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Bill Pullman

 

  1. Mark Harmon, The Presido, 1988.  Lee Marvin and Jeff Bridges as two cops with a history  became  Sean Connery and Don Johnson and wound  up as Connery and Harmon...   Strange that so many - Pullman, Alec Baldwin, Michael Biehn, Jeff Bridges, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Richard Gere, Michael Keaton, Dolph Lundgren, Dennis Quaid, Kurt Russell, Patrick Swayze, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis… even rival biceps Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone - were contacted for the second banana rôle. And a bad one. Matching what Chicago critic Roger Ebert called “a clone, of a film assembled out of spare parts from… the cinematic junkyard.”
  2. Ed Harris, State of Grace, 1990.        Pullman wasn't working out for director Phil Joanou.   He sent for Harris,   recovering from his Abyss injuries - but exhilarated by the "talk" of the script.
  3. Bill Paxton, Boxing Helena, , 1992.
  4. Jason Alexander, Stranger Things, 1994.        Bill found the redeeming brother role too close to Sleepless In Seattle and Malice. Although Rob Reiner's Castle Rock team set out to protect Jason   as a   first-time director, they encouraged him to take over.   "I gotta be there anyway, so just slap on the hairpiece and let's go."   The character was not far removed   from his   George   on Seinfeld - "low self-esteem but eventually gets the girl and saves the day,   though he's a bumbler and a schmuck."
  5. William Hurt, Michael, 1996.         Tabloider goes to work on John Travolta as an angel - a saint. A boozehound, in fact.
  6. Eric Roberts, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996.      
  7. Lee Jones, Volcano, 1996.        “Lava? Right here in L.A?” The hero of the disaster movie was  first  offered to Pullman and Ed Harris.
  8. Sam Neill, Event Horizon, 1996.  The title warned us… In astrophysics, an event horizon is a boundary beyond which events cannot affect any observers. Exactly!  Pullman and Scottt Glenn veteoed being Dr William Weir aboard the spaceship Lewis and  Clark (!) on a rescue mission in director Paul WS Anderson’s The Shining in Space -  studio slashed from 130 (violent) mjnutes to 96.
  9. Dylan Baker, Happiness, 1998.     All singing from the same hymn sheet - “Compelling and interesting material but... I’m a father first and an actor second” - a dozen stars fled the therapist who was a pedophile in the bleakly controversial script by young New Jersey auteur Todd Solondz.
  10. Harry Hamlin, Harper’s Island, TV, 2009.        Stephen King meets Agatha Christie...From a 15-minute pilot to the real series, thewhodunnit lostexecs and actors, including Bill’s Uncle Marty, surrogate fatherto the bridegroom - whose wedding guests are getting knocked off on a lonely island,Ten Little Indians style, week by week).

 

 

 

 





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