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Marlon Brando

There are 7,769 actors detailed on the CCC website. Some have missed a single film. Others, many more. Then, there are the champions. Like these … and look how Nicholson is closing in on Brando's top total … now that I found I'd had the same film twice in Marlon's page. (Exciting huh?!)

1. Brando - bypassed 158 movies 
2. Nicholson - 153 
3. Cary Grant -142 
4. Paul Newman - 138
5. Robert De Niro- 122

Highest Brit remains Sir Sean at 105.
Highest lady is Bette Davis, 85 items; Jodie Foster, 74; Liz Taylor, 68; Katharine Hepburn, Meryl Streep, 66;Julie Christie, Michelle Pfeiffer, 64.
Newer Brigade: Tom, 118; Brad, 96; Johnny, 91; Julia, 61; Nicole Kidman, 63; Leo, 60; Jim Carrey, Madonna, 56.

(You'll find the full list at Champions in the Main Menu)



Asked if she'd work with Woody Allen again (impossible as, sadly, no one is backing his art anymore), Frida Pinto said: "Absolutely not. I wouldn't work with him because I'm in solidarity with women who have come out with their stories, whether they are proven or not." Incredible!

"I don't know if I want to work for Disney." Dave Bautista. A real hero (so far)

"This is my first priest… I'm ticking the boxes. Cowboy - check. Politician - check. Lawyer - check. I've basically spent my career working my way through The Village People."Rob Lowe on roles

"I actually played Santa once. It was a voice for an animated film. I got fired. I don't think people bought me as Santa." John Malkovich

"What is the most important lesson life has taught me? You are never first choice." Zoe Wanamaker

"I'm nothing but compost most of the time." Bill Murray

"Breasts and bottoms look boringly alike." Lee Remick

"What Audrey Hepburn had, you couldn't teach, you couldn't even learn it. God kissed her on the cheek and there she was." Billy Wilder

"IF I had stayed in Hollywood, I would have killed myself. Or someone would have done it for me." Piper Laurie

"IF it's a sonuvabitch, give it to Bogart." Director Vincent Sherman

"IF you think I made poor pictures after A Woman's Face, you should see the ones I went on suspension not to make!" Joan Crawford

"Wherever I look, I find parts that are reminiscent of Luke or Hud or Fast Eddie. Christ, I've played those parts once and parts of them more than once. It's not only dangerous to repeat yourself, it's godamned tiresome." Paul Newman

"I'm totally the opposite. I'm a gardener, I rescue dogs ..." Udo Keir

Albert Finney
“Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m  not.” - Albert Finney
. So, OK, won’t  say another word, Albie. Simply a heartfelt RIP.


Move aside, Avengers ... It’s been a long wait - it's Marvel's 21st feature - but Captain Marvel is doing for women what Black Panther did so stupendously for African-Americans. To underline the point, the film opened (hugely) on March 8. International Women's Day.
Who could best portray the super USAF pilot? There were rumours galore, mainly about Emily Blunt, Natalie Dormer, Rebecca Ferguson, Bryce Dallas Howard, wrestler Ronda Rousey, Battlestar Galactica's memorable Katee Sackoff, the Handmaid's Tale's Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Wilde, The Vikings' Katheryn Winnick. Then, Brie Larson made a film called Room and won an award called Oscar. That settled it. She was, said Marvel chief Kevin Feige, "someone human and relatable enough to counterbalance Captain Marvel’s massive powers." Besides, Feige loves Oscar winners, signing up 18 so far - Cate Blanchett, Michael Douglas, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, among them.
Also considered : Tilda Swinton, Doctor Strange's Ancient One, and part of Avengers 4 in April. Captain Marvel knocks them into a frazzle! She’s Marvel’s most powerful hero since arriving in the Marvel Super-Heroes comic #12 December 1967 … as a man! Well, a Kree alien warrior called Mar-Vell, hiding out in the identity of dead scientist Walter Lawson. (Jude Law has the double rôle, after Keanu Reeves passed). He works with Captain Carol Danvers. An explosion fuses her with his extraordinary powers (time travel included, as revealed by a slip of Sam Jackson’s tongue). Her mission? To stop Earth’s invasion by the shape shifting Skrulls.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is now The Marvel Cinematic Unidiverse. Kevin Feig is not only making an enviable run of mighty winners but following the Disney rule of checking all the diversity boxes. Next up is the Asian Shang-Chi (his enemy is ... Dad! Aka The Devil’s Doctor) ... and "definitely, sort of, in the works" (Feige told the BBC) Ms Marvel, a Muslim teen Kamala Khan, inspired, of course, by Carol Danvers.

