The roles that got away

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The roles that got away

Some of the most famous onscreen performances could have been a completely different direction.

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Doris Day as Mrs. Robinson in 'The Graduate'

Journalist Douglass K. Daniel, who wrote “Anne Bancroft: A Life,” told Fox News actress Doris Day (left) originally Mrs. Robinson in 1967's “The Graduate” opposite Dustin Hoffman. However, her husband and manager Martin Melcher allegedly thought the plot was too dirty for America's Sweetheart.

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doris-day -amas- of Music, “But Another Star was aiming to also appear in the film. Angela Cartwright, who played Brigitta von Trapp, told Fox News Mia Farrow (left) original y auditioned for the role of liesel. “[Director] Robert [Wise] had a hard time casting that role because he did not want to face,” explained Cartwright “He liked the idea of ​​having someone who was new to him, but he was very talented and had a very beautiful voice. There was something about Charmian Carr (right). She has these amazing blue eyes and a very distinct voice. a very wise choice there. And she owned it. ” MORE: ACTORS WHO ALMOST GOT THE PART

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Jane Fonda as Rosemary Woodhouse In 'Rosemary's Baby'

Mia Farrow achieved international stardom when she became Rosemary Woodhouse in the 1968 iconic thriller “Rosemary's Baby,” but she was really not the director, Roman Polanski's first choice. Closer Weekly reported Polanski originally considered Jane Fonda for the role However, Fonda chose to appear in then-husband Roger Vadim's space fantasty “Barbarella” instead. MORE: JANE FONDA SLAMMED OVER PLASTIC SURGERY FEUD

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Jennifer Lawrence as Olive in ” Easy A “

During The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable, Jennifer Lawrence playfully confronted Emma Stone about beating her role in the 2010 teen comedy” Easy A. ” “I auditioned for 'Easy A,'” said the 27-year-old. “I wanted it so bad.”

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Henry Winkler as Danny in “Grease”

Henry Winkler, who found fame as Fonzie on “Happy Days,” admitted to turning from the role of Danny from the 1978 film musical “Grease.” Jon Travolta would eventually take On the iconic character. “I turned down the lead role,” Winkler told AARP. Did not want to be typecast But you're typecast anyway And it's not that that I'm like, 'Oh, I should've done the role.' It's that I turned it down intellectually instead of instinctually Listen to your gut – it knows everything Your head knows only some things So I went home and had an orange juice. Leonardo DiCaprio as Max in “Hocus Pocus”

Leonardo DiCaprio was once considered for the role of Max or “the virgin that lit the black candle” in the 1993 Holy Halloween cult classic “Hocus Pocus.” However, film director Kenny Ortega told Entertainment Weekly that the then-19-year-old was also auditioning for “Two boys he really wanted.” DiCaprio will go on to star in “This Boy's Life” and “What's Eating Gilbert Grape.” Actor Omri Katz plays Max. More: 19 Reasons Why 'Hocus Pocus' is The Best Walkthrough Movie

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Clint Eastwood and Chris O'Donnell for 'Men in Black'

“Men in Black” director Barry Sonnenfeld revealed to The Daily News a ctor Chris O'Donnell was considered for the role of Agent J and Clint Eastwood for Agent K. However, he originally had Will Smith and “The very intimidating” Tommy Lee Jones in mind for the film. Sonnenfeld's picks “Men in Black” earned around $ 600 million at the box office. MORE: FAVORITE TV REUNIONS

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Robert Downey Jr. as JD

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John Lithgow as Joker

John Lithgow told Vulture he had considered to play Joker in Tim Burton's 1989 film, ” Batman. ” “I was doing 'M. Butterfly 'on Broadway and it was an exhausting show, “said the 71-year-old actor. “It would have meant leaving that show and going right in a movie, and I said, 'I just do not think I can.' How about that for stupid? Actors are not necessarily smart people. “The role will go on to Jack Nicholson. Morning: Ranking All of the Jokers in the Batman-Verse

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Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep in 'Thelma & Louise? '

In the upcoming book “Off the Cliff,” author Becky Aikman claims actresses Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep were desperate to star in 1991 film “Thelma and Louise.” “They did not have their agents make the call; they did it themselves.” No one did not expect the two friends, box-office champs, and Oscar winners, to campaign for parts, but they showed up to be ready to kill ” Aikman

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Joseph Fiennes as Obi- Wan Kenobi

Joseph Fiennes revealed that he had reached the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars.” “” It was whittled down after many auditions to myself and another fine actor who I was at that time at school, “Fiennes told The Wrap. The role eventually went to Ewan McGregor who went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London around the same time as Fiennes.

