Derek De Lint


  1. Ruter Hauer, Soldaat van Oranje/Soldier of Orange, Netherlands-Belgium, 1977.        “I actually hoped to play the leading rôle, ” De Lint told Leo Verswijver at FilmTalk,org in 2016. “I looked just like the character. [Director] Paul Verhoeven said: ‘That’s him, that’s our leading man!’ But I was still a rookie. Also, I had no formal education as an actor.” He got the lesser rôle of Alex and found the film opened many LA doors in the 70s/80s. “Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman, Sam Peckinpah, Stanley Kubrick, they’d all seen the film.” And in 2006, De Lint played a role first offered to Hauer in Verhoeven’s Zwartboek/Black Book.

  2. Daniel Day Lewis, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1987.       “The same thing happened,” he told Leo Verswijver’s He won a support role instead of the lead… “Director Philip Kaufman and producer Saul Zaentz wanted me to play the leading role of Thomas – a great rôle! But they had to choose between Daniel Day-Lewis and me! [Laugh]. By then, he had finished My Beautiful Laundrette and A Room With a View and I had finished Bastille – also a very good picture. But no competition to his work.”

  3. Adrian Paul, Highlander, TV, 1992-1998.      Immortals never die, just wind up on TV… The Dutch actor changed his mind about the series after winnin bg the new hero, Duncan MacLeod – found by Connor in a bog in the aftermath of the battle of Glen Fruin in 1625. Next candiates were Gary Daniels, Geraint Wyn Davies, Anthony De Longis, Alexis Denisof, James Horan, Marc Singer and the winning, Connery-looking Paul. De Lint went on into Poltergeist: The Legacy, TV, 1996-1999 – with Martin Cummins, who had auditioned for Highlander’s Richie Ryan.

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