1. Val Kilmer, The Doors, 1991.  During the 20-year convoluted struggle to put Jim Morrison’s short, empty life on film, Charlie Sheen contacted Jerry Hopkins, co-writer of the leading source book, No One Gets  Out of Here Alive, to set up a movie starring the Irish U2 rocker.  Seven producers and $2m of development  hell later, Oliver Stone selected Kilmer after seeing Willow, 1989.  Production was then delayed by the director’s (thankfully thwarted) efforts to  make Evita.
  2. Dolph Lundgren, Johnny Mnemonic, 1994.  A year earlier when Johnny was to be Christophe(r) Lambert, Bono was talking about supervising the soundtrack – and playing a role.
  3. Glenn Plummer, Strange Days, 1995.  He passed on the futuristic singer and politico.  Too close to home.
  4. Eric Stolz, Rob Roy, 1995.  An early suggestion as Alan MacDonald.


 Birth year: Death year: Other name: Paul David HewsonUsual occupation: SingerCasting Calls:  4