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On the Adventure's of Robin Hood DVD it was mentioned that the studio wanted Cagney to play Robin until they had a contract dispute. Just couldn't picture that. "All right you dirty rat Sheriff, I'm going to drill you with arrows, see."
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I'd have cast Adrien Brody. That guy looks like Sherlock.


Good call on Brody. Or as one standup comic put it, he looks like God (screwed) up the first time he tried to make Andy Garcia.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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I always pictured Watson as a slightly fat guy. Not out of shape fat, old-timey fat.


Old-timey fat... Do you mean old & fat (like Nigel Bruce) or younger and fat?


Doesn't have to be old. You know, kind of a solid-ish fat, as opposed to a sloppy fat.
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On the Adventure's of Robin Hood DVD it was mentioned that the studio wanted Cagney to play Robin until they had a contract dispute. Just couldn't picture that. "All right you dirty rat Sheriff, I'm going to drill you with arrows, see."


"Hello, Gisbrourne (Basil Rathbone), whaddaya say, whaddya know?"
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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I always pictured Watson as a slightly fat guy. Not out of shape fat, old-timey fat.


Old-timey fat... Do you mean old & fat (like Nigel Bruce) or younger and fat?


Doesn't have to be old. You know, kind of a solid-ish fat, as opposed to a sloppy fat.


Like TR, but more British.
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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On 2011-11-22 13:50, critter wrote:
I always pictured Watson as a slightly fat guy. Not out of shape fat, old-timey fat.


Old-timey fat... Do you mean old & fat (like Nigel Bruce) or younger and fat?


Doesn't have to be old. You know, kind of a solid-ish fat, as opposed to a sloppy fat.


Like TR, but more British.


Exactly.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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John Belushi was supposed to be Venkman in "Ghostbusters."
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Before "The Godfather" was released I had already read the book. The only actor I could picture at the time playing Don Corleone was Anthony Quinn. I remember laughing when I heard they had cast Marlon Brando for the role.

Now I can't imagine anyone BUT Brando as the godfather.

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Maybe not as crazy as it sounds--When the Broadway play A Streetcar Named Desire--which made Brando a star--went on National tour, the Brando part was played by...Anthony Quinn! And in the 1952 movie, Viva Zapata, Quinn, who was up for the title role, ended up playing the brother of Brando's Zapata.

Anthony Quinn--what a great, and in my opinion, under-rated artist.
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Bela Lugosi did test footage for "Frankenstein" (1931), but turned the role down because it was a non-speaking part.
Ironically, he was cast as the monster for "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man," originally as a speaking part (Ygor, Bela's character in "Son of Frankenstein" and "Ghost of Frankenstein" had had his brain transferred to the monster's skull in the latter film).
At the premiere, however, Lugosi's lines got so many bad laughs, the film was edited, leaving him in a 'non-speaking role.'
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Bela Lugosi did test footage for "Frankenstein" (1931), but turned the role down because it was a non-speaking part.
Ironically, he was cast as the monster for "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man," originally as a speaking part (Ygor, Bela's character in "Son of Frankenstein" and "Ghost of Frankenstein" had had his brain transferred to the monster's skull in the latter film).
At the premiere, however, Lugosi's lines got so many bad laughs, the film was edited, leaving him in a 'non-speaking role.'


I also heard that those who watched Lugosi's test footage were in stitches laughing.

But who else could have played Ygor so well...!
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I was considered for the nerdy kid in a classroom scene in the critically acclaimed The Hottie and the Naughty starring Paris Hilton, but ultimately the role went to...well, obviously you know.
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Apparently, several people had been cast at various points in time for the lead role in Total Recall. One of these was Patrick Swayze.
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On 2011-11-23 20:03, Steve_Mollett wrote:
Bela Lugosi did test footage for "Frankenstein" (1931), but turned the role down because it was a non-speaking part.
Ironically, he was cast as the monster for "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man," originally as a speaking part (Ygor, Bela's character in "Son of Frankenstein" and "Ghost of Frankenstein" had had his brain transferred to the monster's skull in the latter film).
At the premiere, however, Lugosi's lines got so many bad laughs, the film was edited, leaving him in a 'non-speaking role.'


I also heard that those who watched Lugosi's test footage were in stitches laughing.

But who else could have played Ygor so well...!


Yep. My two favorite Lugosi roles were Ygor, and Murder Legendre (White Zombie).
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I was considered for the nerdy kid in a classroom scene in the critically acclaimed The Hottie and the Naughty starring Paris Hilton, but ultimately the role went to...well, obviously you know.


Wow, 1.9 on IMDB. Clearly, they should have cast you!
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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On 2011-11-23 20:03, Steve_Mollett wrote:
Bela Lugosi did test footage for "Frankenstein" (1931), but turned the role down because it was a non-speaking part.
Ironically, he was cast as the monster for "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man," originally as a speaking part (Ygor, Bela's character in "Son of Frankenstein" and "Ghost of Frankenstein" had had his brain transferred to the monster's skull in the latter film).
At the premiere, however, Lugosi's lines got so many bad laughs, the film was edited, leaving him in a 'non-speaking role.'


I also heard that those who watched Lugosi's test footage were in stitches laughing.

But who else could have played Ygor so well...!


Yep. My two favorite Lugosi roles were Ygor, and Murder Legendre (White Zombie).


White Zombie is great. I love the sugar zombies at the beginning, falling in the sugar vat.
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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"This I offer in explanation of how it was that I found myself in my undergarments as I sat in my cell attempting to plot my escape."
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Gary Grant turned down James Bond or was rejected because he only wanted to do 2 pictures.

Burt Reynolds turned down One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

George Raft turned down several big roles that went to Bogart and made him a big star.


In his autobio, Burt claims a key sequence in "Deliverence" was cut because they were shifting the second half of the movie from his character to the third guy (not Ned Betty!) He felt bad about it but understood from the point of view of the film and believed that another role would come along that he would get a chance to "shine" in... and he turned down "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest?"

OTOH, he's also sworn blind that he turned down James Bond and I just can't see the production company considering him for that!
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