Actors who were the original choice for these popular films – Part 2 – Hollywood

My last post was about Bollywood, now continuing with Hollywood. You would be surprised to know that these were the first choices for these roles.

1) Star Wars

The role of Han Solo was originally offered to Al Pacino, but he refused. Christopher Walken was also considered but the role went to Harrison Ford.

2) Pretty Woman

The role of Edward Lewis was originally offered to Christopher Reeve, Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington and Al Pacino, but they all turned it down. Finally the role went to Richard Gere. The role of the female lead was offered to Molly Ringwald,Daryl Hannah and Michelle Pfeiffer, but they refused and Julia Roberts then agreed to play.

3) Forrest Gump

The role of Forrest Gump was offered to none other than John Travolta! But he refused and the role went to Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks won his second oscar for this film.

4) Twilight

The original choice for the role of Bella was Emily Browing, but she declined. Jennifer Lawrence was also considered but the role went to Kristen Stewert. Even the role of Edward was offered to Henry Cavill, his loss was Robert Pattinson’s gain.

5) Casino Royale

The original choice for James Bond were Hugh Jackman, Sam Worthington, Henry Cavill etc. but the role ultimately went to Daniel Craig.

6) Matrix

The role of Neo was originally offered to Will Smith, but he declined. Tom Cruise was also offered but the role went to Keanu Reeves.

7) Indiana Jones

Did you know that Harrison Ford wasn’t the first choice for Indiana Jones? it was actor Tom Selleck! He was forced to choose between the two roles and decided to honour his original commitment to the TV show. Hence the role went Harrison Ford which made him popular.

8) Toy Story

The original choice for the voice of Woody was Paul Newman. But his loss was Tom Hanks’ gain.

9) Alien

The role of Ripley was originally offered to Meryl Streep, her loss was Sigourney Weaver’s gain and she was norminated for BAFTA award for the most promising newcomer.

10) Harry Potter

You would be surprised to know that the role of Hagrid was originally offered to none other than Robin Williams! His loss was Robbie Coltrane’s gain, which made him popular. Tim Roth was originally offered to play Professor Snape, but he refused and Alan Rickman played the role. After the death of Richard Harris who played the role of Dumbledore in the first two films, Ian Mckellen a.k.a Gandalf was offered the role of Dumbledore, but he couldn’t commit as he was doing ‘Lord of the Rings’, hence the role went to Michael Gambon.

11) The Notebook

The role of Allie was originally offered to Britney Spears. Several actresses such as Ashley Judd, Reese Witherspoon, Jesiccal Biel were also in the line, but the role went to Rachel McAdams.

12) Batman Returns

The role of Catwoman was originally offered to Annette Benning, but the role went to Michelle Pfeiffer.

13) Hook

The role of Captain Hook was offered to David Bowie, but his loss was Dustin Hoffman’s gain.

14) Bad Boys

Actors Dana Carvey and John Lovitz were the original choices were the leads but the roles went to Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.

15) The Breakfast Club

Nicolas Cage was first considered for the role of John Bender but they couldn’t afford his salary requirements. John Cusack was considered next but the role went to John Hughes.

16) Django Unchained

The role of Django was written for Will Smith, but he refused and the role went to Jamie Foxx.

17) Iron Man

The role of Tony Stark/Iron Man was originally offered to Tom Cruise, but he refused as he didn’t find the script strong enough. Then the role went to Robert Downey Jr.

18) 10 Things I Hate About You

Ashton Kutcher was considered for the male lead, but he lost out to Heath Ledger.

19) Titanic

Did you know that the role of Rose was offered to none other than Gwenyth Paltrow? But she lost out to Kate Winslet.

20) Hocus Pocus

The role of Max was offered to none other than Leonardo Dicaprio, but he turned down the role to star in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’. The role went to Omri Katz.

21) Batman Begins

The original choice for Bruce Wayne/Batman was David Boreanaz (Booth from Bones) but the role ultimately went to Christian Bale.

22) Pirates of the Carribean

Did you know that the role of Jack Sparrow was offered to none other than Jim Carrey? but ultimately the role went to Johnny Depp.

23) Mean Girls

Did you know that Lindsay Lohan was actually offered to play Regina George? but she turned as she she didn’t want people to base her personality off the character. Hence Rachel McAdams played the role and Lindsay Lohan played the role of Cady.

24) Spider-Man

Did you know that the role of Peter Parker/Spiderman was originally offered to Freddie Prince Jr.? but his loss was Tobey Mcguire’s gain. The role of Green Goblin was originally offered to Nicolas Cage, but he turned down and the role went to William Dafoe.

25) Iron Man 2

The role of Natasha Romanoff was originally offered to Emily Blunt. But she refused due to scheduling conflicts and the role went to Scarlett Johanssan.

26) Avatar

Both Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal were considered for the role of Jake Sully but James Cameron decided to go with Sam Worthington.

27) The Blind Side

The role of Leigh Anne Touhy was originally offered to Julia Roberts, but she turned it down and Sandra Bullock got the role.

28) The Proposal

Same way, Julia Roberts was also offered the lead in ‘The Proposal’ but she passed up and the role went to Sandra Bullock.

29) The Dark Knight

The role of Harvey Dent was offered to Matt Damon, but he refused due to scheduling conflicts. The role was then played by Aaron Eackhart.

