Corbett Turned Down Space Odyssey Role

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Veteran British comedian Ronnie Corbett stopped the long-running rumors stating he played one of the apes in classic sci-fi movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

It was said he portrayed a pre-historic beast in the ‘Dawn of Man’ section in Stanley Kubrick’s movie from 1968.

He now said he was actually offered a role after the director saw him in a comedy routine on a British variety show. However, he turned the offer down.

Corbett told U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, “Stanley Kubrick saw me doing a little spot on Sunday Night at the Palladium and said, ‘He would be ideal for one of my apes.’ I turned it down!”

The screenplay of The Space Odyssey was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, while partially inspired by Clarke‘s short story “The Sentinel.”

The story covers a series of encounters between humans and strange black monoliths that are apparently affecting human evolution. It also shows a voyage to Jupiter tracing a signal emitted by one such monolith found on the Moon. The film is now frequently described as an epic, both for its length and scope.

It is nearly universally recognized by critics, film-makers and people, as one of the greatest influential movies ever made.

The film retained sixth place on the list in 2012, and was named the second greatest film ever made by the directors’ poll.

In 2010, it was ranked the greatest film of all time by The Moving Arts Film Journal.

It was nominated for four Academy Awards, but received only one for its visual effects. In 1991, it was named “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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