What Price Hollywood

Black Panther opened the way

  A Star is Born 1936

Carol Danvers aka Capt Marvel

  A Star is Born 1953

very Bruce Lee

  A Star is Born 1976

Kamala Khan aka Ms Marvel



Macaulay is Home AloneRemember how Macaulay Culkin was left Home Alone in 1990 - when his folks forgot to take him on their Paris holiday? For this pair of zeroes (in a script written for and duly stolen by Mac), an astonishing 66 stars were considered! Including 32 later seen for the hot lovers in Basic Instinct! Kim Basinger, Kevin Costner, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Douglas, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Linda Hamilton, Daryl Hannah, Jessica Lange, Christopher Lloyd, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, John Travolta, etc. Among other potential parents were Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, even Arnold Schwarzenegger - to be wed to Kelly McGillis, Bette Midler, Ally Sheedy or Debra Winger … So who’d make the best couple for you?


A young Samuel L Jackson
Sam Jackson has never looked better. Or, not since 1997 … He (obviously) pops up in Captain Marvel because it’s a great prequel tale for his alter ego, Nick Fury. (Idem for Phil Coulson, Korath the Pursuer and Ronan the Accuser). Captain Marvel is Fury’s first superpowered entity. And the inspiration, in fact, for The Avengers and SHIELD to come. The wondrous action is set in 1995, so Jackson had to look 20 years younger. Like his own son! This was achieved by Lola VFX combine, based on how he looked in the '97 Kevin Spacey film, The Negotiator. (Clark Gregg’s Coulson is also “aged down”) - as has previously  happened to Robert Downey Jr, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell in the Marvelverse. This should have ended Sam’s nine picture Marvel gig ... except he just ain't leaving. He's back again in July in Spider-Man: Far From Home.


Judy is Renee ZellweggerEarly art on the new Judy Garland movie - Judy, what else? - from the BBC among other combines. The script takes place during her London concerts in the winter of 1968, when she fell for disc jockey Mickey Deans. Never knew why (maybe I knew her publicist) but I received an invite to their wedding in March '69. I passed (didn’t know either of them) and made some tasteless comment about being there for the divorce. She was dead three months later… Rufus Sewell plays her ex-husband, Sid Luft, and Finn Wittrock is Deans. Judy’s daughters, Liza and Lorna, are also portrayed - as is, of all people, skiffle star Lonnie Donegan! It’s all as big a shock as the first picture I ran here of Gary Oldman as Churchill … as Judy is none other than Bridget Jones - Renée Zellweger. Astonishing



Twenty years before Benicio Del Toro and Johnny Depp and made Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1997, it had been a done deal for Marlon Brando as Dr Gonzo and Jack Nicholson as Hunter S Thompson. "Tell you what," said Depp, "I'd have watched that movie. I'd still be watching it. Nonstop. God, that would have been amazing!" He was forgetting their lamentable Missouri Breaks, 1976. About as rotten as Depp’s Thompson take. Brando once asked Depp how many movies he made in a year? "Last year, I think I did three." Said Brando: "Don’t do too many ... We only have so many faces in our pockets."

