John Thaw on a Casting List for the 1979 Sci-Fi film Alien.

Hello everyone and welcome to this rather short post. I have already posted about this on Twitter and Facebook but now I have a little time I am posting here as well.

I came across a casting list for the excellent 1979 sci-fi film Alien directed by Ridley Scott.

These types of casting lists are quite common as directors and producers throw out some names for each of the main characters and see what everyone thinks. Actors are not chosen for a variety of reasons but usually it’s because the actor turns it down, the actor has other commitments or simply the actor’s audition showed that they weren’t suitable for the role.

John’s name is under the character name Parker who was eventually played by Yaphet Kotto.

I don’t believe John would have been suitable for the part. He may have been able to play the part of Ashe (which was played by the British Ian Holm in the film)

but I don’t believe John would have been suitable for that part either.

I asked Sheila Hancock and Abigail Thaw if they had any information on whether John auditioned for the part or had any meetings with the director or producers. Unfortunately both woman said that they had no idea if he did or didn’t. Pity.

Anyway, an interesting piece of information in regard to John.

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Author: Chris Sullivan

After having looked after my mum for some 11 years she is now unfortunately in a nursing home. I'm afraid her dementia worsened as did her physical capabilities. So, for the first time in 21 years I find myself no longer caring for anyone. Apart from my mum I was also a single parent to two children and also looked after my dad who had Alzheimers, (he died in 2005). So, I have decided to return to University to try and get another degree this time in English Literature. (My other degree I got some 30 years ago is one in Ecological Science). After a year at college I have passed all grades and now will start Edinburgh University in September 2019. A busy time ahead made even busier by my writing a book on the TV series, Lewis.

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