  (much darker, with Hancock unable to to have sex without killing his lovers)  had the finger smudges of Clooney and Leonardo Di Caprio.  Plus close pals Ben Affleck and  Matt Damon.
  26. Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine, 2009.
  27. Ewan McGregor, The Ghost Writer, 2009.      “I was uneasy at having an American play a British writer,” said British writer and scenarist Robert Harris,  “but grateful that at least the film would be made.” Even as incredibly void affair by Roman Polanski. 
  28. Johnny Depp, The Tourist,  2009.      Using the basic Hitchcock  matrix, the hero was supposed to be an ordinary joe caught up in extraordinary circumstances (ie Angelina Jolie!).   George can do ordinary. Johnny - impossible.
  29. Seth Rogen, The Green Hornet, 2010.   Considering  it a step up for Clooneykind from Revenge of the Killer Tomatoes and a lip-synching transvestite in The Harvest,  Clooney agreed to be green until something better arrived in 1996: The Peacemaker with Nicole Kidman. Next? Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Eddie Murphy, Corey Reynolds, Vince Vaughan, Mark Wahlberg… before Seth heroically trimmed his  avoirdupois to be a slim hero and found it wasn’t much of a step-up for Rogenkind, either.

  30. Daniel Craig, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, 2011.
  31. Chris Pine,Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, 2012.     Tom Clancy’s CIAnalyst hero, Jack Ryan, has been around since The Hunt For Red October,  1989 - played, in turn,  by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben  Affleck. Time, then, for a third reboot… Clancy said Clooney was too old - at 49.  Clancy never objected to Harrison Ford playing Ryan at age 50 in Patriot Games, 1992, and at 52 in Clear and Present Danger, 1994. Pine was 32.

  32. Ben Affleck, Argo, 2011.      Scenarist Chris Terrio wrote the hero, Tony Mendez,  for George.  Instead, he produced and  invited Affleck to join  him as  star, co-producer and  and director -  and they won three of the Best Film’s five Oscars on February 24, 2013.  
  33. Henry Cavill, The Man From UNCLE,  2013.   Warner Brothers loved Clooney and director  Steven Soderbergh - and the money made by their Ocean’s 11 trilogy.  And wanted a repeat. But the ex-partners quit. George had injured his back during Syriana and Soderbergh was frustrated by Warner wanting a new franchise - but not to pay for it. As the project dragged on, 18 otyher  Napoleons were  in the mix: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Michael Fassbender, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, Jon Hamm, Joel Kinnaman, Ewan McGregor, Robert Pattinson, Chris Pine, Ryan Reynolds, Alexander Skarsgård (he switched to Tarzan), Channing Tatum. Even Russell Crowe, surely a better bet at 50 for old Waverly, the UNCLE boss.
  34. Will Arnett, The Lego Movie, 2013.    Auteurs Phil Lord and Christopher Miller toyed with the idea of having their lego-Batman voiced by The Real Thing: Clooney, Christian Bale, Michael Keaton or Val Kilmer. (In his voicing debut, Channing Tatum was Superman). 
  35. Sandra Bullock, Our Brand Is Crisis, 2015.  Clooney and business partner Grant Heslov were  producing the  acted version of the great documentary about Bill Clinton’s campaign  consultant James Carville. Therefore, Clooney had the top role, if only becuse he charges less for such personal projects.  They sent a script to Clooney’s Gravity co-star. She had the choice of female roles, but fancied the lead.  “I guess I possess those masculine qualities,” she laughed. “I stepped into a role that maybe George could have played, or maybe I could have played it better.”  She also co-produced. 
  36. Billy Bob Thornton, Our Brand Is Crisis, 2015.  With Sandra Bullock taking over Clooney’s potential lead, his co-producer Grant Heslov suggested he should tackle her on her nemesis. No, said George, get Billy Bob.  He did not really want either role so soon after the similar Ides Of March. With many a home truth about the entire political campaign process, the needle-sharp political satire joined the great family of  The Candidate  and Wag The Dog.
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