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Joe Don Baker

  1. William Devane,  Rolling Thunder, 1977.    Among Quentin Tarantino's favourite movies:  “There were a lot of folks trying out for the role of Major Charles Rane. Joe Don Baker was considered. Even David Carradine, but it was fate that landed William Devane in what is the best role of his career.”
  2. Stubby Kaye, Doctor Who #146: Delta and The Bannermen, TV, 1987.    Not so surprising that the burly Hollywood character player should be offered a Whoverse shot.   Baker had, after all, won some of his more memorable roles in the UK. (The BBC’s thriller serial, Edge of Darkness, 1985, and three Bond films: Timothy Dalton’s debut, Living Daylights, 1986, Pierce Brosnan’s debut, GoldenEye, 1994, plus his Tomorow Never Dies, 1997). While some Whovians strongly objected to UK comic Ken Dodd being chosen for The Tollmaster, there was not a murmur about hiring the US comic for Weismuller (!). That, apparently, was oh-Kaye.
  3. Donald Sutherland, Outbreak, 1995.    Dustin Hoffman and Wolfgang Petersen were not pleased with Baker's redneck take on his pivotal Army officer. “We wanted a more complex, Oliver North type.”  Or... Sutherland. “He costs too much,” moaned producer Arnold Kopelson.  He  sent 45 minutes of footage to the Warners chairman.  And Sutherland was in.  Immediately.

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