Jeremy Piven

  1. Ralph Fiennes, Red Dragon, 2002. Auditioned for the highly tattooed serial killer Francis Dolarhyde. In good company. Paul Bettany, Nic Cage and Sean Penn were also considered.
  2. Brendan Fraser, Furry Vengeance, 2009.  Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Bryan Cranston, Will Ferrell, even down-market Jeremy Piven walked away from the alleged “comedy”.  As dumb as Fraser’s earlier George of the Jungle.  (They helped ruin his A List career).  Not much of a comeback for Brooke Shield, either – as his wife. USA Today critic Claudia Puig did not mince her words. “A slapstick stinker, easily the worst movie of the year…  a slight to true environmentalists and, heck, even an affront to animals.” Fraser is ashamed of the  film.
  3. Ashton Kutcher, Two And A Half Men, TV, 2011-2015. Highest paid comedy TV star Charlie Sheen was sacked after eight years due to his meltdown feud with the show’s co-creator Chuck Lorre – massive news on TV, Twitter, Facebook, every media known to man, plus Sheen’s own national tour. Unless he could find a someone to be excited about, Lorre wasn’t sure if he wanted to continue Men – he already had two other hits, Mike & Molly and The Big Bang Theory. Suggestions included Piven, Hugh Grant, Woody Harrelson, Rob Lowe, John Stamos. Enter: Kutcher, star of That ’70s Show. He already had a Warner deal via his Katalyst company – and so, the studio’s billion dollar syndication income was secured. Because that’s all this casting call was all about. Money.




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