1. - Dirk Bogarde, Simba, 1955. Bogarde was complaining to his Rank bosses about his lightweight roles - he felt an affinity with Marlon Brando, James Dean and “Tony Curtis stuff”! No one replaced the Hawkins double in the second-unit Kenya locations... which suddenly make Bogarde appear six inches taller. And bulkier.
2. - Anthony Quayle, The Battle of the River Plate, 1956. Jack was a hero to the British Navy after The Cruel Sea, 1953. When asked to co-operate with this WWII tale, the main Admiralty question was: “Have you got Jack Hawkins?” “That,” commented director Michael Powell, “is what Jack Hawkins keeps asking us,”
3. - Bernard Lee, Dunkirk, 1958. He was asked this once to avoid the military and be a UK newspaper reporter
4. - Peter Finch, The Nun's Story, 1959. Audrey Hepburn's suggestion for Dr Fortunati - the devilish doc who tells her young nun: “I''ve seen nuns come and go and I tell you... You have not got the vocation.”
5. - Trevor Howard, Sons and Lovers, 1960. Hollywood insisted upon Vivien Leigh and Jack Hawkins as DH Lawrence's parents - an ignorant, drunken coal miner and his wife! Aghast, camerace Jack Cardiff quietly dismantled them, and set about his third film his way.
6. - Dirk Bogarde, Victim, 1961. “Not for me,” said Hawkins after six months' cogitation. After coasting through 30 films across 20 years, Bogarde finally got a role to match his maturing talent, opening the somewhat more impressive second half of his career. Accepting without hesitation the first UK film about homosexuality proved that Dirfk had bigger balls than his colleagues (straight and gay) and was not afraid to use them. (Just not show them!). He denied that playing a gay was brave, not he ever admitted his own sexuality; he lived with the same man, Glynis Johns' ex-husband, Tony Forwood, for 38 years. Dirk felt Jack had no wish to prejudice his knighthood. That move sure backfired. Bogarde was knighted in 1992. Hawkins never was.
7. - Trevor Howard, Von Ryan's Express, 1965. On the Major Fincham short list... with Peter Finch.
8. - Leo McKern. Rappresaglia/Massacre In Rome, Italy, 1973. As backloth for German Colonel Burton vs Father Mastroianni in Nazi occupied Italy.