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joseph-fiennes-as-obi-wan-kenobi [19659009] “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes told The Hollywood Reporter that the 50-year-old “Nashville” “When the show got picked up [to pilot]I got a phone call from somebody who said, 'This is the perfect show for Connie Britton.' I said, 'It will be, except Olivia Pope is black.' “Kerry Washington was ultimately selected to take on the iconic role, which was inspired by Judy Smith, a former Bush Administration press aide turned-real-life crisis management expert. [19659007] [Press24 News]

Ian McKellen as Dumbledore

Ian McKellen, left, did not know the possibility of playing Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” films after the connie-britton-as-olivia-pope

original actor Richard Harris died because he knew he was not a fan of his “When they called me up and said, I'd be interested in being in 'Harry Potter films, they did not say in what part,” he told BBC's “Harttalk.” “I worked out what they were thinking, and I could not … I could not take over the part from an actor who I did not know did not approve of me. “Michael Gambon, right, got the role in the end.

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Annette Bening in “Batman Returns”

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Emma Watson in “La La Land”

“La La Land” instead of “La La Land,” but she opted to go movie “La la Land”, 14 Academy Award nominations, including A Best Actress Nod for Stone.

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Andrew Garfield in “Narnia”

] Andrew Garfield, left, revealed he miss ed out on a “Narnia” role and Ben Barnes, right, finally got it. “I really wanted to play … this is so silly. There was a 'Narnia' movie. The 'Prince Caspian' film … “he dished to ET.” Ben Barnes finally got it … I think the feedback was 'he's not handsome enough.' What can you do? Hey, I'm not handsome enough for Prince Caspian “

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Eddie Redmayne in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Redmayne really wanted to play Kylo Ren in” The Force Awakens “But he lost the role to Adam Driver. Redmayne recently said he had a” catastrophically bad “audition for the part.

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eddie-redmayne-in-'star-wars: -the-force- Leonardo DiCaprio revealed in a new interview that he turned down the role of Anakin Skywalker. DiCaprio told Shortlist. “[I] Just did not feel ready to take that dive. At that point. “

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1959's “Some Like It Hot” because of the comedian said, director of the mood of the museum of Moving Image, at the talk of Martin Scorsese. Lewis said, according to the Post. Lewis said the film's director called him the idiot who turned down “Some Like It Hot” and Lemmon, who has a role for Oscar nomination “sent me chocolates”

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Cameron Diaz in 'Mortal Kombat'

“Mortal Kombat” producer Lauri Apelian told the Hollywood Reporter that they originally cast Cameron Diaz in the lead role but the film's production company was concerned Diaz was “not a household name” at the time. In the end, they went with Bridgette Wilson-Sampras

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Christina Applegate in' Legally Blonde '[19659006]

Christina Applegate passed the leading role in “Legally Blonde” because she was scared of being typecast. She said, “The script came with my way and it was right after I had just finished, 'Married [With Children],' and it was a blonde who in the first script is dimwitted but Yale, or Harvard, I do not remember. But I was scared. I got scared, kind of repeating myself. ” While we're sure Applegate would have done a great job, we're happy to pass it as well as Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods.

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Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Clueless'

“Clueless” director Amy Heckerling knew Alicia Silverstone was the right actress for the lead role in the iconic' 90s film, but that did not stop the film's executives from exploring other options. Heckerling revealed actresses Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and others were considered to be part of Cher Horowitz. Nearly 20 years after the film was released, it's hard to imagine anyone besides Silverstone for the role.

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Jada Pinkett Smith in 'The Matrix' Keanu Reeves The actress told Howard Stern on his radio show that she and Reeves “did not, uh, really click.” When she admitted that she was bummed to have lost her role, she now thinks Moss was the right choice.

