10 Actors Originally Considered For Famous Roles
7.61. Will Smith
7.72. Jim Carrey
6.83. Kevin Costner
#8 Kevin Costner (Bill In Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2) - K-Cos supposedly turned down the role of Bill in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 opting to direct Open Range instead. I think we should all take the time to write Kevin a letter and personally thank him for making such a horrible career decision.
8.14. Sean Connery
8.65. Robert De Niro
#6 Robert DeNiro (Josh Baskin In Big) - Penny Marshall originally offered the lead role in Big to Deniro instead of Tom Hanks. Poor Bobby was rejected because his six million dollar salary demand was too high and the world was spared from ever having to see Deniro and Robert Loggia dance on a giant piano together.
5.96. Jean Claude Van Damme
#5 Jean Claude Van Damme (Predator In Predator) - JCVD was originally cast as the Predator creature. Once the director compared him to Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Jessie Ventura it became apparent that a "taller" man was needed to make the creature appear more threatening. Van Damme also allegedly complained on numerous occasions that he would not appear on camera without the suit in the film.
6.77. Nick Nolte
#4 Nick Nolte (Han Solo In The Star Wars Trilogy) - Nolte was one of four finalists (Christopher Walken, Burt Reynolds and Harrison Ford were the others) for the role of Han Solo and he apparently lost the role at the last minute. Thankfully Harrison Ford was offered the part instead and Nolte went on to do 48 Hours.
78. Tom Selleck
7.89. Bill Murray
#2 Bill Murray (Bruce Wayne In Batman) - Murray was one of the frontrunners to play the Caped Crusader when the studio originally wanted to create a big screen replica of the 1960s TV version starring Adam West. Bill was eventually removed from consideration once director Tim Burton took the helm of the movie and brought Beetlejuice with him.
2.910. O.J. Simpson
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