And Almost Starring
Episode 50 - Flashdance

Episode 50 - Flashdance

May 11, 2021

On this week’s episode, we’re breaking down everyone who almost starred in the awesomely 80s Flashdance! Which Golden Globe-winner berated the director for taking a call during her audition for Alex? Which rock star turned down Nick? And what the heck would the 2 hour and 20-minute version of the movie have looked like? Also – we imagine a Saturday Night Fever/Flashdance crossover, freak out over the film’s Clue connection, and pitch the sure-to-be smash hit: Joan on Ice!

 

Flashdance stars Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson, Lee Ving, and Cynthia Rhodes; directed by Adrian Lyne

 

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Episode 49 - Drop Dead Gorgeous

Episode 49 - Drop Dead Gorgeous

May 4, 2021

On this week’s listener request episode, we’re looking at everyone who almost starred in the dark comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous! Which Nickelodeon star auditioned for Amber? Which sci-fi star was sought for Gladys? And is Allison Janney ever NOT the MVP? Also – Amy Jo talks about her former classmate’s role in the film, we get to the bottom of whether or not that reporter died at the end, and Amy Jo pitches a One Cole Show!

 

Drop Dead Gorgeous stars Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin, Kirstie Alley, Amy Adams, Sam McMurray, Mindy Sterling, Brittany Murphy, and MVP Allison Janney; directed by Michael Patrick Jann

 

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Episode 48 - Cabaret

Episode 48 - Cabaret

April 27, 2021

On our final week of Oscars month, we’re breaking down the casting of the 1972 musical Cabaret, including everyone else considered for Liza Minelli and Joel Grey’s Academy Award-winning roles: Sally Bowles and the Emcee! Which Bond girl was considered for Sally? Who did Joel Grey say Fosse wanted for the Emcee over him? And how wonderfully bananas is Marisa Berenson’s song on The Muppet Show? Also – Amy Jo talks about playing Fraulein Schneider in college and Jeff and his dad sit through a production of Cabaret featuring – you guessed it – completely nude dancers!

 

Cabaret stars Liza Minelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Fritz Wepper, Marisa Berenson, and Joel Grey; directed by Bob Fosse

 

 

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Episode 47 - Training Day

Episode 47 - Training Day

April 20, 2021

On the third week of Oscars month, we’re looking at everyone almost cast in 2001’s Training Day and whether anyone else could hold a candle to Denzel Washington’s tour-de-force performance as Alonzo! Which Marvel star was dropped from playing Jake? Which action heavyweight turned down Alonzo? And whose idea was that green-tinted ‘weed vision’? Also – move over Godzilla as Jeff pitches: Denzilla vs Kong!

 

Training Day stars Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger, Cliff Curtis, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eva Mendes, Macy Gray, Harris Yulin, Raymond J. Barry, Raymond Cruz, Peter Greene, and Terry Crews; directed by Antoine Fuqua

 

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Episode 46 - The Godfather

Episode 46 - The Godfather

April 13, 2021

On our second week of Oscars Month, we’re looking at everyone up for one of the most acclaimed films of all time, The Godfather, and whether anyone else would have touched Marlon Brando’s iconic Academy Award-winning turn as Don Vito Corleone! Which Godfather actor almost wound up playing a completely different role? Which rock and roll singer auditioned for Tom Hagen? And Brando was voted the champion of what during filming?? Also – the Godfather/sitcom mashup you never knew you wanted, and Jeff and Amy Jo learn the hard way to not watch The Godfather on an empty stomach!

 

The Godfather stars Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Richard S. Castellano, Sterling Hayden, Abe Vigoda, Al Martino, Morgana King, and John Cazale; directed by Francis Ford Coppola

 

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Episode 45 - My Cousin Vinny

Episode 45 - My Cousin Vinny

April 6, 2021

On our first episode of Oscars Month, we’re breaking down who almost starred in the courtroom comedy My Cousin Vinny and whether anyone else could have compared to Marisa Tomei’s absolutely delightful Academy Award-winning turn! Which stand-up comic almost played Vinny? Which comedy legend could have played the Judge? And how good is Ralph Macchio’s titular line reading? Also – Amy Jo and Jeff are delighted to discover the continuing adventures of Vinny Gambini in both book and song!

 

My Cousin Vinny stars Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield, Fred Gwynne, Lane Smith, Bruce McGill, and Austin Pendleton; directed by Jonathan Lynn

 

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Episode 44 - Catwoman

Episode 44 - Catwoman

March 30, 2021

On this week’s show, we’re looking at all the actors who were lucky enough to not be cast in the 2004 Cat-astrophe Catwoman! Which Aussie star turned down the titular role? Which double Oscar-winner passed on Ophelia Powers? And would Patience Phillips have been the Jellicle choice? Also – Catwoman joins the Princess Switch franchise and we pitch the surefire hit: Air Bud…But With a Cat!

 

Catwoman stars Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Alex Borstein, Lambert Wilson, and Frances Conroy; directed by Pitof

 

 

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Episode 43 - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Episode 43 - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

March 23, 2021

On today’s listener request episode, we’re cutting class with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! Which John Hughes regular turned down Ferris out of fear of being typecast? Which horror icon was the first choice for Jeannie? And where did those stair dancers come from during the parade? Also – Amy Jo cuts class for a Lawrence of Arabia screening and we nominate Charlie Sheen as our first ever #dangerbae!

 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off stars Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward, Charlie Sheen, Del Close, and Edie McClurg; directed by John Hughes

 

 

 

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Episode 42 - The Truman Show

Episode 42 - The Truman Show

March 16, 2021

On this week’s show we break down the casting of the Jim Carrey dramedy The Truman Show! Which Oscar-winning comedian was considered for Truman? Who was originally cast as Christoff but left production after only a few days of shooting? And what would the show’s producers have done if Truman grew up to be a serial killer? Also – Jessica Fletcher rides into town to help Truman solve a mystery on a very special Murder She Wrote/Truman Show crossover episode!

 

The Truman Show stars Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElHone, Holland Taylor, Peter Krause, Philip Baker Hall, Harry Shearer, and Paul Giamatti; directed by Peter Weir

 

 

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Episode 41 - Bonnie and Clyde

Episode 41 - Bonnie and Clyde

March 9, 2021

On this week’s episode, we’re breaking down the casting of the 60s crime classic Bonnie and Clyde! Which Oscar-winning singer/songwriter did Warren Beatty want to play Clyde? Which former co-star of Beatty turned down Bonnie as she found working with him too difficult? And which French director was originally supposed to helm the film but insisted on shooting in – of all places – New Jersey in winter? Also – Bonnie, Clyde, and their hobbit getaway driver go on a crime spree across Middle Earth!

 

Bonnie and Clyde stars Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Evans Evans, and Gene Wilder; directed by Arthur Penn

 

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