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Michael Caine: Roles He Missed That Other Actors Made Famous

By    |   Tuesday, 22 Dec 2015 03:23 PM

Michael Caine, the English actor known for his distinctive Cockney accent, has been in more than 100 movies and won Academy awards for his performances as a supporting actor in “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “The Cider House Rules.”

His films include everything from “Alfie” to “The Man Who Would Be King.” But he didn’t take — or sometimes even get offered — every part that came along. Some roles Caine missed made other actors famous. The experience taught him, he said, to be a “movie actor” instead of just a “movie star.”

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These are among the parts that went to someone else:

1. The assassin in "The Day of the Jackal"
Caine lobbied to play the assassin in this 1973 movie, but director Fred Zinnemann wanted someone unknown. Zinnemann chose actor Edward Fox because “he wanted someone who would blend in with the crowd,” Frederick Forsyth, who wrote the book on which the film is based, told the Edinburgh Book Festival.

2. Sully in "Switching Channels"
Caine was supposed to be part of the cast as John “Sully” Sullivan in the 1988 comedy remake of “The Front Page” and “His Girl Friday.” And by association, Christopher Reeve, who had worked with Caine in “Deathtrap,” signed on because he liked working with him. When scheduling conflicts made Caine drop out of the film, Burt Reynolds got the part. Reeve said in his autobiography, “Still Me,” that he had to act as referee between costars Reynolds and Kathleen Turner, who feuded through filming.

3. The lover
“It’s [being] a movie actor, as opposed to movie star,” Cain said in a National Public Radio interview in 2013. “And I remember when it happened to me. A producer sent me a script, and I sent it back and said, ‘The part’s too small. I don't want to play it.’ And he sent it back and said, ‘I didn't want you to play the lover; I wanted you to play the father.’ And I thought, oh my god. I rushed in the bathroom, had a look in the mirror, and there wasn't the lover looking at me: There was the father.” While the exact part and who got it is unknown, it's fair to say this film, whatever it was, was a turning point for Cain.

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