Simon Baker


  1. Josh Brolin, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 2009.     Baker had all the flash for the role. But the handsome, if short, Australian star of thehit TV series, The Mentalist, had finally made his name – and won a $30m Warner contract in 2010! After having been, down-under, Simon Denny, and Simon Baker-Denny and even Simon Baker Denny (no hyphen) when joining compatriots Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce in Hollywood’s LA Confidential, 1996. Director Oliver Stone called back his George Bush star from W, 2008.
  2. Seth Meyers, New Year’s Eve, 2011.      One TV  star for another… The Mentalist lost director Garry Marshall’s kinda-sequel to his 2009 Valentine’s Day to the Saturday Night Live find.
  3. Jason Momoa, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2015.
  4. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Doctor Strange, 2015.    Marvel thinks big! Mads Mikkelsen and Gary Oldman were also talked of for Stephen Strange’s fellow student of The Ancient One, a certain Baron Karl Mordo A villain?  “A very complex character,” said Ejiofor, “I don’t think [he] can be nailed down either way.” Mikkelsen was compensated with… the real villain! As, finally, the portal opened to the supernatural side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  5. Jason Momoa, Aquaman, 2017.    Baker, Matt Damon, even Leo Di Caprio were in the swim over the years before Momoa was announced on October 15, 2014… for 2018 summer release.



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