Still working my way through all my Yuletide books, The surprise is Frank Langella’s Dropped Names - "famous men and women as I knew them." All 67 of them. From Roger Vadim’s "devotion to physical pleasure" to Liz Taylor’s - "Come on up, baby, and put me to sleep." His name dropping is quadrupled, if not more so, by Eric Idle’s spiffing ”sortabiography,” called, what else but Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. Lovely tales of the Pythons, Robin Williams and Idle’s great friendship with George Harrison. At one point they compare their respective Johns. Make of what you will. (Not finished it yet. Never rush pleasure).


Ollie and Stan
Steve Coogan and John C Reilly re-enacting the finale of Stan & Ollie. Which naturally reminds me that when Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt’s comedy, The Imposters, turned up at the 1998 Cannes festival, I achieved a lifetime's ambition by standing up at their Press conference and declaring: "I have a question for… Stan and Ollie!"
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This is the film that bred this site ... after Robert Redford told me he'd planned a little black-white version - with Robert De Niro, and Michael Moriarty as Woodstein.

WELCOME to a unique directory of what you never saw on-screen. The films the stars did not make. The movies that never were. The most definitive collation of casting stories ... Check up on all the films - of yesterday, today and tomorrow - that your favourite stars never made... A cast of thousands - 7,333 actors - to click on... More than 40 years in the making!! And 2,263,601 words of spirited text. The ultimate in movie trivia ... Better! Exactly the kind of history that Hollywood deserves. Back to front. Upside-down. Inside out. Full of flashbacks, close-ups, tracking shots (and, alas some badly edited sequences - sorry about that!) forming a fascinating, new and often bizarre flip-side perspective on your treasured movies and stars.


Ex-Bluebell Girl Gloria Paul, testing for Thunderball. Also losing the swimsuit of 1965: Julie Christie, Faye Dunaway, Raquel Welch and Maria Grazia Buccella ... who had also lost From Russia With Love. Who won Domino? I found out on May 17, 1965.

It was a Monday when I met the then newest Bond Girl in her suite at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Corinne Clery, Sophie Marceau, Eva Green, Léa Seydoux, they came later. The very first French Bond Girl was Claudine Auger - in Thunderball. She told me many things that afternoon ... "James Bond is sometimes very tough with his women. No matter. I like this sort of man ... I never wanted to be a beauty queen, winning Miss France was a surprise. My parents were very angry. I was only 16 ... My younger sister, Anne-Marie, is far more beautiful than me, she’s like a young Sophia Loren. Her favourite star is Sean Connery. Sean gave me a handsome photograph signed specially for her." And then Claudine got to her clothes. Or not ... "Oh, I must have 120 dresses at home, 50 swimsuits ... Funny, non, to have so much. You see, when I’m at home, I’m not wearing anything. I like to be nude in my house. It makes me feel so free. Non, I do not bother pulling the curtains. I’ve never seen anyone looking at me. Yet." I was. Looking at and drinking in her great looks and warm personality ... slowly ... like a good French wine. Chateau Claudine.



How Hollywood ruined Marilyn Monroe's dream role in The Brothers Karamazov is on Marilyn's page - item #17


Why didn't Rip Torn make Easy Rider - see his blue section on his page.


For the fullest story of why Anthony Michael Hall did not make Stanley Kubrick's 'Nam classic, go to Hall's page. (The blue section).


Meryl v Italian producer Dino de Laurentiis. Read all about it - in her first item.

Photo ©redits:

All The President's Men montage: Reg Oliver, 1976.
Marlon Brando: Paramount Pictures, 1960.
Captain Marvel: Marvel, 2018.
Home Alone: 20th Century Fox, 1990.
Judy: BBC, 2018.
Marvel characters: Marvel Comics.
Samuel L Jackson: Marvel, 2019.
Stan & Ollie: eOne, 2018.
TC sketch: Graham Marsh, 1976.
The Other Side of the Wind: Netflix 2017.
Thunderball: Eon Productions, 1965.
Albert Finney: MGM, 1963.
Plus enormous thanks to The Man: Daniel Bouteiller.



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