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CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE

Just Jack Nicholson

There are more than 8,000 actors detailed on this site. Some have passed a single movie. Others, many more. Then, there are the champs… Since launching CCC in 2008, Marlon Brando always topped this list. And year by year, discovery by discovery, Jack Nicholson, has been catching up. Well, he’s done it…!
He was always second to Brando’s total of 164 bypassed films. Until I unearthed four new passes - but only two for Marlon. But as I devour more books, columns and mails (thank you, fans!) etc, the count goes on.

1.Nicholson by-passed 168 films
2. Brando - 166
3. Cary Grant -147
3. Paul Newman - 147
5. Tom Cruise - 110

Highest Brit Sir Sean at 114.
Highest lady is Bette Davis, 90 items; Jodie Foster, 80;  Michelle Pfeiffer, 72; Meryl Streep, 70; Nicole Kidman, 69; Julie Christie and Liz Taylor are level at 67; Katharine Hepburn, 66; Debra Winger, 65.
Newer Brigade: Brad, 107; Johnny, 99; Julia, 64; Leo, 64; Jim Carrey, 62; Madonna, 61; Jennifer Aniston, 27; Jennifer Lawrence, 23.

(You'll find the full list at Champions in the Main Menu)

 

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“I consider myself on my last leg.” – Brad Pitt

“Elvis is kind of the original superhero. And I mean that he comes from dirt, and in a few blinding moments he rises so high, he finds his kryptonite, and also love. And then a beautiful, powerful tragedy ensues." – Baz Luhrmann

“I had no problems with Marilyn. Marilyn had problems with Marilyn.” – director John Huston.

Failure on Broadway is so complete, “that even the dogs in the street refused to wag their  tails at me.” – Franco Zeffirelli on New York’s Great White Way.

“Tom Cruise’s only true competition is himself. So, every time he goes into a movie, it’s not like he’s looking around to see if anyone else is trying to do the same thing - because nobody is.  [Laugh] It’s just about if he can top the last thing that he’s done - and he always does!” – Top Gun: Maverick star Lewis Pullman. He was Bob Floyd and is the son of Bill Pullman. 

“There already is something there between us, and you never know what’s going to happen… It’s more like two jazz players playing off each other. That’s how it feels.” John Turturro on Severance co-star Christopher Walken.

What does ‘the next Denzel’ mean? Does that mean there can only be one.  It doesn’t have to be one person.” – Denzel Washington.

“I don’t even know if [people] see me as John David yet. I’m still ‘Denzel’s son.’ I’m always his son.” – John David Washington.

“That role was an opportunity of a lifetime. And I got a chance to do it twice.” – Jared Leto on Hollywood’s Hamlet, The Joker.

“I wouldn’t describe Michael as my favourite, but he’s Michael Caine. An institution. And being an institution will always beat having range.” – Brian Cox in his memoirs, Putting the Rabbit into the Hat.

“I don’t do things to find out about myself.  I just like playing pretend.” – Ray Liotta,  RIP

“ A couple of my friends had seen  The Searchers. I was 10 years old and they were saying it was great, and my parents said: ‘No, we heard about it and you’re too young to see it.’  I remember going to the cookie jar and getting 50 cents out of the cookie jar, in dimes, and walking a mile and a half to the theatre. I got my ticket and I saw The Searchers. I never told my parents I had done that.” – Steven Spielberg. He didn’t tell John Wayne, either - he didn’t have time – because Duke was blazing mad at the young whippersnapper wanting  him to join (the terrible) 1941.  “How dare you [pause] offer me such an  [pause] unpatriotic script?” 

IRONIC MAN

Robert Downney Jr is in the Play Dirty waiting room


Long time quiet Robert Downey Jr – and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black  - are sure taking their time prepping their Play Dirty  take on the tough guy known  simply as Parker. He’s been up and down Hollywood’s means streets before.  Mel Gibson (remember him?) was pretty good in Payback, 1989. Our own Jason Statham was rather better – ironic! - in Parker, 2013. Naturally,  no one can come close to the guv’nor - Lee Marvin in John Boorman’s little marvel, Point Blank, 1967, based on The Hunter novel, by Donald  E Westlake, hiding out under the pseudonym of Richard Stark… official author of  24 Parker books.  Sounds more  like a series. Better Call Parker?

