Armand Assante

  1. Peter Weller, RoboCop, 1986.  The cop as a machine – “the future of law enforcement.”   Blade Runner bred the idea. Actors galore came and went: Armand Assante, Tom Berenger, Dale Dye (Hollwood’s favourite military adviser on Vietnam war films),  expert cor his Vientam trilogy), aru ex[et fotf Platoons,  etc ) Peter Fonda (“Here I am!” “No, you’re not!”), Rutger Hauer, Lance Henriksen (when Weller complained about the suit), Michael Ironside (first choice), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone. Most were too big for the suit, (seven of them), too bulky to fit into a police car! Every studio in town laughed at the concept. Even the short-tempered Dutch director Paul Verhoeven first thought it a dumb actioner. (Read it again, said his missus).  Orion took a chance on it (and his Hollywood debut), ending up with two sequels, four more as movie-length TV series episodes,  two cartoon shows, various comic books…  and a $1bn-plus from toys and figurines alone. Ken Russell said it was the greatest science-fiction film  since Metropolis in 1927. Ken was always over then top.

  2. Gary Oldman, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992.     With fellow Mambo King Antonio Banderas, Assante joined the Drac auditions (mainly at Francis Coppola’s Nappa Valley estate). Losing his favourites – Jeremy Irons, Daniel Day-Lewis – Francey looked at everyone else… Nick Cassavetes, Nicolas Cage, 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.

  3. Eric Roberts, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996.   


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