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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)

 

He said title

“I’ve never done the same thing twice and how many people can say that? Some have bombed but who cares." – Tom Hanks, aka everyone from Forrest Gump to the manager of Elvis.

“I never saw the film. But my loved ones tell me it was a uniquely ghastly experience.” – Woody Allen on his 1975 Casino Royale.

“I swear a lot more than I’ve ever have in my life… I used to swear but not like Logan Roy. There’s also something liberating about swearing. I think he uses it as a  tool, a liberating tool.” –  Brian Cox.

“I’ve worked with Jack Nicholson … and other people…  they do nothingIt’s internalised. They just react. They listen and they react.” – Michael Douglas.

“Actors believing their hype can be a slippery slope. There are a lot of banana peels out there in that respect.” – David Strathairn

When director Robert Aldrich was literally on his deathbed - in and out of a coma – his actor pai Richard Jaeckel asked him if there was anything he can get him. And Aldrich said:  "Yeah, a good script."

“Dog eats dog does not do it justice. It’s velociraptor eats velociraptor.” – Rob Bryden on Hollywood.

“Mickey Rourke could break your heart with a look. The movie traveled to the moon every time he came onto the screen. Nobody could hold a candle to him. He was just there, didn’t have to say hello or good-bye.” – Bob Dylan on Homeboy. 

“I can hire anyone I like.” – Quentin Tarantino.

“My mother likes to say that I started directing when I was four or five … She tells these stories about how I would get everybody together and organise these shows.” – Paul Thomas Anderson, the Licorice Pizza guy.

“Superheroes aren’t just gods, even the ones that are gods.  They’re human. They’re broken. Just like us.” – Michael Waldron, Loki’s  Dad.

“The key to getting a Western right is don’t think of it as a Western.  A Western is really just a setting - treat it as modern  day.” –  Jeymes Samuel.

“I have surfed my manic depression since I was 11 years old. I enjoyed it and made it work for me.”  – Richard Dreyfuss.

"I would say I managed to have the career I started out wanting in the first place. I've been involved in some big, silly stuff; but also lots of important stuff.  I've been very lucky." – Ewan McGregor  

Finally, Jerry Seinfeld has a question for Darth Vader… “So, are you able to go anywhere without the music? If you get up in the middle of the night to pee, does it come blasting on, waking everybody up?  If you stop does the music stop?”

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This is the film that bred this site ... after Robert Redford told me he'd planned a little black-white version - with Robert De Niro, and Michael Moriarty as Woodstein.

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 said title

“He was explosive - he can convince you to buy a pair of shoes that are two sizes too big.” -  Regina King on British director Jeymes Samuel.

“I’m wilful… extremely impulsive.  I’m like a steamroller -  I just go forward.  Someone falls down in front of me, then I fall in love with him.” - Britt Ekland at 77.

“Playing it safe doesn’t necessarily get you anywhere. You have to take chances. especially if you’re a black woman. You have no choice.” -  Halle Berry.

“She knows when she’s got it or not, and you trust her because she’s Jane Campion.  When you work with someone epic like that, you just want to make them proud.” Kirsten Dunst on making Campion’s victory lap, The Power of the Dog.

“Acting roles take up less time, you know. Resurrection I shot in five weeks over the summer. “Directing a film takes a year or two years, or possibly even more.”

Rennaissance woman Rebecca Hall

“You do all that as a writer, and then you do all that, again, as a director when you’re working out how to capture and film that. But [directing] also combines music and composition and image, and I’ve always painted and I’ve always played music and, you know, all of these things combined - word, music, image - are all the things that I’ve ever cared about. I’m more me when I’m directing than anything else.” - Rebecca Hall, a director’s director-daughter (and spiffing actress).

"If you think I made poor pictures after A Woman's Face, you should see the ones I went on suspension not  to make!"
- Joan Crawford.

“He’s the most humble guy. He’s got that perfect career where he gets to do what he loves, and he gets to do it with impeccable form. And then, he can disappear… go off and live his life. He’s not bothered, he lives out in Ireland, and he has the perfect balance. He’s not on social media… So, I think when he goes back into the world, like when he comes into London or New York and there’s a frenzy around him, I don’t think it quite marries the headspace that he’s in. He kind of does it and then walks away from it.“ - Annabelle Wallis on Peaky Blinder co-star Cillian Murphy.

“I don’t want to be a French actress. I want to be an actress.”  - Léa Seydoux

"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. 

 “You guys might be like ‘Why is Rebel Wilson hosting the BAFTAs?’ I come from the bush, but if you think about it don’t we all,”? - Rebel Wilson during her London gig.

“Michael moves at a very quiet 100 miles per hour. He’s excited, and it’s not manic. He’s got this wry smile, things are good. And it’s infectious. You start waking up around him.” – Amy Ryan on Michael Keaton.

I always wanted to be an actress. My mother told me to get a job as an elevator operator – because Dorothy Lamour was discovered that way.” – the great Sally “Hot Lips” Kellerman: RIP, 1937-2020.

"Julia throws herself into her work with an abandon. She doesn't even remember what she's done after they yell Cut!  You can see her face morph in ways that you cannot do if you're self-conscious. She sticks her finger right into the socket." – Laura Linney on her Ozark co-star, Julia Garner.


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