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William Baldwin


  1. Brad Pitt, Thelma & Louise, 1990.
  2. Keanu Reeves, Dracula, 1992.    “Since Backdraft, I turned down about  25  films - 90% being bad material.  I even had to refuse Coppola. Who could see me in the role of Lucy's boyfriend? What could I do with it?  Make a bundle!  But that's not what it's all about.”  Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen and Christian Slater were also up for mild-mannered Jonahan Harker. Slater famously fled, opining: “If you’re not going to play Dracula in Dracula, why bother? I'd already been Robin Hood's brother.”
  3. Roger  E Mosley, Unlawful Entry, 1992.   “Not only has this movie been done - but I've done it!  Ray Liotta is the crazy cop Richard Gere character in Internal Affairs and my cop has a very similar relationship as I had with Gere in that film.  The only way I'd do it - and I'd be very cautious and reluctant - is to play Liotta's role. Obviously, they're not going to jolt Ray Liotta for me.”
  4. Woody Harrelson, Indecent Proposal, 1992.    Baldwin, John Cusack, Johnny Depp, Val Kilmer, Charlie Sheen… None of them had Harrelson’s guts to accept the role of a husband selling his wife for $1m to a zillionaire for one night. (He’d even walked out of Benny & Joon to play David – costing Paramoiunt $400,000). Didn’t matter which lady played the missus - Irene Jacob, Andi MacDowell, Sophie Marceau, Demi Moore, Julia Roberts - the film had a fatal flaw. Mr Money Bags was Robert Redford. ’Nuff said? 
  5. Keanu Reeves, Speed, 1993. There were 30 stars queuing for Die Hard On A Bus. From A Listers Jeff Bridges, Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Patrick Swayze, even Mr Die Hard, himself, Bruce Willis… to the B group: Kevin Bacon, three Baldwin brothers (Alec, Stephen and William), Michael Biehn, Bruce Campbell, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Richard Dreyfuss, Michael Keaton, Christophe(r) Lambert, Viggo Mortensen, Dennis Quaid, Mickey Rourke, Tom Selleck… and two also-rans Bruce Campbell and Chuck Norris. All crushed by a whippersnapper!
  6. Christian Slater, Untamed Heart, 1993.    Madonna wanted to make it with Jason Patric (no comment), and fled when  Baldwin was pencilled in.  Not for long.
  7. Tom Hanks, Philadelphia, 1993.  Jonathan Demme’s  brave film was about a lawyer suing for loss of job because he had AIDS.  When Daniel skipped to make The Name of the Father and Michael Keaton preferred dying (of cancer) in My Life, Demme called on William Baldwin, Andy Garcia, Tim Robbins - even gay porn star Jerry Kelly - before Hanks lost 26lbs to be the dying Andrew Beckett… and win the first of his consecutive Best Actor Oscars. 
  8. Chris O'Donnell, The Three Musketeers, 1993.    Chased for D'Artagnan by the Tri-Star version eventually buried by Disney's  faster casting.
  9. Woody Harrelson, Indecent Proposal, 1993.    No suspense. Due to his screen image, everyone knew Billy would have little hesitation in  selling his wife for a night to Robert Redford's zillionaire  for a $1m!
  10. Ralph Fiennes, Quiz Show, 1993.  “They gave me the answers...” Harold Becker was booked to direct Richard Dreyfuss. Then, Steven Soderbergh would helm Tim Robbins. Ultimately, another  director, by the name of Robert Redford, auditioned Baldwin (ancd Tim Robbins)  before going British Fiennes as  Charles Van Doren - the scandalous cheat on the Twenty-One TV game show,  in the staid 50s when Eisenhower was president and all was hunky dory. Redford said the scandal  marked  the end of American innocence. Really? Suerly two worlds wars and the KKK had done that… Dreyfuss was set as Herb Stempel, who deliberately lost to Van Doren (to boost NBC ratings) and blew the whistle on the constantly rigged answers.. No one believed  him, nor wanted to. Until a probe by future JFK speechwriter Dick Goodwin. Watching the show at 22, Redford was always convinced Van Doren was acting.

  11. Brad Pitt, Interview  With  A Vampire, 1994.
  12. Richard  Gere, First Knight, 1995.    Jerry Zucker’s first Lancelot before script hassles postponed the song-less Camelot for a year.
  13. Patrick Swayze, To Wong Fu Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar, 1995.   Billy in a frock - oh, please!
  14. Jay Mohr, Picture Perfect, 1997.   Jennifer Aniston’s first post-Friends movie and she was seriously displeased that Mohr was chosen over her then lover, Donovan.  The first day of shooting was one long tirade from her. “Six guys they screen-test! Six... The one fucking guy I hate, that's the guy they hire. Him!"  The testees escaping her wrath were Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, John Corbett, Tate Donovan and Jon Stewart.
  15. Emilio Estevez, Rated X, TV, 1999.    When Sean Penn’s version of the life of the porno-making Mitchell brothers collapsed - starring Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson - the Baldwin boys Alex and William, tried to get it rolling anew.
  16. Jared Leto, The Thin Red Line, 1998.   After various readings inMarch 1995 of director Terrence Malik’s first script for 17 years (with Kevin Costner, Johnny Depp, Martin Sheen, Will Patton, etc) at producer Mike Medavoy’s house, the two film-makers saw other youngsters.Including Baldwin.
  17. Dominic Colenso, Thunderbirds, 2004.     The (once puppet) heroes of the 1965-1966 UK sf series, were named after the Mercury 7 astronauts. William was to be Virgil Tracy, the Thunderbird 2 pilot, born 2041, named for Virgil Gus Grissom. With brothers Alec, Daniel, Stephen as Scott, John, Gordon. And no one as Alan Tracy!



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