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Magnum Jones or Indiana, P.I.

I’m sure you’ve all heard the story that Tom Selleck was approached to play Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but had to turn it down due to contractual obligations with Magnum, P.I.

But, did you also know that David Schwimmer was approached to play the role that later went to Will Smith in Men in Black? Or that Sean Connery turned down roles in two franchises–The Matrix and Lord of the Rings–because he didn’t understand the script?

If you didn’t know that, you can go to this website and check out all of the roles that actors have turned down. See what could have been. What should have been. And what, thankfully, never happened (I love Bill Murray as much as the next man…but Batman and Kindergarten Cop??).

Personally, I was shocked to find out that Christopher Walken turned down as many roles as he did…I though that guy would do anything!


An Open Letter…

Dear Mr. Whedon,

While you are busy planning your new series, Dollhouse, I hope that you take the time to consider this simple request from a fan. I hope that you can see it in your heart (and infinite wisdom) to find roles (either minor or major) for five very special actors. I am, of course, speaking of Carlos Jacott, Jonathan M. Woodward, Andy Umberger, Jeff Ricketts, and Bob Fimiani–a.k.a. the “Three-dons”: those lucky few who have appeared in each of your three previous series (I am even willing to abandon the catchy title I have bestowed upon them in the event that they appear in your fourth series).

In closing, I would like to say that I would also be eternally grateful if you could find a place for some of your other Baggy-Pants Players, like Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin (who would then both be “Three-dons”), Alan Tudyk, or Felicia Day (have you seen The Guild? This girl’s got chops!).

I now leave you to continue creating the funny.

A Fan.

Funny to see where the real power lies

In its continuing coverage of the WGA strike, The New York Times has printed a list of past strikes in the entertainment industry, including how long they lasted. It’s funny that most of the strikes went on for weeks or months…except one:

1988: Writers strike, five months.
1987: Directors strike, three hours and five minutes.
1985: Writers strike, two weeks.
1981: Writers strike, three months.
1980: Actors strike, three months.
1960: Actors strike, six weeks.
1952: Actors strike, two and a half months.