How you doin’, Vince Vaughn?
According to The Huffington Post in an article posted in 2015, the actor was originally up for the role of Joey Tribbiani in “Friends”. The casting director for the NBC sitcom ultimately turned down Vaughn in favour of Matt LeBlanc and the rest is TV history.
Vaughn, now 46, instead went on to star in the indie hit “Swingers” alongside actor Jon Favreau. Coincidentally, Favreau turned down the part of Chandler Bing in the historic television series before Matthew Perry snagged the role.
The live-action “Jungle Book” director did eventually appear in season three of “Friends” as Pete Becker.
Who knows what the landscape of Hollywood would look like had Vaughn and Favreau been cast instead of LeBlanc and Perry. The cast of “Friends” all became international stars off the show’s success, with Jennifer Aniston breaking out as a big-time movie star.
LeBlanc got his own spin-off “Joey”, which ran for two seasons, then took a long hiatus from acting before returning as a fictionalized version of himself in “Episodes”. He also stars in the sitcom “Man With A Plan” (airing on Global) and as a host for British motor vehicle show “Top Gear”.
Vaughn’s success in “Swingers” led to being cast in Steven Spielberg’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and the 1998 remake of “Psycho”. More recently he earned plaudits for his role in the Mel Gibson war drama, “Hacksaw Ridge” in 2016.
Favreau continues to act, but these days is more known in Hollywood for his work as a director and executive producer, with credits including “Elf”, “Iron Man”, and “The Avengers”.