30) Boogie Knights

Leonardo DiCaprio was offered the role of Dirk Diggler, but he refused and the role went to Mark Wahlberg. Leonardo Dicaprio stated in a interview that he regretted not doing the film.

31) Brokeback Mountain

Mark Wahlberg was offered the role of Jack, but he refused and the role went to Jake Gyllenhaal.

32) Gladiator

The role of Maximus was originally offered to Mel Gibson, but he turned down the role, and hence Russell Crowe played the role.

33) The Godfather

The role of Michael Corleone wasn’t first offered to Al Pacino. It was Jack Nicholson. But Jack Nicholson refused as he thought he wouldn’t be able to play, hence Al Pacino got the role, which made him famous.

34) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Did you know that Johnny Depp was originally offered the lead? But he turned it down and the role went to Matthew Broderick.

35) Se7en

Brad Pitt’s part was originally offered to Denzel Washington, but he refused as he found it too dark.

36) Back to The Future

The role of Marty McFly was originally offered to ‘The Karate Kid’ star Ralph Mucchio. But he turned it down and the role went to Michael J. Fox.

37) Footloose

Tom Cruise was originally offered the role of Ren McCormack, but he turned it down as he was doing ‘All The Right Moves’. Hence the role went to Kevin Beacon.

38) A Star is Born

Did you know that the King of Rock & Roll Elvis was offered to play John Norman Howard, but he turned it down after so much demands. The role went to Kris Kristoffsen.

39) The Shawshank Redemption

Tom Hanks was first offered to play the role of Andy Dufresne, but he turned it down as he was doing ‘Forrest Gump’. The role went to Tim Robbins.

40) Basic Instinct

Michelle Pfeiffer was originally offered to play the lead, but she passed up due to sexual content. Hence, Sharon Stone did the role.

41) The Hangover

Did you know that the role of Jade the stripper was originally offered to Lindsay Lohan? But she turned it down, as she felt that it had no potential. Hence the role went to Heather Graham.

42) Speed

The role of Annie was originally offered to Halle Berry but she turned it down, and the role went to Sandra Bullock.

43) The Wizard of Oz

The role of Wizard was originally written for W.C Fields. He turned down the role for money. He was only offered $75,000 by MGM but he wanted $100,000. Hence the role went to Frank Morgan.

44) Gone With the Wind

Bette Davis was originally offered to play Scarlett O’Hara, but she turned it down and the role went to Vivien Leigh.

45) Lord of The Rings

Did you know that the role of Gandalf was originally offered to none other than Sean Connery? He passed on the role due to the length of time for filming. The role went to Ian Mckellen which made him popular.

46) Kill Bill

Kevin Costner was first offered to play the role of Bill. He opted instead to direct Open Range. The role went to David Carradine.

47) Ghost

Bruce Willis was first offered to play the role of Sam Wheat. But he turned down the role and the role went to Patrick Swayze.

48) Clueless

Sarah Michelle Geller was first offered to play the role of Cher Horowitz, but she turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. The role went to Alice Silverstone.

49) Sister Act

The role of Deloris Van Cartier was first offered to Bette Midler. But she refused and the role went to Whoopi Goldberg.

50) Edward Scissorhands

Jim Carrey was first offered the role of Edward Scissorhands, but he turned the role. Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise were also considered, but the role finally went to Johnny Depp.

51) Million Dollar Baby

Sandra Bullock was first casted for the role of Maggie. She walked out after several delays and that’s when Hillary Swank did the role.

52) Precious

Helen Mirren was initially offered the role of Mrs.Weiss, but she refused and Mariah Carey played the role, which got her a lot of critical acclaim.

53) Schindler’s list

Harrison Ford was offered the male lead, but he turned it down and hence the role went to Liam Neeson.

54) Jerry Mcguire

Tom Hanks was initially offered to play the main character, but he refused as he was directing “That Thing You Do”, hence the role went to Tom Cruise.

55) American Psycho

Leonardo DiCaprio was originally offered the role of Patrick Bateman, he was ultimately pressured to drop out because his camp was worried that his “Titanic” fanbase might not have wanted to see him play such a violent tole. Hence the role went to Christian Bale.

56) Charlie’s Angels

The role of Alex Munday was initially offered to Angelina Jolie, but she turned it down. Jada Pinkett Smith and Thandie Newton were both offered as well, but they both turned it down. Finally the role went to Lucy Liu.

57) Scream

The role of Sidney Prescott was first offered to Reese Witherspoon but she turned down the role, hence the role went to Neeve Campbell.

58) Thelma and Louise

Melanie Griffith was first offered the role of Thelma, but she refused and the role went to Geena Davis.

59) The Addams Family

The role of Morticia Addams was first offered to Cher.But her loss was Angelica Huston’s gain.

60) Grease

Did you know that the role of Danny Zuko was first offered to Henry Winkler, he turned it down and the role went to John Travolta.

So wat do you think? Would these popular movies work with these original choices?

Wait for my last part of this topic, which will include Kollywood.

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2 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented:
    The thought of Al Pacino as Han Solo sends my brain into a convulsion! Take a peak at who was offered the roles of some of our favorite movie characters first. Henry Winkler as Danny Zuko??? Come on…

    Liked by 1 person

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