These Iconic Movies Would Be VERY Different Based On Their Original Casting. Star Wars… OMG!
There are actors that were born to play a role that made them superstars. Their performances were so iconic that one cannot imagine any other actor playing that part. In essence, these great actors were, ‘born to play the part.’ However, for a lot of these memorable films, the actors that put forth phenomenal performances were not the first choice. The following list chronicles the surprising casting preferences of directors and movie studios. Some are hard to believe.
Michael Keaton turned down Groundhog Day which would later prove successful for comedian Bill Murray. Luckily for Keaton he is enjoying a comeback with Birdman.
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Bill Murray was in talks to play Forrest Gump. The titled role went to Tom Hanks. The role itself gave Hanks his second Academy Awards win for Best Actor in a lead role in 1995.
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Matt Damon turned down the opportunity to play Two-Face in The Dark Knight. No harm, the role went to Aaron Eckhart.
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When Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the lead role of American Psycho, Christian Bale jumped at the opportunity despite warnings that it would be career suicide. He nailed his American accent to perfection in the cult classic that at the wrap party when speaking in his native Welch accent, production thought it was an accent he was preparing for another film.
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