TV Fact #131 – February 20th, 2015:

The original choice for the titular lead of “Cadfael” (1994-1996) was actor Ian Holm. Holm accepted but ITV took so long to bring the project to fruition that he decided to take other roles that were offered to him in the meantime. Actor Philip Madoc, who had played the part in the BBC Radio 4 dramatizations, was also considered before actor Derek Jacobi came in and took over for the role.

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Movie Fact #770 – February 20th, 2015:

The 2014 film “Selma” saw a sort of exchange of kindness off-camera. Originally, director Lee Daniels was set to direct the film. After Daniels left the project actor David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr., campaigned for director Ava DuVernay to take over as director. To note, Oyelowo fought very hard for 7 years to get the role of Martin Luther King Jr. and Daniels didn’t think he was right for it. DuVernay did and Oyelowo was the only actor who remained from the original cast line-up that Daniels had established.

The cast for Daniels’ film included actor Hugh Jackman as Sheriff Jim Clark, actor Liam Neeson portraying Lyndon Johnson, actor Robert De Niro attached to star as segregationist governor George Wallace, actor Cedric the Entertainer as minister and activist Ralph Abernathy while actor Lenny Kravitz was also on board as activist Andrew Young. Either way, a massive film was indeed planned and created from this biographical story.

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Quote #770 – February 20th, 2015:

“Our lives are not fully lived if we’re not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe.”

– David Oyelowo, “Selma”

Published in: on February 21, 2015 at 1:19 AM  Leave a Comment