Aussie screen legend Jack Thompson reveals the role he narrowly ...

Aussie screen legend Jack Thompson reveals the leading role he narrowly missed out on in an Oscar-winning blockbuster

By Demeter Stamell For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 13:09 BST, 1 September 2020 | Updated: 13:20 BST, 1 September 2020

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He's had an undoubtedly stellar acting career, but Jack Thompson has revealed there was one role which could have changed his whole life.

Appearing on Anh's Brush With Fame on Tuesday, the 80-year-old Aussie screen legend revealed he narrowly missed out on the lead in Schindler's List.

The Steven Spielberg-directed film was released in 1994 and won seven Oscars, with Liam Neeson ultimately cast in the eponymous role.

Near miss: He's had an undoubtedly stellar acting career, but Jack Thompson has revealed there was one role which could have changed his whole life. Pictured at the AACTA Awards in Sydney in December 2018

Near miss: He's had an undoubtedly stellar acting career, but Jack Thompson has revealed there was one role which could have changed his whole life. Pictured at the AACTA Awards in Sydney in December 2018

The 68-year-old Irish actor even picked up a Best Actor Oscar nomination, but Jack said the role was 'almost' his.  

'I'd done camera tests, shot a couple of scenes, and then did a whole afternoon with Spielberg,' he told host Anh Do.

'At the end of it [Steven Spielberg] said, "Well, there's not much doubt."'

Big break: Appearing on Anh's Brush With Fame on Tuesday, the 80-year-old Aussie screen legend revealed he narrowly missed out on the lead in Schindler's List. Pictured with the show's host, Anh Do

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