Rupert Everett ( -?)
- Christophe(r) Lambert, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, 1984. Difficult to believe that UK director Hugh Hudson could have even considered theslim-line, gay flavour of the hour in Another Country as the ape-man! But then Hudson chose Lambert!And Pacino for Revolution! (Lambert nearly quit because he didn’t wish to be separated for so long from his then Paris lover, Nathalie Baye).
- Gary Oldman, Sid and Nancy,1986. An earlier versionhad Rupertoppposite Madonna as Nancy!
- Daniel Day-Lewis, A Room With A View, 1986. With My Beautiful Laundrette out as well, this was Daniel’s breakthrough year.
- Richard White, Beauty and the Beast, 1990. The Brit was told he was not arrogant enough for Gaston in Disney’s 30th toon feature. Idem for Donny Osmond, Patrick Swayze. But Everett remembered the comments, which is how he won Prince Charming in Shrek 2, 2003.
- Gary Oldman, Bram Stoker's Dracula, 1992. Director Francis Coppola decided to make the old legend "younger, very erotic, very romantic and very horrific." Losing his favourites - Jeremy Irons, Daniel Day-Lewis - Francey looked at everyone else, mainly during auditions at his Napa Valley estate… Everett, Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas, Nicolas Cage, Nick Cassavetes, Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia, Hugh Grant, Ray Liotta, Kyle MacLachlan, Costas Mandylor, Viggo Mortensen, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Nouri (a long way from Flashdance), Adrian Pasdar, Jason Patric, Aiden Quinn, Keanu Reeves, Alan Rickman, Christian Slater and Sting.
- Hugo Weaving, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Australia, 1994. A bit obvious...Hugo proved a real surprise.
- David Ogden Stiers, Pocahontas, 1994. Six Brits v two Yanks to voice Governor Ratcliffe. They were: Everett, Brian Blessed, Brian Cox, Stephen Fry, and a couple of sf icons: Norman (Red Dwarf) Lovett and Star Trek’s Patrick Stewart… v Stiers and Richard White. Finally, DOS played not only Ratcliffe but his manservant, Wiggins. Like Michael Caine playing Batman and Alfred!
- Robin Williams, Jumanji, 1995. Two kids find a jungle board game with magic powers unleashing grotesque animalia and some poor sap trapped inside the game since playing it as a tot. Williams lapped it up after Dan Aykroyd, Sean Connery, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton, Kevin Kline, Bill Paxton, Kurt Russell, Arnold Schwarzenegger fled the incoherent script. Jumanji, incidentally, is Zulu for “many effects.” And how
- Paul McGann, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996.
- Billy Zane,Titanic, 1996.
- Angus Macfadyen, Cradle Will Rock, 1999. Orson Welles was no longer around to rewrite the (Tim Robbins) script, as he done Ring Lardner Jnr’sin 1984, whenRocking The Cradle his celebrated 1937 stage production of the trades union musical… when Welles died on October 10 in the Hollywood that killed him years before. Everett was to be Welles at 21 (with Amy Irving as his pregnant first wife, Virginia Nicholson. Chicago critic Roger Ebert was among the many who felt Macfadyen didn’t look or sound much like the often obnoxious and drunken portrait. Ebert added that Robbins would have been an ideal Welles. Tim had, in fact, toyed with the idea but was busy enough writer-directing.
- Richard Gere, Chicago, 2002.
- Jason Isaacs, Peter Pan, 2002. From the outset, PJ Hogan saw his Best Friend's Wedding scene-stealer as Captain Hook... although Gary Oldman and Alan Rickman were also talked of and to. Sounds like another of the Harry Potter auditions. Except Oldman and Rickman were already aboard and, soon enough, Isaacs as well.
- George Clooney,Intolerable Cruelty, 2003. The (stupid) 1999 idea was to repeat the team from My Best Friend'sWedding - Julia Roberts and Everett.
- David Morrissey, Basic Instinct 2, 2005. Once the original, Canadian director David Cronenberg agreed withSharon Stone about casting Rupert, “all hell broke loose.” MGM chief Chris McGurk called him a“pervert who would never be accepted by the American public in this role.” Sharon never gave in. “I can't believe what’s happening. I’m with my pastor and we agree that we can close the movie down if that's what you want”! (“I let myself down,” said Morrissey. “When it came out… I didn’t want to leave the house.It was a very bruising experience").