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“Justified” star Timothy Olyphant told Conan O'Brien he screened for the role of Tony Stark for “Iron Man” on the same day Robert Downey Jr. did “I'm still waiting to hear back,” Olyphant said. “It could be a real game changer.”

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Jeremy Sisto in 'Titanic'

It's hard to imagine anyone but Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack in “Titanic,” but “Clueless” star Jeremy Sisto revealed he almost nabbed the part. Sisto eventually lost the part to DiCaprio but has since gone on to star in “Suburgatory” and had a reoccurring role on HBO's “Six Feet Under.”

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Reese Witherspoon in' Gone Girl '

“Gone Girl” director David Fincher did not feel Reese Witherspoon was right for Ben Affleck's wife in the 2014 thriller. “We had a long conversation where [Fincher] was like, 'You're right for it. And this is why,” Witherspoon told The Hollywood Reporter. No hard feelings, [5] 19659008] Reese-Witherspoon-in-'gone-girl '

Neil Patrick Harris

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Belive it or not, Neil Patrick Harris turned down a role in the mega-hit series “American Horror Story” for personal reasons. He said he and husband David Burtka had offered a role after they had just played a couple that disliked each other in a movie. “… I thought, it just looks weird to do that … So I said, 'No,' that we should not do. And I said, I just do not want us “

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Bill Murray as Forrest?

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Reba in 'Titanic?'

Country superstar Reba McEntire was director James Cameron's first choice for Molly Brown in “Titanic.” The role, which eventually went to Kathy Bates, was turned down by McEntire due to scheduling conflicts. Although “Titanic” went on to a huge success, we thought Reba's done pretty well for herself.

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Jennie Garth in' Saved by the Bell? '

Before Jennie Garth and Tiffani Thiessen became BFFs on the set of “Beverly Hills, 9021 0 “only to have a mysterious and public fall out years later, the two are up for the same role on another early 80s late 90s TV classics. Garth was up against Thiessen for the role of Kelly Kapowski on “Saved By the Bell.” Thiessen eventually won out and we could not help but wonder if that made some tension that eventually led to their famous feud. PHOTOS: Biggest celebrity feuds ever

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Katie Holmes in' Orange Is the New Black '

“Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan revealed that she originally wanted to play Holi to play Netflix hit. “I'm a big fan of [Holmes]. I met with her originally for Piper, I believe,” Kohan told E! News But because no one knew the show will be such a success and Holmes was “busy” with other projects at the time, Taylor Schilling (R) was cast as Piper Chapman.

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Lucy Hale in '50 Shades of Gray?'

uncomfortable “” Fifty Shades of Gray “audition. “It was a two-page monologue of exactly what you would think it would be,” she told MTV News. “Very uncomfortable,” Hale continued her audition. “But it was kind of one of those things where you just wanted to look lame-hopefully, I did not look lame.” In the end, the gig went to Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith's daughter, Dakota Johnson (R).

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Ah-nold's iconic role was reported to Mel Gibson, who turned it down. And thankfully so, because the words “I'll Be Back” just will not be the same effect coming from Mel.

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Robin Williams as the Joker?

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Nicolas Cage as 'Iron Man'

Nicolas Cage as 'Iron Man'

It's hard to picture the marvel trilogy being as wildly successful without Robert Downey, Jr. starring as Tony Stark, aka “Iron Man.” But this movie was a long time in the making.

Back in 1997, Nic Cage was one of the first actors to express interest in the part. Luckily for audiences, filming did not actually start until a decade later, and Robert Downey,

Check out which other stars were in the running for some of Hollywood's biggest parts.

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Zooey Deschanel in 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Jennifer Lawrence has taken the Oscar for starring as recently widowed Tiffani Maxwell, but that role almost happened to Zooey Deschanel Producers also considered Vince Vaughn for Bradley Cooper's part.

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Tom Cruise as Salt

The 2010 spy thriller, “Salt” supposed to be have a male lead portraying the title of Edwin A. Salt and Tom Cruise But then Angelina Jolie was apparently caught in the wind of the script, and that's how Evelyn Salt came to be.

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Thomas Jane as Don Draper?

“I started, literally, on the very, very bottom,” Jon Hamm says of getting the part of Don Draper on AMC's “Mad Men.” “I was not on anybody's list … The funny thing was, I think they went to Thomas Jane for it, and they were told that Thomas Jane does not do television.”