 

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THE BOND WOMAN

The original Bond-girl Ursula Andress hefts her conches
Happy birthday to ya! Hap-py birth-day! Not only to the ultimate screen spy, James Bond - 60 this year! -  but also, of course, the matrix for all Bond women, the sublime Ursula Andress… sauntering from the waves, warbling Underneath The Mango TreeUn-for-gettable!

She called Sean Connery a great man. “Today men like that just don't exist; they are all too narcissistic, too taken with themselves. Today finding someone like Sean is very difficult… The last time I saw him was in Switzerland. Sean had a house near me in Gstaad. We spent many evenings together and he’d invite me everywhere: Monte Carlo, London, New York. From when we met until now we always remained friends. Friends, friends. We lived some beautiful moments and I will always have fabulous memories. For me Sean is not dead, he will always be alive, with me forever”

As for the famous bikini, it fetched £41,125  at an auction in 2001. “It's a mystery.” said Urs.  “All I did was wear this bikini - not even a small one - and whoosh! Overnight, I made it.”

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“It’s been done right. I was quite young, but I still remember my father's energy and his vibe. And Austin [Butler],  he - what's the word? - he nailed it.  In my life, it's been one disappointment after another, in terms of people portraying my father.  Bless their hearts, I'm sure they meant well.' - Lisa Marie Presley, while praising the lavish Elvis.

“I’m not a superhero. They’re for billionaires, narcissists  - and adult orphans, for some reason.” Tatiana Maslany’s Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk: Attorney  at Law.

“It’s really hard for men and women to (make) movies. It’s harder for women. But women are tough, and it’s important to be tough when you are making films.” - French director Claire Denis

“When people say: What advice would you give to an actor? - I would say the first thing is…  don’t take advice from actors.” - Julia Roberts

“I didn’t know that I was auditioning for the role of Uhura until after . She was described as a bright, young prodigy who is deciding whether or not the place that she’s in is where she wants to be right now…  A lot of her story and mentality mirrored mine - in a different industry.” - Celia Rose Gooding on her  Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

“I’m an actress, so pain is a good thing. -  Sally Field.

“Sally is raw. Exposed. Brave as an actress. She is absolutely unafraid to turn herself inside out.” - Jane Fonda.

“It’s rather sweet and nice to be the first person of many who will play this character. It’s like Carmen. How many great sopranos have done Carmen? It’s silly to compare. We’re all wonderful in our differences.” - Julie Newmar, the first ,1966-1967, Catwoman in the old Batman TV series.

“He has an edge and a magnetism and a pure, sweet smile that surprises you.”- critic  Pauline Kael on Mickey Rourke… a long, very long, time ago. 

“I play some kind of a sea serpent or something.” - Julie Andrews on Aquaman.

“Chris builds everything; he constructs all the imagery piece by piece. He has this ability to make a film that involves complex thinking and yet make it entertaining and accessible.  Chris works very fast; time and energy are spent on all the right things there. There is nothing superfluous. It was humbling and collaborative and definitely made me stronger as an actor and probably as a person.” – Elizabeth Debicki on director Christopher Nolan.

“I think  Ozark, itself, is going to live forever…. it’s going to be one of those shows that will live in the canon of great TV from start to finish.  I would call it a think we built a world-building show. There’s a universe that’s been created.” - Elise Henderson, president of MRC, the combine looking for  a  Better Call Ozark?

LINNEY ON VILLAINY

Laura Linney - bad girl for life

 

Laura Linney has been talking (to Vanity Fair’s Derek Lawrence)  about Wendy Byrde, her outstanding bitch wolf   of the year in the late, lamented Ozark. “I think the audience likes to see her as a villain… They can hate that character as much as they want—and I understand why they do… her actions can be so reprehensible, so frustrating, so repulsive to people, ethically, that she’s easily labeled a villain. But, within the story, she’s… fighting to make it all okay. So it’s tremendous fun to play someone who’s liberated, and not held together, and not mature and impulsive. I’ll miss being able to explode like that.” 


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