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Episode 37 - Gone Girl

Episode 37 - Gone Girl

February 9, 2021

In a toast to Valentine’s Day, we’re looking at everyone who almost starred in the twisty and twisted mystery-thriller Gone Girl! Which singer/dancer was considered for Amy? Who wanted to play Nick but couldn’t work around the schedule of his hit TV show? What the heck would a sequel look like? And can we please get a Tanner Bolt spinoff series? Also – it’s the Gone Girl/Chicago musical mash up you never knew you needed but can’t possibly live without!

 

Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Emily Ratajkowski, Casey Wilson, Lola Kirke, Boyd Holbrook, Sela Ward, and Missi Pyle; directed by David Fincher

 

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Episode 36 - Face/Off

Episode 36 - Face/Off

February 2, 2021

This week on the show, we’re looking at who almost swapped faces in the wonderfully ridiculous Face/Off! Which macho heavyweights were considered for Archer and Troy? Which Bostonian leading man turned down Pollux? And would you rather switch faces with a chimpanzee or a velociraptor? Also – Cage and Travolta go to boot camp to play theatre games and recreate scenes from Duck Soup!

 

Face/Off stars John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon, Dominique Swain, Nick Cassavetes, Colm Feore, John Carroll Lynch, Robert Wisdom, Chris Bauer, Margaret Cho, Thomas Jane, and CCH Pounder; directed by John Woo

 

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Episode 35 - Hook

Episode 35 - Hook

January 26, 2021

On this week’s listener request episode, we’re running down the casting of the adventure/fantasy Hook! Which Oscar-winner was originally cast as Peter but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts? Which singer turned down Hook? Which rom-com star did the screenwriter want for Tinkerbell? And how the heck did we never get a Hookland at Universal Studios? Also – get your subscription now to Maggie Smith’s Goop!

 

Hook stars Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Caroline Goodall, Charlie Korsmo, Amber Scott, Arthur Malet, Dante Basco, and Maggie Smith; directed by Steven Spielberg

 

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Episode 34 - Mary Poppins

Episode 34 - Mary Poppins

January 19, 2021

This week we take a jolly holiday and break down who almost starred in the Disney classic Mary Poppins! Which two-time Oscar winner did Walt Disney want for the titular nanny? Which actors did Dick Van Dyke think would have been a better fit as Bert? And did Poppins kill all those other nannies? Also – Tenet rips off Mary Poppins and Amy Jo explains why you should never watch Saving Mr. Banks on a plane!

 

Mary Poppins stars Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomilson, Glynis Johns, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Reginald Owen, and Ed Wynn; directed by Robert Stevenson

 

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Episode 33 - Twins & Suburban Commando

Episode 33 - Twins & Suburban Commando

January 12, 2021

On our first ever double feature episode, we’re breaking down the charming Schwarzenegger/DeVito comedy Twins and the bizarre Hulk Hogan sci-fi “comedy” Suburban Commando! Would Twins have worked with the alternate casting the studio had lined up? Would an actor other than Hogan have made Suburban Commando watchable? And what kind of suburb has night mimes running around? Also – Amy Jo plays ‘Spot the Faerie Tale Theatre Actor’ and we all learn the valuable lesson: Never go to a secondary planet with Hulk Hogan!

 

Twins stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb, Bonnie Bartlett, David Caruso, and Tony Jay; directed by Ivan Reitman

 

Suburban Commando stars Hulk Hogan, Christopher Lloyd, Shelley Duvall, Mark Calaway, Roy Dotrice, and Larry Miller; directed by Burt Kennedy

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Episode 32 - Back to the Future

Episode 32 - Back to the Future

January 5, 2021

For our first film of the new year (woo hoo!) we’re looking at everyone almost cast in the time travelling comedy classic Back to the Future! Which method actor was fired after filming as Marty for six weeks? Which Oscar-winning actor/director was up for Biff? Which star of The Office originally signed a two-picture deal before being let go? And what would the raunchy teen comedy version that studios wanted have looked like? Also – let’s go to the movies to see the new Michael J. Fox hit: Spaceman from Pluto!

 

Back to the Future stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells, James Tolkan, Casey Siemaszko, J.J. Cohen, and Billy Zane; directed by Robert Zemeckis

 

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Episode 31 - Wonder Woman

Episode 31 - Wonder Woman

December 29, 2020

In honor of the sequel having just been released, we’re going back to the distant year of 2017 to break down who almost starred in Wonder Woman! Which Grammy-winning pop star was considered for Diana? Which Oscar-winner was offended when they offered her the ‘mom role’ of Queen Hippolyta? What would the Julie Taymor-directed Wonder Woman have looked like? And does this film feature the first instance of a ‘reverse She’s All That’? Also – whose idea was it to slap a lopsided mustache on the God of War??

 

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, and David Thewlis; directed by Patty Jenkins

 

 

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Episode 30 - Die Hard

Episode 30 - Die Hard

December 22, 2020

For our first winter holiday-themed episode, we’re looking at everyone who was almost cast in the action classic Die Hard! Which famous crooner passed on John McClane? Which action legend was considered for Holly? Which Jurassic Park actor turned down a role? And would you rather win an Oscar or have lunch with Alan Rickman every day for a month? Also – Amy Jo can never look at the dad from Home Alone the same way again, and we find the one element that Die Hard is missing: a live bear!

 

Die Hard stars Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, William Atherton, De’voreaux White, Hart Bochner, James Shigeta, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Alexander Godunov, Robert Davi, and Grand L Bush; directed by John McTiernan

 

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Episode 29 - Moulin Rouge

Episode 29 - Moulin Rouge

December 15, 2020

On our second listener requested episode, we’re breaking down the casting of the glitteringly bombastic Moulin Rouge! Which rock singer was pissed at Nicole Kidman for beating her to Satine? Which British comedian was up for Lautrec? Which Lord of the Rings star almost landed a role? And is this movie Michael Bay for drama kids? Also – Jeff shares embarrassing high school memories, and the Muppets take Moulin Rouge!

 

Moulin Rouge stars Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, Jacek Koman, Caroline O’Connor, Natalie Mendoza, and Kylie Minogue; directed by Baz Luhrmann

 

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Episode 28 - Thelma & Louise

Episode 28 - Thelma & Louise

December 8, 2020

This week on the show we look at the many people up for the excellent Thelma & Louise! Which Oscar-winning duo did screenwriter Callie Khouri want for Thelma and Louise? Which Marvel superhero was deemed too short to play JD? Which Grammy-winning rock star turned down a role? And how did it take us so long to figure out Thunderbird wasn’t the name of that weightlifter in the background? Also – Mad Max takes a backseat as we pitch Thelma & Louise: Fury Road!

 

Thelma & Louise stars Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Stephen Tobolowsky, and baby Brad Pitt; directed by Ridley Scott

 

 

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