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If movies followed their original casting...

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1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
There were a handful of other actors considered for the parts of Ledger and Gylenhaal, among them Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Hartnett, Colin Farrel and Billy Crudup. Though, none is more interesting than the consideration of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
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2. The Matrix (1999)
Would you believe it? Will Smith was an early choice in playing Neo, but he turned it down to make "Wild Wild West." He admitted to regretting it.

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3. Hancock (2008)
However, Will Smith wasn't the only choice to play superhero in this movie, George Clooney's name came up during casting.
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4. Meet the Parents (2000)
Jim Carrey was the main choice that he even contributed jokes, including calling the lead character "Focker." Julia Stiles, was also a choice for the part of Teri Polo.

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5. Alexander (2004)
Director Oliver Stone's primary choice was none other than epic king Russell Crowe. Sean Connery was listed in the role of King Philip that went to Val Kilmer.

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6. Constantine (2005)
Nicolas Cage was the original choice to play John Constantine but backed out of the project.

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7. Jerry Maguire (1996)
They had Tom Hanks and Winona Ryder at hello, the roles of Jerry Maguire and Dorothy Boyd being originally written for them. It went to Cruise and Zellwegger, eventually.

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8. Panic Room (2002)
Panic Room could've been Nicole Kidman's movie easily, if not for a knee injury suffered during "Moulin Rogue." The role eventually went to Jodie Foster.

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9. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The best role that landed on Jodie Foster's lap was that of Clarice Starling, which Michelle Pfeiffer rejected saying it was "too violent." Would she have won best actress if she had done it?


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10. American Psycho (2000)
Bret Easton Ellis' Patrick Bateman was offered to numerous actors before Christian Bale landed the gig. Among the hopefuls were Johnny Depp, Billy Crudup, Ben Chaplin, Robert Sean Leonard, Johnathon Schaech, Jonny Lee Miller, and Jared Leto. Edward Norton (pictured) was a close call.

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11. Hook (1991)
Kevin Kline was the original choice for Peter Pan and David Bowie was offered the role of Captain Hook which he turned down.

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12. The Graduate (1967)
TRIVIA From IMDB: Robert Redford screen-tested with Candice Bergen for the part of Benjamin Braddock but was finally rejected by director Mike Nichols because Nichols did not believe Redford could persuasively project the underdog qualities necessary to the role. When he told this to Redford, the actor asked Nichols what he meant. "Well, let's put it this way," said Nichols, "Have you ever struck out with a girl?" "What do you mean?" asked Redford. "That's precisely my point," said Nichols.

The poster wouldn't have worked either.

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13. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Originally, a superstar pairing of Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, but McQueen dropped out of the project and was replaced by Robert Redford. Had he not, Redford would've had to find another name to call his film festival.

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14. The Terminator (1984)
Lance Henriksen was a choice to play The Terminator. But O.J.?

Thanks, Larri.




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15. Face/Off (1997)
Face/Off could've been bigger if the Ahnold/Sly tandem pushed through, but would the switching of faces vital to the story been convincing? John Woo didn't think so.

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16. Air Force One (1997)
The role of President James Marshall was supposedly written for Kevin Costner. He said no and concentrated on "The Postman."


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17. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
The casting of Star Wars is the stuff of legends. Kurt Russell (Han Solo), Cindy Williams (Princess Leia) and Robby Benson (Luke Skywalker), all screen tested and nearly got parts in the movie. The great Toshiro Mifune was considered as Obi-Wan. It could've been a very, very different Star Wars.

My thanks to NonFictionGuy for the suggestion.


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What if some movies were cast according to the other choices considered for the parts? Not only would the posters look different, the whole movie would've been different.

Suggestions are very welcome.

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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 18 18:33
Kurt Russell as Han Solo in Star Wars
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 19 18:36
What about Frank Sinatra being cast as Dirty Harry. I think a promotional poster of him was actually taken as well.
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 19 18:57
Wow, wicked list!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 19 19:49
Very interesting list.

