Jason Alexander

  1. Bruno Kirby, City Slickers, 1990.   Facing 40, three Manhattan dudes book into a dude ranch and join a cattle drive and… a perfect comedy!  Kirby, Jason Alexander, Buddy Hackett, Bill Murray, Ray Romano were in the frame for  Ed Furillo… while  Robin Williams  was offered his choice of  the trio but was Hook-ed by Steven Spielberg. Jack Palance stole the movie and Oscarnight – winning a support award 38 years after his only nomination (for the Shane gunman). He celebrated with one-arm push-ups on the Academy stage – and the 1993 sequel.

  2. Oliver Platt, Indecent Proposal, 1992.   Scenarist Amy Holden Jones wanted Alexander as the lawyer of Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore. UK director Adrian Lyne did not agree. He wuz right. Jason was far too famous – loved! – as Seinfeld’s pal, George Costanza, to play anyone else. For a  long while.

  3. David Alan Grier, McHale’s Navy, 1996.  Alexander passsed – easily  – on becoming Ensign Charles Parker, He did bnot think the scripyt (of a film version of the 1962-1966  TV series) was up to snuff.  Well, of course not.  He was more used to being part of the weekly perfection called Seinfeld.

  4. Wayne Knight, Rat Race, 2001.     We must be in  Seinfeld  country… as Newman substitutes for George Costanza.
  5. James Cromwell, Big Hero 6, 2014.    Six super heroes. So they naturally require one super-nemesis. Who better than (the masked) Robert Callaghan, head of a robotics at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. The voicing gig for Disney’s first Marvel subject –  after The Big Buy-Out but before Kevin Feige created the  Marvelverse, and  winning the best animation Oscar – was aimed at Jason Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Jeff Bridges, Jim Carrey, Danny De Vito, John Goodman, Dustin Hoffman, Bob Hoskins, Michael Keaton, John Malkovich, Eddie Murphy, Jack  Nicholson, Gary Oldman, Joe Pesci, JK Simmons, Jeffrey Tambor….plus the great  Gilbert Gottfried, putting the rest to shame by scoring 179 screen roles in 41 years!   They all made way for Cromwell. Ten years earlier, he had created the I, Robot called Sonny, played by Alan Tudyk… here playing Cromwell’s arch rival, Alistair Krei. 


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