- James Mason, Heaven Can Wait, 1977. Producer, star, co-director Warren Beatty (who refused almost as many films as Grant; including his Charade, 1963) offered Cary $1m to play Mr Jordan, God to his pals. Too late. Grant had retired. “It was time.” Before signing Mason, Beatty also failed to persuade the five times US Presidential candidate, Eugene McCarthy, to play God. He was free having retired from the Senate in 1970. But… thanks, Warren, but no thanks.
Usual occupation: US Presidential candidateBirth year: 1916Death year: 2005Other name: Casting Calls: 1