Suggestions:
- Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson as Michael Corleone in The Godfather.
- Al Pacino as Han Solo
- Orson Welles as Vito Corleone in The Godfather.
- Bill Murray, John Travolta and Chevy Chase as Forrest Gump.
- OJ Simpson or Lance Henriksen as The Terminator.
- Robert DeNiro as Scarface.
- Michael Keaton as Deckard in Blade Runner.
- Nick Nolte and Jeff Bridges as the leading stars in Heat.
- Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Edward Norton as Vincent in Collateral.

Now there's a few.
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 19 21:30
Great list. It is interesting to think about what those movies would have been like with different stars. The Brokeback Mountain one especially.
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 20 1:15
Thanks for the votes, guys. And the suggestions! I'll be sure to work on them!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 20 4:56
Wow.... Toshiro as Obi Wan ... that would have been AMAZING!!!!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 20 10:25
yes, toshiro would've been epic.
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 20 11:49
This is so much fun! You are good. Epic Star Wars poster.
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 20 12:25
Great list. Gets my vote.
What about Van Damme as Wolverine in X-Men: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120903/trivia?tr0743097
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 20 16:16
This is a great feature - your posters are wonderful! Here's 2 more:

"The Legend of Bagger Vance" originally cast Morgan Freeman and Robert Redford, later changed to Will Smith and Matt Damon.

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Angelina Jolie replaced Tom Cruise as the title character in "Salt."

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Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 21 14:47
Face/Off was originally meant to be for Arnie and Sly. That would have been EPIC!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 21 21:53
Mr and Mrs. Smith
Nicole Kidman was originally cast as Mrs. Smith.
Johnny Depp was originally cast as John Smith, but turned it down after being overworked with other movies he was shooting.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was also considered for Mrs. Smith, while Johnny Depp and Will Smith were considered for Mr. Smith when it was not sure if Brad Pitt would sign on.
Cate Blanchett was also considered for the role of Mrs. Smith
Brad Pitt reportedly left the project after Nicole Kidman dropped out and her replacement had not yet been found. Once Angelina Jolie signed on, he returned to the project.

Would Brangelina have ever come to fruition if they never worked on this project together?
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 22 12:32
I believe so, Rose. A lot of couples are born after shooting a movie. Helps the tabloids too!

i'll look into face-off next...
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jun 2 1:18
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a remake of an older movie and was revamped specifically for Mick Jagger (Steve Martin's part) and David Bowie (Michael Cain's).
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jun 2 1:23
Also, Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jun 2 2:34
Jagger and Bowie in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? Now, that's something worth digging into. Thanks, Thera!
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jun 2 4:45
Corey Hart turned down the part of Marty McFly in Back to the Future.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jun 2 8:16
i think you made a little mistake on the will smith in the matrix part. i couldve sworn i watch something that said that he turned down the matrix to do men in black (not wild wild west). interesting enough also, his role in men in black was actually originally offered to david swimmer who turned it down to do a made for hbo film. granted it does say on wikipedia that smith turned it down to do wild west, but i still could have sworn i saw a special on vh1 that backed my comment.

UPDATE: so imdb also backs you guys up. my mistake i guess. though it also mentions how bothnicolas cage and ewan mgregor also turned down the role of neo because of family obligations. sean connery also turned down morpheous.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jun 2 9:41
no harm done, zshaw. lets just put it this way: Men in Black (1997) came out before both The Matrix (1999) and Wild Wild West (1999).

Btw, Sean Connery would've made an interesting Morpeus.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jun 4 23:30
Ronald Reagan was the original pick for Rick in Casablanca. Thank goodness for getting Bogie instead.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jun 12 22:34
Actually, coldpizza, Corey Hart didn't turn down the part of Marty in Back to the Future. He was forced out. Michael J. Fox was too busy with his role on Family Ties, but then decided he could handle both projects. So, even though they'd already shot the part in the mall parking lot with Hart, they did a reshoot with Fox. Its weird to watch the BttF DVD bonus features and see Hart as Marty.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jun 12 23:11
Wow great list :) Not sure about Ed Norton as American Psycho, would've been quite interesting :D
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jun 15 20:28
Thank goodness [Link removed - login to see]">Star Wars didn't go that way!
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Jul 15 13:31
If I am not mistaken, I am almost sure it was not Corey Hart originally cast as Marty in BTTF. If I can remember the special features from the trilogy set, it was Eric Stoltz who was cast as Marty.
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Jul 27 23:28
Great list!

