1. - Dean Stockwell, The Dunwich Horror, 1969. Director Curtis Harrington was pepping up the AIP script for Fonda when “there was this commotion going on out front. We all went outside. AIP had loaned Fonda a Lincoln convertible, as their star. He’d left this car sitting there with the engine running, with a note stuck on the windshield that read: ‘You can take this car and The Dunwich Horror and shove them up your ass! Columbia has more guts than you’ll ever have!’ Columbia had just agreed to finance Easy Rider.” AIP phoned Carradine, Keir Dullea and Stockwell.
2/3 - Richard Burton & Louise Fletcher, The Exorcist II: The Heretic, 1977.
4. - William Devane, Rolling Thunder, 1977. Quentin Tarantino adores it! "It’s a character study and an action film. The first half is getting to know Charlie Rane. How he was a POW, tortured, malnourished, beaten for seven years, thinking that once he got back home everything would be OK. But... his wife is going to marry another man, his son doesn’t even know him. Then they’re both killed and he loses his hand. The second half was pure revenge."
5. - Michael York, The Island of Dr Moreau, 1977. "I've been turning things down all my life - many, many things. See, I don't like unhappy endings for one thing. If a movie presents in a positive way things I feel negative about, I don't do it. And vice-versa."
6. - Jeff Cooper, Circle of Iron, 1978. Asked to be the lead in the old James Coburn-Bruce Lee scenario, David elected to play the role(s) intended for Lee.
7. - James Woods, Split Image, 1983. "How many movies can you make? I'd like to do a thousand but they'd all have to be great. You have to keep turning things down until something comes along that you can't stand to turn down." Like Bound For Glory.
8. - Jürgen Prochnow, Dune, 1984.
9. - Willem Dafoe, The Last Temptation of Christ, 1988. It was David’s then-lady, Barbara Hershey, who gave director Martin Scorsese the Nikos Kazantzakis novel, while all three were making Boxcar Bertha, 1972. Immediately, Scorsese started prepping a film with David as Jesus and Barbara as Mary Magdalene - the role she ultimately played. Sixteen years later.
10 - Raul Julia, The Threepenny Opera, 1989. When Swedish god Ingemar Bergman planned it in Munich after their Serpent's Egg, in 1977. Bergman, Scorsese and Tarantino: that’s one helluva record!
11 - Edward Singletary, Portland, 2009. Writer-director Matthew Mishory’s choice to take over as Father Jerry that Carradine was due to start after completing a thriller in Bangkok, where he was found dead, hanging in his hotel room in June 2009.