Christian Bale Almost Played George W. Bush In 2008's 'W'
Before he played the Golden Globe-winning role of Dick Cheney in “Vice”, Christian Bale was up for another role as a prominent political figure, former U.S. President George W. Bush.
In 2008, Bale was tapped to portray Bush in Oliver Stone’s “W”.
“Well frankly, Christian’s a very methodical actor,” Stone told MTV at the time of the flick’s release. “And he has to have the makeup thing work for him.”
The role in "W" ultimately went to Josh Brolin and in 2018’s “Vice”, Sam Rockwell took on the role of the former U.S. President.
Benedict Cumberbatch Almost Starred In ‘True Blood’
Ten years later, “True Blood” creator Alan Ball reveals it was difficult to find the right actor to play the good-looking vampire Bill Compton. Ball took his search to London, where he met Benedict Cumberbatch to read for Bill; unfortunately, he didn’t reveal why Cumberbatch would not be cast as one of TV’s sexiest vampires.
‘Saved By The Bell’ Star Tiffani Thiessen Almost Played Rachel on ‘Friends’
“Saved by the Bell” star Tiffani Thiessen recently revealed she was up for the role as Rachel on the 1994 sitcom, “Friends”. In the end, the role of Rachel went to Jennifer Aniston.
“I was a little too young to the pairing of the rest of them,” Thiessen told Nikki Glaser during an interview on her SiriusXM radio show. The 44-year-old actress later applauded Aniston for her role, calling her “very, very funny”.
Thiessen is now staring in a Netflix sitcom, “Alexa and Kate”.
Denzel Washington Passed On ‘Seven’
“’Seven’ script was too demonic," said Denzel while being interviewed by Jamie Foxx. Despite not starring in the film, Washington nevertheless thought the movie was great.
Oliver Hudson's Big Trip
Oliver Hudson reveals he almost snagged the role of Jack Pearson on "This Is Us", but turned down a chemistry read with Mandy Moore in favour of a 10-day fishing trip.
“So I went in and read, and it went very well, and they wanted me to come and do a chemistry read with Mandy Moore," he told the "The Ladygang, Splitting Up Together" podcast. "But this will tell you how much I love to fish.”
Kristin Davis Swaps Roles
Kristin Davis may be one of the stars of "Sex and the City", but she was originally considered for another role. The show's creator Darren Star recently revealed he first offered the lead role of Carrie Bradshaw to Davis, not Sarah Jessica Parker.
Selma Blair Was Almost On 'Dawson's Creek'
Katie Holmes role on "Dawson's Creek" almost went to Selma Blair.
The shows creator Kevin Williamson says, “I really loved Selma until, of course, I got the infamous videotape from the basement of the Holmes family in Toledo, Ohio."
Katherine Heigl Was Almost On ‘Dawson’s Creek’
Beloved teen drama “Dawson’s Creek” almost had a very different Jen Lindley. Writer Kevin Williamson revealed Katherine Heigl almost nabbed the part that went to Michelle Williams. "She looked slightly older at that time. Even though she was younger, I just think she was more mature," he told EW. “She gave a great audition, I remember we were all sort of like, ‘Wow, she's good.'" But once Williams walked in the door and auditioned with a scene between Jen and her dying grandpa, Heigl was out of the picture.
John C. Reilly Could Have Been In 'The Wire'
Co-creator of "The Wire" David Simon has revealed that John C. Reilly was in discussions to play Det. Jimmy McNulty on the gritty HBO drama (the role ultimately went to Dominic West). "Certainly not the same, but I thought he could carry all of the excesses and vices of McNulty in a different way," Simon explained in a new book, "All The Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire".
Jonathan Taylor Thomas Was Almost In 'American Pie'
"Home Improvement" star Jonathan Taylor Thomas almost played the role of Jim Levinstein in "American Pie", but opted out, with Jason Biggs taking over the coveted spot. "Theoretically, he could have done it but at the time, I think it didn’t fit with his more family-oriented brand," said Biggs. Thomas has since made guest appearances on shows like "8 Simple Rules", "Smallville", and "Last Man Standing".
Michelle Pfeiffer Regrets Passing On 'Thelma & Louise'
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer talks to Variety magazine about passing up on a role in the 1991 classic, "Thelma and Louise". “I still can't watch 'Thelma & Louise'," she says. “It was a direct conflict, so it was one film or the other. It still kills me. You can’t always do everything. You’ve got to give something up.”
Matt LeBlanc Turned Down 'Modern Family'
Matt LeBlanc is currently starring in both "Man With a Plan" and "Extras", but a few years back the former "Friends" star was offered the role of Phil Dunphy on "Modern Family", which eventually went to Ty Burrell. As LeBlanc tells USA Today, the "Modern Family" pilot script "came across my desk with an offer to play Ty Burrell’s role. I remember reading it thinking, this is a really good script, [but] I’m not the guy for this. I’d be doing the project an injustice to take this. I know what I can do, I know what I can’t do. Plus, I’m having too much fun laying on the couch.”
