Jim Morrison


  1. Tom Baker, I, A Man, 1967.       Morrison agreed to co-star with Nico (of the Velvet Underground band) in an Andy Warhol movie called Fuck. Jim’s manager went bananas and they sent a pal to to take the role. The resulting boredom was re-named and Fuck was reserved for a ’68 Factory movie with Warhol superstars Viva and Louis Waldon, later known as Blue Movie. Also in this parody of Mac Ahlberg’s 1965 Danish-Swedish erotica, I, A Woman, was a certain Valerie Solanis, the founder of SCUM, Society for Cutting Up Men, who shot Warhol close to death on June 3, 1968. He recovered; she spent three years in an Institute for the Criminally Insane, dying in obscurity in 1988. PS from Chicago critic Roger Ebert: “Warhol is not making movies. [This] is not a movie. It is… a very long and pointless home movie… You can’t understand most of the dialogue, which is apparently the idea and may even be an act of mercy.”

  2. Al Pacino, Panic in Needle Park, 1970.   
    When producer Dominick Dunne obtained the rights, he hired his brother and sister-in-law, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion, to tackle the adaptation.  Which is why they visited The Doors group, during the recording of Waiting For The Sun album at the Two Terrible Guys Studio(!)  – to check  out Morrison, an early suggestion fo the heroin addict Bobby… He sure fit the bill.  He was late, belligerent, drugged, debauched, incommunicative and ready to set his gloried crotch on fire with a match. Director Jerry Schatzberg had seen Pacino in The Indian Wants the Bronx. The suits wanted Robert De Niro but Al won the role but  not the trip to the Cannes festival. He was already into his second film. The Godfather.

  3. Rod Taylor, The Deadly Trackers, 1972.      Or, Riata (Spanish for lariat) when maverick auteur Samuel Fuller was making it for Warners. Sam and studio fell out… Fuller first wanted Mick Jagger as the bank robbing killer in this retribution parable: I Shot Jesse James Meets Underworld USA.   Morrison was keen.  Sammy, his father figure, was not.  His refusal broke up a beautiful friendship. Of Jagger, the Warner suits said: “Who’d go see that guy in a movie?”  Rather more than paid to see Taylor and sheriff Richard Harris sleepwalking in the West for Fuller’s replacement Barry Shear – from 65 TV shows. “They COMPLETELY LOBOTOMISED my story,” yelled Sam in his usual CAPITALS, “yet left myname on that PIECE OF GARBAGE as a co-writer.”
  4. Charlie Sheen,  Platoon, 1986.  .

 Birth year: 1943Death year: 1971Other name: Usual occupation: SingerCasting Calls:  4