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How Anthony Hopkins could have played Gandhi had Richard Attenborough got his way | Letters

16 December 2015 11:06 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In her amusing article on questionably ethnic screen portrayals (Let’s at least see the films we denounce, 16 December), Helen Lewis refers to Anthony Hopkins’ casting as Othello in the BBC’s 1981 production, which caused something of a furore at the time.

So imagine what might have been the tempest unleashed had Richard Attenborough got his way, years before Ben Kingsley was even a gleam in his eye, and snared Hopkins to play the title role of Gandhi in a long-cherished project. “With careful makeup and by losing a little weight, he would be superb as Gandhi,” the late Lord Dickie purred publicly in the mid-70s.

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Olaf Pooley, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Doctor Who’ Actor, Dies at 101

20 July 2015 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

British actor and writer Olaf Pooley, best known for his roles on “Star Trek” and “Doctor Who,” died last week in Los Angeles. He was 101.

Pooley, who died on July 14, was the Cleric in the “Star Trek: Voyager” episode “Blink of an Eye” and had a recurring role as Professor Eric Stahlman in the “Doctor Who” serial “Inferno.” He’s the oldest actor to have appeared in both franchises.

Pooley’s notable West End theater career included Chorley Bannister in the original cast of Noel Coward’s “Peace in Our Time,” as well as roles in “Twelve Angry Men,” “The Tempest” and “Othello.” He was also a guest director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and directed Anthony Hopkins in “The Waltz of the Toreadors.”

His earliest film credit is 1948’s “Penny and the Pownall Case.” In later years, Pooley turned to painting and was a permanent »

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