And Almost Starring
Episode 78 - The Breakfast Club

Episode 78 - The Breakfast Club

May 24, 2022

On this week’s episode, we’re traveling back to the 80s to break down everyone who almost starred in the HS classic The Breakfast Club! Which double Oscar-winner was up for both Claire and Allison? Which comedy legend was cast as the janitor but got replaced when he decided to play him as a heavily bearded Russian? What would the proposed sequels have looked like? And did this movie really invent the phrase ‘Eat my shorts’? Also – it’s the Wet Hot American Summer/Breakfast Club mashup that you never asked for but can’t possibly live without!

 

The Breakfast Club stars Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, John Kapelos, and Paul Gleason; directed by John Hughes

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Episode 77 - Amadeus

Episode 77 - Amadeus

May 17, 2022

On this week’s episode, we’re looking at who almost starred in the stunning Best Picture-winner Amadeus! Which rock star auditioned for Mozart? Which 70s sex symbol was considered for Salieri? And is this the Two Truths and Some Guy game that breaks Amy Jo for good?? Also – we find ourselves back on Faeire Tale Theatre Watch, and Judy Garland want to know: “How do you do it?”

 

Amadeus stars F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice, Simon Callow, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones, and Cynthia Nixon as Lorl; directed by Milos Forman

 

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Episode 76 - The Shawshank Redemption

Episode 76 - The Shawshank Redemption

May 10, 2022

On this week’s episode, Jeff and Amy Jo are tackling one of their favorite films: The Shawshank Redemption! Who did Rob Reiner want for the leads when he considered directing? Which double-Oscar winner had to turn down Andy due to scheduling conflicts? And what’s the deal with putting Andy’s wife and the golf pro on the back of the VHS box? Also – we go gaga over those delicious Morgan Freeman Narration Nuggets and Jeff continues his vendetta against Forrest Gump!

The Shawshank Redemption stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, Mark Rolston, and James Whitmore as Brooks; directed by Frank Darabont

 

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Episode 75 - Mad Max: Fury Road (w/ Robyn Cage)

Episode 75 - Mad Max: Fury Road (w/ Robyn Cage)

May 3, 2022

We’re thrilled to be joined this week by actor/singer/songwriter Robyn Cage to help us break down everyone almost cast in the epic actioner Mad Max: Fury Road! Which Fast and Furious actor read for Furiosa? Which rapper was up for Max but would only do the movie if they filmed in his hometown? And were we the only ones on Miss Giddy Watch? Also – we pitch the sure-to-be hit Broadway Musical: Furiosa!

 

Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, John Howard, Richard Carter, Megan Gale, Melissa Jaffer, and Iota as The Doof Warrior

 

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Episode 74 - Arthur

Episode 74 - Arthur

April 26, 2022

On this week’s episode, we’re looking at everyone almost cast in the hilarious 1981 comedy Arthur! Which actor was originally cast in the titular role but replaced by Dudley Moore after the success of 10? Which sci-fi icon was meant to play Hobson? And why was Liza dressed like a concession stand in her first scene? Also – we pitch the Dudley Moore-starring Lord of the Rings movie you can’t possibly live without!

 

Arthur stars Dudley Moore, Liza Minelli, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jill Eikenberry, Stephen Elliot, Ted Ross, Barney Martin, and John Gielgud; directed by Steve Gordon

 

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Episode 73 - Moonstruck

Episode 73 - Moonstruck

April 19, 2022

Just in time for Nic Cage-as-Nic Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, we’re looking back at one of Cage’s earliest films: the delightful rom-com Moonstruck! Which double Oscar-winner was Cher’s role originally written for? Which Scorsese leading man auditioned for Ronny only for the director to say he had no style? And is this top to bottom the best casting of a film we’ve covered so far? Also – we debate whether or not we could take Cage in a fight and learn which bananas movie Cage did as a direct result of having made Moonstruck!

 

Moonstruck stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., and John Mahoney; directed by Norman Jewison

 

 

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Episode 72 - Titanic

Episode 72 - Titanic

April 12, 2022

We’re thrilled to welcome our guest, writer and actor Malka Wallick, to help us break down who almost starred in the 90s cultural epic Titanic! Which 80s child star told Cameron that she’d be miscast as Rose? Which indie-darling turned down the audition for Jack? Which country star almost played Molly Brown? And how did Jeff make it 25 years without seeing this movie? Also – we create a Pauly Shore-inspired vocal warmup and attempt to figure out what in the world a “regular phone friend” is!

 

Titanic stars Kate Winslet, Leonardo Dicaprio, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton, David Warner, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, and Victor Garber; directed by James Cameron

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Episode 71 - 10 Things I Hate About You

Episode 71 - 10 Things I Hate About You

April 5, 2022

For our first episode back, we’re looking at who almost starred in the delightful 90s Shakespeare riff 10 Things I Hate About You! Which sitcom star almost landed Patrick? Which Oscar-nominee was forced to pass on Kat because her mother hated the script? And why couldn’t we get 500% more Allison Janney writing erotica? Also – Amy Jo talks about her high school’s cowboy clique the Ropers and Jeff posits a theory about the Zodiac killer being a kleptomaniac monkey all along!

 

10 Things I Hate About You stars Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, David Krumholtz, Andrew Keegan, Susan May Pratt, Gabrielle Union, Larry Miller, Daryl ‘Chill’ Mitchell, and Allison Janney

 

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And Almost Starring Return Announcement!

And Almost Starring Return Announcement!

March 22, 2022

Hey listeners!

 

Amy Jo and Jeff will be coming back this April with some brand new episodes! We’ve got a ton of fun stuff lined up that we can’t wait to share with you. And don’t forget, if you have a movie you want us to breakdown the casting of, e-mail us at andalmoststarring@gmail.com and let us know!!

 

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Bonus Announcement!

Bonus Announcement!

January 1, 2022

Happy 2022, listeners! See you (at some point) in the new year!

 

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