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Saturday 26 July 2014

Forsyth: I nearly starred as Fagin

Sir Bruce Forsyth would have liked to have made his mark in Hollywood

Sir Bruce Forsyth has revealed he nearly got his big break in Hollywood playing Fagin in the 1968 film Oliver, but just missed out to Ron Moody who went on to make the role famous.

Strictly Come Dancing presenter Sir Bruce was looking to establish himself in films early in his career, and was contacted directly by the writer and creator of Oliver! Lionel Bart about playing Fagin. At the time it was unsure if Ron Moody would be involved in the film.

In an interview with the Radio Times, Sir Bruce said: "The part I really would have loved was in Oliver! - Ron Moody's Fagin. They were having trouble with his contract and Lionel Bart himself phoned me and asked me how I felt about Fagin.

"I said 'Oh I would love it'. And he said, 'Well you would be wonderful and I will keep you in touch with what's going on'. At the end of the week he called and said 'Sorry Bruce, he's going to play it'."

Sadly for Sir Bruce, Ron Moody not only went on to play Fagin but also got an Oscar nomination for the part.

Despite being one of the most recognisable faces on UK television, Sir Bruce admitted he was disappointed to have not made it into films, adding it just "wasn't in the stars".

"I would have loved to go to Hollywood. I had so much to offer them as a song and dance man and could play all kinds of parts - but there you are."

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