Here's a few for you:

Shirley Temple as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz
Clint Eastwood as K in Men in Black
Robert De Niro or Robin Williams as Jack Torrance in The Shining
Daniel Day Lewis as Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction
For Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs: Christopher Lloyd, Jack Nicholson, or Robert De Niro
Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones
John Belushi as Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters
Robin Williams as The Joker in Batman
Or as Bruce Wayne himself: Jeff Bridges, Harrison Ford, Robert Downey Jr., Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Murray, Pierce Brosnan, Tom Selleck, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis
And one of my favorites: John Wayne as Dirty Harry
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Jul 28 1:46
John Wayne as Dirty Harry...that oughta have been...different. Thanks for the remarks!
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Aug 7 18:41
Frank as Dirty Harry........

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Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Aug 20 16:39
bruce willis as bruce wayne? That would've been epic!
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Aug 20 16:39
bruce willis as bruce wayne? That would've been epic!
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Sep 5 3:14
Bjork was the first idea to play the part of Clementine in "eternal sunshine of the spotless mind", she rejected it since she got a huge depression after acting in "Dancer in the dark"
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Sep 5 15:18
Christian Bale replaced Leonardo DiCaprio for the film American Psycho (2000)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000288/bio
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Sep 7 4:01
wow i would love to see David Bowie as hook :)
Posted: 4 years ago at Nov 2 23:10
I really enjoyed this list
Posted: 4 years ago at Nov 12 6:30
Original Rick in "Casablanca"? Ronald Reagan
Posted: 4 years ago at Nov 18 7:48
Thanks for showing up such fabulous information. I like this post, keep writing and give informative post...!

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Posted: 4 years ago at Nov 18 12:52
Holy awesome! Very nice work!
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Jan 6 11:57
Cool movies , there is one [Link removed - login to see]
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Jan 7 21:51
wow...really didn´t know some castings... Sometimes after all my love to Big Will I cannot imagine him as Neo... ;-D
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Mar 22 20:14
great list! good job! :)
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at May 18 15:45
Kurt Russell as Han Solo... Could've been great!
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jul 16 8:14
Ralph Fiennes instead of John Malkovich in "Disgrace".
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jul 19 1:16
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll look into "Disgrace."
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Aug 4 16:33
Great list! And that's the moment you actually realize you love those movies just the way they are! well, at least for me .... ! ;P
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Aug 4 22:13
Fantastic!!
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Aug 5 17:13
Nice ..........Lance Henriksen was a choice to play The Terminator the movie was flop!!!
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Aug 10 0:04
Don't forget Steve McQueen was offered the lead in Jaws and Close Encounters.
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Aug 18 20:43
I heard that someone else was expected to play Rose in Titanic, but then Kate Winslet got the job :)
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Sep 8 6:07
Man, Face/Off with Schwarzenegger and Stallone could've been really cool. I wish I could see Will Smith Matrix and George Clooney Hancock too.

Great list!
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Sep 8 22:20
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Batman
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Sep 13 12:27
You mentioned matrix up there. Did you know that Russel Crowe turned down the part of Morpheus before it was offered to Fishburne?
Role of Forrest Gump was originaly offered to John Travolta.

Tom Selleck turned down the part of Indiana Jones because he had a contract with Magnum PI. Later on, the role was offered to harrison Ford.

In the movie JFK, Harrison Ford was suposed to play Kevin Costner's part.

Sean Connerey was originaly imagined as Gandalf the Gray.

Tim Burton asked Bill Murray for the part of Bruce Wayne before he turned to Michael Keaton.

