Payday Loans
Gregory Hines (1946-2003)

  1. Eddie Murphy, 48 Hrs, 1981.      Clint Eastwood was keen, then decided to go to jail, instead, and Escape From Alcatraz, 1979. Director Walter Hill also split - for The Long Riders and Southern Comfort. He then tried Richard Pryor - “the story was preposterous; why not make it kind of humorous?” 
He was unavailable. As was Hines, Howartd E Rollins Jr and a young Denzel Washington. And so Murphy made his debut. Two weeks late due to Saturday Night Live. ”He came in absolutely cold... a seasoned performer but not a trained film actor. It’s one of the few times I’ve been sorry I didn’t rehearse.” Despite Paramount studio chief Michael Eisner trying to fire Eddie after three weeks!  Take: $60m. Murphy's salary: $200,000.  But $7m for the sequel. And top billing!
  2. Ernie Hudson, Ghostbusters, 1983.   The paranormal was, said Dan Aykord, his family’s business. That and having stayed in a house haunted by Mama Cass Elliott inspired his dark, futuristic update of such 40s’ comedies as Bob Hope’s Ghost Breakers and the Bowery Boys as Ghost Chasers -  penned for John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and himself. Dan was actually writing a line for John when hearing about his shock death.. (He said  Slimer was John‘s ghost). Murphy was busy  - policing Beverly Hills. “I wasn’t available because I did this other movie.”   Director Ivan Reitman denied that Gregory Hines was considered for Winston Zeddemore - although he probably never knew who Aykroyd was thinking of before his dark, futuristic script went through  multi-rewrites.
  3. Eric Roberts, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996. 


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