T h e T o t a l R e c a l l s T h a t N e v e r W e r e
In Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall, Douglas Quaid is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. In Len Wiseman’s 2012 remake, Quaid is Colin Farrell. But what you might not know is that when Total Recall was s till i n t he h ands of Dino De Laurentiis, several other versions were planned – which would have resulted in very different films. David Cronenberg spent a year attached to the project. His choice of lead? William Hurt. Another suggestion was Richard Dreyfuss, the star of Close Encounters…, who’d already played an everyman- turnedunwitting- lead of a major sci- fi blockbuster. Finally De Laurentiis went with Patrick Swayze, hot off Dirty Dancing. Sets were erected in Australia – and then torn down when De Laurentiis ran out of money.