Thomas has since been clearly changed his tune,

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Lindsay Lohan in ' The Hangover '?

The first two installation of “The Hangover” were wildly popular and a third hit hit screens on May 23. All the stars in the movie became the names of the people and revamped their careers with this laugh-out -loud comedy But Lindsay was not one of them.

She reportedly turned down the role of Jade, the stripper, who was later given to Heather Graham. Lindsay, back in 2009, apparently felt that the script “had no potential.”

Boy, was wrong

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“The Matrix” trilogy was wildly successful with Keanu Reeves as the star, Neo But Will Smith accepted the part? Will does not think so.

“You know, 'The Matrix' is a difficult concept to pitch,” he explains. “In the pitch, I just did not see it. I watched Keanu's performance – and very rarely do I say this – but I would have messed it up. “

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Hugh Jackman as James Bond?

Before Daniel Craig was dubbed the new Bond in 2006, Hugh Jackman was approached by MI6 agent.

“I got a call from my agent saying, 'is there Some possible interest in you for Bond, are you interested? '”Hugh Jackman recalls.” At the time I was not. I was about to shoot 'X-Men 2' and Wolverine had become this thing in my life and I did not want to do two such iconic characters at once. “

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Jennifer Lawrence in 'Twilight'?

The Oscar winner tried out the role of Bella Swan in the “Twilight” series. She was expected better off spending Her time working on “Hunger Games” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Leave the “Twilight” series and Razzy Awards to Kristen Stewart.

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Emma Stone in 'Heroes'?

The funny actress tried out the lead in “Heroes” after starring opposite Jonah Hill in “Superbad.” [19659135] “I could hear that, in the other room, a girl had just gone in and they were saying, 'You are our pick … On a scale of one to 10 you're a 11,'” Emma recalls. Panetti ere was the lucky gal who got the role “I went home and just had this meltdown,” she says.

We could not picture her cheerleader uniform anyhow.

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Burt Reynolds in 'Pretty Woman '?

The actor was offered the role of Edward Lewis in “Pretty Woman” but ultimately declined.

He later joked with Piers Morgan in 2012 that after he saw the film and the love-making scenes with Julia Roberts, that he regretted not taking the part.

Doh!

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Robert De Niro in' Big '?

The 1988 hit did not have been the same without Tom Hanks as Josh, but that role has almost gone to Robert De Niro.

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Susan Sarandon in' Rocky '?

Susan read for the role of Rocky's love interest, Adrian (Talia Shire), but producers thought she was “too attractive” to play the part.

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Susan Sarandon in 'Rocky'?

Quentin Tarantino recently told Vanity Fair that Daniel Day-Lewis was in the running of Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction.” Day-Lewis had apparently read the script and wanted in the movie, too. But after much debate, the role finally went to John Travolta.

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Susan Sarandon in' Rocky '?

The 1990 mobster flick did not have been the same without Ray Liotta in the lead as Henry Hill. But if producer Irwin Winkler got his way, Tom Cruise would have starred instead

“Tom Cruise was discussed. Marty [Scorsese, the director] wanted Ray [Liotta],” he explains. “Frankly I thought we could do a lot better.”

That was had Ray won him over. “My wife [and I] was having dinner in a restaurant and lo and behold, Ray Liotta came over to me. He said, 'Look, I know you do not really want me for it, but …'

Let's check out some other flicks that almost starred someone else.

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Nicolas Cage as 'The Wrestler?'

The 2008 role that revamped Mickey Rourke's career and won him a Golden Globe, almost did not happen. Nicolas Cage was previously in talks to star as Randy “The Ram” Robinson.

It is probably all came down to the fact that no one wants to see his shirt off.

(AP / 20th Century Fox)

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Eminem in' Wanted? '

Mark Millar, the writer and creator of the comic who was based, reportedly started the rumor that eminem was attached to the flick. The illustrations of Wesley Gibson in his stories

“I'm really excited about the possibility of [Eminem] playing the lead role,” Mark said at the time. “Universal have already been in talks with his people.”

Apparently that was not really true since it was news to them James McAvoy end up playing the lead.

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O.J. Simpson in 'Terminator?'

