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John Abineri (1928-2000)

  1. Patrick Stewart, Lifeforce, 1984.    Or, lifeforces… considering director Tobe Hooper had an army of 44 UK actors for just one role!  Included on theDr Armstrong list were three Doctor Whos (Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Patrick Troughton) and (Dr) Graham Chapman of the Monty Python gang!  Abineri was among 27 listed for two or more roles (five for John). And all the time,  Hooper knew it didn’t matter a damn who played what guy as all eyes would be on Mathilda May - resplendently 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).
  2. Michael Gothard, Lifeforce, 1984.    Probably unknown to them, 34 actors were suggested for Dr Bukovsky.  Abineri, Patrick Allen, Bernard Archard, Anthony Bate, Ralph Bates, Hywel Bennett, John Bennett, Brian Blessed, Michael Byrne, Anton Diffring, Denholm Elliott, Paul Freeman, Julian Glover,  Rutger Hauer, Bernard Hepton, Derek Jacobi, Martin Jarvis, Freddie Jones, Wolf Kahler, Jeremy Kemp, Michael Kitchen, James Laurenson, John McEnery, Lee Montague, George Sewell, Michael Sheard, Vladek Sheybal, Clifford Rose, Leonard Rossiter, Robert Stephens, Oliver  Tobias, David Warner, Simon Ward, Timothy West.
  3. Frank Finlay, Lifeforce, 1984.    The next search was for German actors  (hello, Anton Diffring!) or those who could play German. Result: 22 possibilities… First, encore for Abineri, Bernard Archard, Denholm Elliott,  Bernard Hepton, Freddie Jones, Clifford Rose, Leonard Rossiter, Robert Stephens.  Next?  John Bennett, Dirk Bogarde, Nigel Davenport, Michael Gough, Trevor Howard, Klaus Kinski, Hardy Kruger, Herbert Lom, James Mason (ah, Rommel!), Donald Pleasence, Maximilian Schell, Vladek Sheybal and even Max von Sydow - hey, an accent is an accent. All up for Dr Hans Fallada, an expert of - get this! - life after death…
  4. Aubrey Morris, Lifeforce, 1984.   Abineri was also listed for Sir Percy Heseltine...   among 26 others. First, and again: Bernard Archard, Denholm Elliott, Bernard Hepton, Freddie Jones, Clifford Rose, Leonard Rosstier, Robert Stephens.  Next: George Baker, Anthony Bate, Allan Cuthbertson, Derek Fowlds, Ronald Fraser, Michael Gough, Robert Hardy, Trevor Howard, Harold Innocent, Peter Jeffrey, Ronald Lacey, TP McKenna, John Savident, Richard Todd, Patrick Troughton, Timothy West, Richard Wilson, Frank Windsor.
  5. Jerome Willis, Lifeforce, 1984.   But when it came to The Pathologist and his grisly task of bodies with the life force sucked out of them (by Mathilda May), there were but four ideas: Abineri and Bernard Archard (of course!), plus John Carson and the winning Willis. And after all that… web critic Stephanie Scaife denounced it as  “completely batshit insane.”  Five years later, Londoner Abineri went up in  the world. The Godfather: Part III.

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