As a by-product of my most recent effort to become a writer who knows the names of more actors, I uncovered a closeted cloning caper. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences began their first cloning endeavor in 1954 when they chose to clone Henry Dean Stanton, then 28.
The fact that Henry’s career took off in 1954 should not escape your attention. What happened to the clone of Henry Dean Stanton?
I might have guessed you’d wonder. As a matter of fact, I have an answer for you inquisitive types. You need only look to one Griffin Dunne.
Successfully cloned and categorized as “lab grown” as of June 8, 1955, he too is now a moderately successful actor.
Since the first successful cloning went off without a hitch, Johnny Dangerously not withstanding, a second attempt was made in 1971. To insure an even greater successful outcome with subsequent attempts, Harvey Weinstein was consulted.
A French actor, Francois Cluzet, was chosen as the next candidate for cloning. The reason for Cluzet’s candidacy is not yet known, since he did not become famous until nearly six years later. His first role on a French television series, as a guy named Jim, occurred in the late seventies. Sources assure Harvey Weinstein was directly involved in the selection process.
The attempt was officially lauded a success when Jean Dujardin was cloned from Francois Cluzet on June 19, 1972. Rumors of a new “Best Clone” category for the 2013 Oscar ceremony have been circulating. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences could not be reached for comment. More on this later…