This one is so good it looks like, but famed footballer O.J. According to one report, producers thought he was “too nice” to be seriously as a killer.

Turns out a jury thought that, too.

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Haley Joel Osment in' Harry Potter? '

When the book series was first in negotiations to make it to the big screen, Steven Spielberg was in talks with an animated movie. He envisioned Haley Joel Osment from “The Sixth Sense” reading for Harry Potter.

Luckily for Daniel Radcliffe that plan did not work out.

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Kate Winslet in' Bridget Jones's Diary? '

Lots of ladies were considered for bridget jones

British actresses Kate Winslet, Helena Bonham Carter and Rachel Weisz were all running in the British singleton. Ultimately, Renee, a Texas native, snagged the part that will forever change her career.

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Eric Stoltz in 'Back to the Future?'

Fans of “Back to the Future” Michael J. Fox in the starring role as Marty McFly

When he was first offered the part, Michael was busy shooting “Family Ties” and had been turned down the role. So producers started filming the trilogy with Eric Stoltz.

They reportedly were not happy with how things were going and eventually found a way to make it work with Michael J. Fox at night after the movie “Family Ties.”

Who knows if the movie had been the cult hit it is without Michael as the star.

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Molly Ringwald in' Pretty Woman? '

Molly Ringwald was a star in the' 80s and the first choice to play Vivian Ward in “Pretty Woman” (1990). Some other actresses considered for the part? Meg Ryan, Kim Basinger, Sandra Bullock and Heather Locklear.

Oddly enough, Richard Gere was the first choice to play Edward Lewis either. Al Pacino and Christopher Reeve were reportedly originally considered for the part.

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[1965937] “Nobody puts baby in the corner”, “Wally in the ring” reportedly turned down the role of Johnny in “Dirty Dancing” because he did not want to be a heart throb.

You definitely do not have to worry about that, Val!

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Nicole Kidman in 'The Reader?'

The lead character in “The Reader” was originally supposed to be played by Kate Winslet, but she was replaced by Nicole Kidman due to a scheduling conflict with “Revolutionary Road.”

However, it seems as though the second generation in the “The Reader” since Nicole Kidman had bowed out when she was pregnant.

Kate ultimately got the role back and earned her a Academy Award.

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John Travolta in' Forrest Gump? '

John Travolta reportedly still regrets turning down the title role in “Forrest Gump. “

Tom Hanks playing the slow-talking gump.

Tom did such a good job that it snagged him his second Oscar win.

That's all I gotta say about that …

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John Travolta in 'Forrest Gump?'

 

Katherine Heigl's big film debut in “Knocked Up” only happened because other leading ladies turned down the part.

“I turned down another movie because it was going to show a vagina–not mine, but somebody else's,” said Anne Hathaway at the time. “And I didn't believe that it was actually necessary to the story.”

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Tom Cruise in 'Shawshank Redemption?'

 

The 1994 movie seemed practically made for Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. But if Rob Reiner was in the director's seat he would have had it differently.

He wanted Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford to star as Andy Dufresne and “Red” respectively. Luckily Frank Darabont directed the cult classic instead.

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Christopher Walken in 'Star Wars?'

 

Harrison Ford may be an awesome Han Solo, but he wasn't the only one considered for the part.

Nick Nolte, Al Pacino and Christopher Walken were all considered to play the lead in “Star Wars.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Titanic?'

 

Can you picture Gwyneth Paltrow posing for her portrait in the buff, just wearing a necklace?

Neither can we.

But she was apparently considered for the lead as Rose Dewitt.

The studio also wanted director James Cameron to consider Matthew McConaughey for the part of Jack, but he wanted Leonardo DiCaprio.

(AP)


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Mark Wahlberg in 'Brokeback Mountain?'

 

Tough guy Mark Wahlberg was reportedly “creeped out” by the graphic sexual nature of “Brokeback Mountain” and turned down the part of Ennis Del Mar that was ultimately played by Heath Ledger.

Joaquin Phoenix was also considered to play Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Jack Twist.

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Mark Wahlberg in 'Brokeback Mountain?'

The 1981 movie was almost made with Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones instead of Harrison Ford.

Unfortunately Tom had to turn down the role due to his recently signed contract to star as “Magnum P.I.”

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