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Who Almost Got the Role?

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Actors and Actresses Who Were Nearly Cast in Iconic Movies

TR Robertson — Ever since the beginning of the movie industry, many times the final casting for various movies did not begin with what the final movie would look like. Many times, actors and actresses who completed the movie were not the first choice by many of the movie studios. The change in stars was sometimes because the first choice for the role was not available due to various conflicts, sometimes there was a difference of opinion with an actor or actress and the director or producer, sometimes the actor or actress simply turned down the role because they did not feel the part was right for them. Whatever the reasons, you will be amazed at who was originally offered the roles for some of the most famous movies in Hollywood and who ended up with the part.

  • “Indiana Jones” movies – Tom Selleck was the original choice, Harrison Ford final choice.
  • “Edwards Scissorhands” – Tom Cruise original choice, Johnny Depp final choice.
  • “Toy Story” movies – Billy Crystal original choice, Tim Allen final choice.
  • “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies – Jim Carrey one of many choices, Johnny Depp final choice
  • “The Terminator” movies – O.J. Simpson original choice, Arnold Schwarzenegger final choice.
  • “Lincoln” – Liam Neeson original choice, Daniel Day-Lewis final choice.
  • “Catwoman” and “Batman Returns” – Annette Bening original choice, Michelle Pfeiffer final choice.
  • “Jerry Maguire” – Tom Hanks original choice, Tom Cruise final choice.
  • “Ferris Bueller” – Robert Downey Jr. original choice along with John Cusack, Jim Carey, Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr., Matthew Broderick final choice.
  • “Forrest Gump” – John Travolta original choice, Tom Hanks final choice.
  • “The Matrix” – Will Smith original choice, Keanu Reeves final choice.
  • “Fifty Shades of Grey – Emilia Clarke original choice, Dakota Johnson final choice.
  • “Lord of the Rings” – Russell Crowe original choice, Vigo Mortensen final choice for Aragorn.
  • ‘Boogie Nights” – Leonardo DiCaprio original choice, Mark Wahlberg final choice.
  • “Hannibal” – Gillian Anderson original choice, Julianne Moore final choice.
  • “Casino Royale” – Hugh Jackman original choice, Daniel Craig final choice.
  • “Jumanji” – Scarlett Johansson original choice, Kirsten Dunst final choice.
  • “La La Land” – Emma Watson original choice, Emma Stone final choice.
  • “Captain America: The First Avenger” – John Krasinski original choice, Chris Evans final choice
  • “Thor” – Tom Hiddleston original choice (he was selected for Loki), Liam Hemsworth final choice
  • “Titanic” – Matthew McConaughey original choice, Leonardo DiCaprio final choice.
  • “Titanic” – Gwyneth Paltrow original choice, Kate Winslet final choice.
  • “Twilight” – Jennifer Lawrence original choice, Kristen Stewart final choice.
  • “Iron Man 2” – Emily Blunt as Black Widow first choice, Scarlett Johansson final choice.
  • “Iron Man” – Tom Cruise original choice, Robert Downey Jr. final choice.
  • “The Lord of the Rings” – Sean Connery as Gandalf original choice, Ian McKellan final choice.
  • “Men in Black” – David Schwimmer original choice, Will Smith final choice.
  • “Spider Man “– Nicholas Cage as the Green Goblin, William Dafoe final choice.
  • “The Shining” – Robin Williams original choice (Harrison Ford also considered), Jack Nicholson final choice.
  • “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” – Robin Williams as Hagrid, Robbie Coltrane final choice.
  • “The Fugitive” – Alec Baldwin original choice, Harrison Ford final choice.
  • “Jurassic Park” – Harrison Ford original choice, San Neill final choice.
  • “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” – Gwen Stefani original choice, Angelina Jolie final choice.
  • “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” – Michael Jackson as the voice of Jar Jar Binks, Ahmed Best final choice.
  • “Star Wars” Jim Henson as voice of Yoda, Frank Oz final choice.
  • “Star Wars” – Billie Lourd and Saoirse Ronan as Rey original choices, Daisey Ridley final choice.
  • “Star Wars” – Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne as Kylo Ren original choices, Adam Driver final choice.
  • “Star Wars” – Orson Wells as Darth Vader’s voice original choice, James Earl Jones final choice.
  • “Star Wars “– Benicio Del Toro as Darth Maul original choice, Ray Park final choice.
  • “Star Wars – Jodie Foster and Cindy Williams as Princess Leia original choices, Carrie Fisher final choice.
  • “Star Wars” – Kurt Russell, Christopher Walken and Al Pacino all considered for role of Han Solo, Harrison Ford final choice.

What a difference many of these movies would have been if the original choices were the actors and actresses selected for the various roles. It is hard to imagine anyone but Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump, for example. Truly, some of our favorite movies might not be our favorites any longer if the leads were different people.

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