You also mentioned The Terminator. Arnold was originaly imagined as Kyle Reese, but he suggest to James Cameron to put him in the role of the machine...
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Sep 14 1:55
Great trivia, Count!

I'd like to think that its a good thing things turned
out the way the movie had, but really, who knows
what it might have been.

Bill Murray as Batman? That would've been something
different, again, who knows!
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 7 7:53
Cindy Williams, Kurt Russell and Robby Benson weren't cast in "Star Wars". They only auditioned.
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Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Feb 19 19:25
Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daryl Hannah and Molly Ringwald were all considered for the role of Vivian Ward in "Pretty Woman" but all four turned it down and of course went to Julia Roberts.

Ringwald also turned down Demi Moore's role in "Ghost" that same year and both movies went on to become box office bonanzas in 1990.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 2 19:40
Most of these movies I can't even imagine them having a different actor than they had later on, but I admit, I would have loved to see Michelle Pfeiffer in The Silence of The Lambs.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 3 14:13
haha what a good laugh !
I adore some of the posters, including Constantine and Terminator :)
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Jun 17 21:07
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for Brokeback Mountain. This made me laugh through all the list. hahaha that would had been Legendary! :P
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Posted: 2 years ago at Oct 22 20:55
Did you made these posters?
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jan 31 8:52
To add to the Matrix entry.. I read an interview with Sean Connery and he said that he turned down the role of Morpheus cause he didnt understand the script. He ended up taking the role on League of Extraordinary Gentlemen because he didnt wanna turn down a role just cause he didnt understand it.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Feb 2 18:08
I really enjoyed reading your list. How interesting and fun! :)
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Feb 17 8:17
John Wayne as Patton (really!)
Double Indemnity...instead of Edward G. Robinson as Keys, wouldja believe Groucho Marx?
relatively common knowledge...Gale Sondergaard as the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz...hard to see her riding a bike, isn't it?
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Feb 17 8:23
Bob Hope originally was to play the lead instead of Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace!!
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Feb 24 10:01
Great List like they say if it is meant to be it will be, so glad the casting had changed. When you hear some of the actors who where offered the role, there is no way they would have pulled it off.
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Mar 11 3:20
You'll never guess in 100 years who their first choice was for Ace Ventura. Seriously, go look it up; you won't believe that fact.
Posted: 1 year, 4 months ago at Jul 12 13:55
Thank God for Ben Stiller in 'Meet the parents'...
Posted: 1 year, 3 months ago at Jul 25 14:47
Here are a few more-Mickey Rooney was offered the role of Archie Bunker. He turned it down-thought it was too nasty. Bing Crosby was offered Columbo-didn't want to work that much.
Lee Marvin turned down both True Grit and Patton. Robert Mitchum turned down Patton, too. He said he was too lazy as an actor to make sure it was as good as possible and he recommended George C Scott. Mitchum also turned down the Tony Curtis role in The Defiant One's. He said that they would have never chained a white man and a black man together in the south and since he was once on a chain gang in GA., he would now that. Steve McQueen turned down Sundance Kid because he always had to have as much dialogue as anyone else. When he did Towering Inferno with Newman, he actuually counted the lines to make sure.
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Sep 16 18:18
Did you know that Tom Cruise was offered the role to Louis in Interview with a Vampire? And Brad Pitt should originally play Lestat? (in the movie it's other way round: Cruise plays Lestat and Pitt plays Louis)
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Sep 17 1:50
Thanks all for the continued comments. Will definitely look up these suggestions.
Posted: 11 months, 4 weeks ago at Nov 26 21:07
Did you know that Keanu Reeves turned down the role of Racer X which went to Matthew Fox in the Speed Racer movie
Posted: 6 months, 3 weeks ago at Apr 30 8:30
At the beginning in American Psycho Leonardo di Caprio was involved in a project with Oliver Stone...
Posted: 6 months, 2 weeks ago at May 5 0:58
Keanu would've been good in Speed Racer...

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