And Almost Starring
Episode 106 - Boogie Nights

Episode 106 - Boogie Nights

December 6, 2022

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On this week’s listener request episode, we’re looking at who almost starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights! Which movie superhero was considered for Dirk Diggler? Which Oscar-winning director turned down Jack? And did anyone else forget how funny the first half of this film is? Also – we pitch the high-concept rom-com I Love the 90s starring Drew Barrymore as – The 90s!

 

Boogie Nights stars Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Luis Guzmán, Nicole Ari Parker, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, William H. Macy, Joanna Gleason, Robert Ridgely, Philip Baker Hall, Ricky Jay, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Thomas Jane, and Alfred Molina; directed by Paul Thomas Anderson  

 

 

 

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Patreon Exclusive: The Muppet Christmas Carol (PREVIEW)

Patreon Exclusive: The Muppet Christmas Carol (PREVIEW)

December 1, 2022

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On this month’s Patreon exclusive episode, we’re breaking down all the actors (and Muppets) who were almost cast in The Muppet Christmas Carol in a full-length commentary! Which stand-up comic was considered for Scrooge? Which classic Muppets were originally meant to play the three Christmas spirits? Also – we pitch more Muppet literary adaptations and ponder the lives of Muppet produce!

 

The Muppet Christmas Carol stars Michael Caine, Steven Mackintosh, Jessica Fox, Meredith Braun, Robin Weaver, Raymond Coulthard, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, David Rudman, and Frank Oz; directed by Brian Henson

 

 

 

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Episode 105 - The Bodyguard

Episode 105 - The Bodyguard

November 29, 2022

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This week, for its 30-year anniversary, we’re looking who almost starred in the box office smash The Bodyguard! Which pair was set to play the leads when the film was originally developed in the 70s? Which pop singer was denied an audition because she made a joke about Costner? And how hilarious fake-sounding are these best song nominees? Also – we pitch two surefire hits: Beethoven Bodyguard and Private Princess!

 

The Bodyguard stars Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Gary Kemp, Bill Cobs, Tomas Arana, Ralph Waite, Mike Starr, Devaughn Nixon, Michele Lamar Richards, Christopher Birt, Gerry Bamman, and Debbie Reynolds as herself; Mick Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 104 - Splash

Episode 104 - Splash

November 22, 2022

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On this week’s listener request episode, we’re celebrating Hanksgiving by breaking down who almost starred in the movie Splash! Which 70s sex symbol turned down the Hanks role? Which rock singer was the role of Madison written for? And is there really a coral reef AND an underwater kingdom in the Hudson?

 

Splash stars Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, Dody Goodman, and John Candy; directed by Ron Howard

 

 

 

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Episode 103 - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Episode 103 - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

November 15, 2022

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This week, we’re looking at all the actors who almost starred in the 1971 musical/fantasy Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Which member of the Rat Pack pursued a role? Which rock legend wanted to play Wonka? And which iconic scene in the film was actually Gene Wilder’s idea? Also – Jeff pitches a dark theory about the Bucket family and goes knocking on the door of the CIA searching for movie trivia!

 

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory stars Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Jack Albertson, Roy Kinnear, Leonard Stone, Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Nora Denney, Paris Themmen, Ursula Reit, Michael Bollner, Diana Sowle, and Aubrey Woods; directed by Mel Stuart

 

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Episode 102 - John Wick

Episode 102 - John Wick

November 8, 2022

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On this week’s listener request episode, we’re breaking down all the actors who were almost in the action-packed franchise starter John Wick! Which classic Hollywood star did the screenwriter have in mind when writing the titular role? Which Harry Potter actor was cast as Winston but had to drop out? And would the movie have been anywhere near as successful with its original title? Also – we admire Keanu’s hair acting and give props to the movie for somehow finding both the cutest AND second-cutest puppies ever put on film!

 

John Wick stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Dean Winters, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, John Leguizamo, Lance Reddick, and Ian McShane

 

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Patreon Exclusive: The Office (PREVIEW)

Patreon Exclusive: The Office (PREVIEW)

November 2, 2022

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On this month’s Patreon-exclusive episode, we’re tackling our first TV show as we break down all the actors who were up for The Office! Which Oscar-winner turned down Michael? Which MCU standout auditioned for Pam? And which actor started their audition by insulting the creator to his face? Also – we drop an Only Murders in the Building exclusive and try our darndest to not succumb to the effects of our booster shots!

 

The Office stars Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, Kate Flannery, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nuñez, B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, Craig Robinson, and Melora Hardin; created by Greg Daniels

 

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Episode 101 - Almost Famous

Episode 101 - Almost Famous

November 1, 2022

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On this week’s show, we’re breaking down everyone who almost starred in Cameron Crowe’s excellent Almost Famous! Which Oscar-winning A-lister was set to play Russell but dropped out? Which celebrated director turned down the chance to play Penny Lane? And how was Philip Seymour Hoffman this good as Lester when he had the flu the entire shoot? Also – Jeff’s coworker claims to be auditioning for Batman, and we attempt to break down a wild-sounding children’s film from Australia!

 

Almost Famous stars Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Angarano, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor, Jimmy Fallon, Bijou Phillips, and Philip Seymour Hoffman; directed by Cameron Crowe

 

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Episode 100 - The Shining

Episode 100 - The Shining

October 25, 2022

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For our 100th episode(!) and our final film of October, we’re breaking down one of the most iconic horror films of all time: The Shining! Which beloved comedian did Kubrick think was too psychotic to play Jack? Who did Jack Nicholson think should play Wendy? And to get Nicholson in the proper foul mood for shooting, they fed him WHAT for two weeks?? Also – we pitch a Don’t Wake Daddy game featuring Jack Torrance and groove to the sultry sounds of Grady and the Ghosts!

 

The Shining stars Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel, and Scatman Crothers; directed by Stanley Kubrick

 

 

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Episode 99 - Edward Scissorhands

Episode 99 - Edward Scissorhands

October 18, 2022

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For our third week of October, we’re breaking down everyone who almost starred in Tim Burton’s suburban fantasy Edward Scissorhands! Which celebrated comedian auditioned multiple times for the title role? Which John Hughes regular was up for Kim? And why didn’t anyone think to cover those scissor hands with some wood knife blocks? Also – we ponder how Edward would fare against vampires and pitch a new side podcast: North by NorthWiest!

 

Edward Scissorhands stars Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Alan Arkin, Kathy Baker, Robert Oliveri, Conchata Ferrell, and Vincent Price; directed by Tim Burton

 

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