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Geena Davis shares Brad Pitt’s epic casting story for Thelma & Louise
October 21st, 2022 under Brad Pitt, Graham Norton. [ Comments: none ]

As we know, Brad Pitt starred in Thelma & Louise with Geena Davis. Today, when the Oscar winner was on The Graham Norton Show, she revealed that the actor was up for the role against three other leading men.

However, Pitt stood out to her because he was so charismatic and talented. So much so that the actress kept forgetting her lines. So, when he left, she told casting that he was her favorite of the four that auditioned.

Who were the other three? They were Mark Ruffalo, Grant Show, and an actor she forgot about it until they sat next to each other on the plane years later. George Clooney was so forgettable during that audition that he had to remind her he was the fourth person.

So whenever someone says, but they are no George Clooney, they should be saying he is no Brad Pitt. Well, to everyone but Angelina Jolie. Too soon?


Did you know Meryl Streep wasn’t born with that name?
June 7th, 2022 under Graham Norton, Meryl Streep. [ Comments: none ]

Meryl Streep was on The Graham Norton Show a while ago, and the host asked her about her name. It turns out that she wasn’t always Meryl Streep. Her last name was the same, but her first name was Mary, like her mother and her mother before her.

The Oscar winner’s dad didn’t want to have two Marys in the house, so he came up with Meryl.

When the actress was a child, she hated her name. However, it is that name, along with her acting, that made her stand out in a crowd.

Sometimes a rose by any other name is not the same!


Benedict Cumberbatch was rejected by Madonna
February 25th, 2022 under Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham Norton, Madonna. [ Comments: none ]

Before Benedict Cumberbatch was Sherlock, he auditioned for Madonna.

How did it go? He told Graham Norton that when she saw his name on the list, she asked him if that was his real name. The actor said to her, “Yes, it is. Madonna!”

Needless to say, he didn’t get the job. Please don’t feel bad for him; he is doing OK. I mean, after all, he is nominated for an Oscar. And Madonna has several Razzies to her name.


Sir Kenneth Branagh’s grandmother defended his penis size
January 24th, 2022 under Graham Norton. [ Comments: none ]

Sir Kenneth Branagh was on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, and he had a whopper of a story to share with the host.

Back in the early ’80s, he was starring in a play about St Francis of Assisi in London. He invited his grandmother from Belfast to come see it live, and he gave her opera glasses to enjoy the show even though she was in the front row. There was only one problem; he forgot that he gets completely nude.

So when the big moment came, he stood there tall for everyone to see his royal jewels. The audience was quiet until a man from the back screamed, “I’ve seen more meat on a dirty fork.”

Well, his grandmother was not going to take that. So, she stood up and told the mean man, “Use your binoculars. It looks like a bloody hot dog.” I am surprised she didn’t go with banger, but it still works brilliantly.

And now we know where Branagh gets his sense of humor from, his grandma!


Joan Collins wasn’t the first or second choice to play Alexis Carrington on Dynasty
December 17th, 2021 under Graham Norton, Joan Collins. [ Comments: none ]

When you think of Dynasty, you think of Joan Collins as Alexis Carrington. However, if the studio’s choices had said yes, then we might be thinking of Sofia Loren or Elizabeth Taylor in the role. But they said no, Aaron Spelling fought for Collins, and the rest is TV history.

That was just one of the things she told Graham Norton on his BBC show tonight. The host also wanted to know what was up with the tension between her and John Forsythe.

The actress told him that she used to reveal his age in interviews. The actor didn’t like that, and she didn’t care. The press kept sharing Collins and Linda Evans’ ages, but never his. So she took it upon herself to do it.

However, that was not the only issue he had with her. In 1986, when they won the People’s Choice Award, it was agreed that Forsythe would accept for everyone. However, the person giving out the awards gave it to Collins instead, so she accepted on behalf of the show. When she asked Forsythe if he had anything to add, he told her she said enough.

When they went back to work, he didn’t talk to her for a whole season. In fact, when she had to film a scene where he strangles Alexis, she says she told the producers, “I have to have my stand-in [do it] because I am scared.” Does anyone blame her for having that reaction?

To see the videos of her accepting the award and Blake’s hands around Alexis’ throat, then click here!


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