'License To Drive' (1988)
This pic works a little too well. It really makes us wish it were Batman taking the fateful driving test with Uncle Phil from 'Fresh Prince' in the 1988 movie that solidified Haim's star status. Affleck, who auditioned for the role of Les Anderson, was not alone in the audition room -- before being offered the role of Dean, Corey Feldman also tried out for the lead role that went to Haim.
'Runaway Bride' (1999)
While it may seem like this was contrived to reunite the 'Pretty Woman' duo of Gere and Roberts, the film actually languished in development for 10 years (one year before 'Pretty Woman' was even released). Given such a protracted gestation period, many names came and went, including -- that's right, Ben Affleck.
'Glory Road' (2006)
Affleck was set for the role of Coach Don Haskins in this inspiring story of iconoclasm on the basketball court but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. It eventually went to Josh Lucas, who packed on the poundage (43, to be exact) to play the real-life coach.
'Cinderella Man' (2005)
Another sports biography, this one told the story of 'everyman' boxer Jimmy Braddock who defied all odds to become a legend (think 'Rocky' for the Depression Era). Affleck (and his buddy, Matt Damon) were considered for the role, which went to Russell Crowe. You could say Affleck dodged a punch with this one -- Crowe suffered several concussions during the film's production and, at the box office, the film was anything but a knock-out.
'Live Free Or Die Hard' (2007)
Meant to bring the long-running series into the 21st century, 'Die Hard 4.0' saw Bruce Willis reprise his role as John McClane. Rumours suggested this iteration would feature John's son, to be played by Affleck but the studio shot this one down, instead opting for Lucy, John's daughter, who gets embroiled in the high-stakes mess.
'Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past' (2009)
With Affleck as its star (and pal Kevin Smith set to direct) 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' was to enter production back in 2003 but studio execs, paying close attention to the Hollywood Stock Exchange, reneged on the deal following the failure that was 'Gigli'. The irony of Ben's future ex-wife starring in the film years later is lost on no one.
'Gone Baby Gone' (2007)
As close to featuring Ben Affleck without actually featuring Ben Affleck. The film, co-written and directed by Ben, featured Casey -- Ben's younger brother -- in the lead role. Rather than risk spreading himself too thin, Ben chose to focus on his directorial duties and passed the on-camera work to Casey. A win-win(-win, if you count the plaudits earned by co-star Amy Adams), as the film and the talent involved in its making were all praised for their work.
'Brokeback Mountain' (2005)
The role that redefined Heath Ledger's career almost went to Ben Affleck, whose name was attached to the film. Whether it was director Ang Lee who considered Affleck, or Gus Van Sant, who directed Ben in 'Good Will Hunting' and whose name was also attached to 'Brokeback', is anyone's guess.