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Bryan Brown

  1. Colin Friels, Kangeroo, Australia 1986. First thought casting for the DH Lawrence tale: local heroes Brown and Olivia Newton John.
  2. Mel Gibson, Lethal Weapon, 1986.      In all, 39 possibilities for the off-kilter, ’Nam vet cop Martin Riggs - not as mentally-deranged as in early drafts (he used a rocket launcher on one guy!) Some ideas were inevitable: Alec Baldwin, Michael Biehn (shooting Aliens), Jeff Bridges, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Al Pacino, Sean Penn, William Petersen, Dennis Quaid, Christopher Reeve, Kurt Russell, Charlie Sheen, Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta, Bruce Willis. Some were inspired: , Bryan Brown, Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum (he inherited Gibson’s role in The Fly), William Hurt (too dark for Warner Bros), Michael Keaton, Michael Madsen, Liam Neeson, Eric Roberts. Some were insipid: Jim Belushi, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costner, Kevin Kline, Stephen Lang, Michael Nouri (he joined another cop duo in The Hidden), Patrick Swayze. Plus TV cops  Don Johnson, Tom Selleck… three foreign LA cops: Austrian Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dutch Rutger Hauer and French Christophe(r) Lambert. And the inevitable (Aussie) outsider Richard Norton.
  3. Will Patton, No Way Out, 1986.  For his excellent thriller (labyrinthine and ingenious, said Roger Ebert) the under-praised Aussie director Roger Donaldson looked at his fellow Aussies Bryan Brown and Colin Friels for the villain Gene Hackman’s aide.  Plus Alec Baldwin, Michael Biehn,  Richard Dreyfuss, Scott Glenn, John Heard, Stephen Lang, Gary Oldman, Ron Perlman, Sam Shepard, James Spader, JT Walsh.
  4. Timothy Dalton, The Living Daylights, 1987.
  5. Roger Moore, Shaka Zulu - The Citadel, 1997. Thirty-three later - the Zulu sequel
  6. Barry Humphries, Finding Nemo, 2002.   The name of the great white shark was obvious. Bruce. After the Jaws shark. And the cliché name of Australian guys – and all 15 contenders were Aussies. From the stars like Brown, Humphries, Paul Hogan, Comedy Company players Kim Gyngell, Russell Gilbert, Mark Mitchell and Melbourne TV host Bert Newton to lesser known mortals: Jamie Dunn, Ross Higgins, John Jarratt, Ray Meagher, Peter Moon, Glenn Robbins and Michael Veitch.

 





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