Billy Idol Almost Fought Ahnuld In 'Terminator 2'
If things had gone another way, moviegoers in the 1990s would have been thrilling to Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator squaring off against rocker Billy Idol — and not Robert Patrick — in the first "Terminator" sequel. As Patrick explains in a recent interview, Idol's 1990 motorcycle accident (in which he badly broke his leg) opened the door for the actor to land his signature role. "Billy Idol was set to do the role of the T-1000, as I understand. I can tell you that I saw Billy's image when I went to Stan Winston after I got the role," says Patrick. "Unfortunately, he got into a motorcycle accident and busted up his leg, so he wasn't able to physically do what the role demanded."
Woody Harrelson Missed Out On 'Dumb And Dumber' Role
"Shock And Awe" star Woody Harrelson recently revealed how he almost nabbed a role in the 1994 hit movie "Dumb And Dumber".
The actor lost the role over a game of pool with longtime friend and co-director of the film, Peter Farrelly. The two had a bet that if Harrelson lost the match he would star in the film but if he won, he would not be a part of it.
Harrelson did admit he is not sure he would have been able to play Jeff Daniels' part as well as he did.
John Lithgow Regrets Passing Up 'Batman' Role
John Lithgow has opened up about his acting regrets. The "Footloose" star was approached by director Tim Burton to play the Joker in the 1989 smash hit but Lithgow turned it down.
"I have never told anyone this story," he said, "but I tried to persuade him I was not right for the part, and I succeeded. I didn't realize it was such a big deal."
This was the second time Lithgow missed out on a role. His first time was with director Joe Dante for his never-made "Batman" film. Dante had planned to cast Lithgow as the Joker, but the actor said he was doing "M. Butterfly" on Broadway and it was exhausting. "It would have meant leaving that show and going right into a movie, and I said, 'I just don't think I can.'"
Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, And Cher Nearly Starred in ‘Thelma And Louise’
Before Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon were chosen by “Thelma and Louise” director Ridley Scott, several combinations of leading women were considered. A new book written by Becky Aikman, “Off The Cliff”, explores what went on in pre-production. “Cher could have been quite good, I think. She could have played either part,” studio chief Alan Ladd, Jr. said., but Scott found that the iconic star wouldn’t deliver the humour he saw in the script. Soon, Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn pitched themselves for Thelma and Louise. No agents, just the actors themselves campaigned for the parts and even suggested alternate endings.
Diane Lane Auditioned For ‘Pretty Woman’
Diane Lane tells “Watch What Happens Live” that she – and most of Hollywood – auditioned for the role that eventually went to Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman”. The “Man Of Steel” actress says the 1990 feel-good romcom had a much darker story when she read for the role of the escort, ending with the character being physically kicked out of Richard Gere’s rolling limo. “She was delusional that she thought this guy was really in love with her. She was only hired for the weekend, and we had such compassion for her,” Lane reveals.
Dwayne Johnson Really Wanted To Be 'Jack Reacher'
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took to Twitter to reveal he went after the role of Jack Reacher in the movie of the same name, which ultimately went to Tom Cruise.
He wrote: "Yup, luv the character. Bout 10yrs ago I went after the role, but Cruise got it. Was great motivation for me to always stay hungry."
Vin Diesel Wasn't The First Choice For 'Fast and Furious'
"The Fate of the Furious" producer Neil H. Moritz revealed that "Justified"'s Timothy Olyphant was originally tapped to play Dominic Toretto, a role that ultimately went to Vin Diesel, who has become synonymous with the franchise.
Kerry Washington Nearly Missed Out On ‘Scandal’
Talk about a “Scandal”! Kerry Washington tells The Hollywood Reporter network execs wanted Connie Britton for the role of Olivia Pope on the hit drama. Show creator Shonda Rhimes fought for a black actress for the lead, casting Kerry over Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose. Washington’s casting made her the first black woman to lead a drama series in 37 years.
Emma Watson Was Originally Cast In 'La La Land'
Emma Watson had originally landed the role of Mia in "La La Land" but dropped out of the project to focus on "Beauty And The Beast". The role eventually went to Emma Stone.
David Bowie Was Almost Gandalf
David Bowie was almost Gandalf the Grey in "The Lords Of The Rings".
Director Peter Jackson was interested in casting Bowie, but the Thin White Duke was too busy to make the filming schedule work, according to the original casting director.
Ian McKellen was ultimately cast in the now-iconic role.
Eddie Murphy Almost Appeared In 'Star Trek IV'
Trekkies are divided as to which is the best "Star Trek" flick, but the argument is usually between "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home", but would the latter have been better had Eddie Murphy been a part of it? In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, "Star Trek IV" screenwriter Steve Meerson reveals that an early version of the script had Eddie Murphy playing an astrophysicist at Berkeley who assists the Enterprise crew. When the studio's deal with Murphy fell through, the script was altered to introduce a new character, Dr. Gillian Taylor (played by Catherine Hicks), a present-day marine biologist who also becomes Captain Kirk's love interest.
Miles Teller Loses Out On 'La La Land' Lead
Miles Teller is singing to a different tune, after losing the leading role of "La La Land" to Ryan Gosling. He told Vanity Fair he wasn't upset with the outcome: "Everything happens for a reason."
Eddie Redmayne Auditioned For Kylo Ren
Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne reveals he auditioned for the role of Kylo Ren in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
"They give you a scene from 'Pride and Prejudice', but then they tell you you’re auditioning for the baddie. If you’re me, you then put some ridiculous voice on," the actor said in an interview.
Ryan Gosling Lost Out On Role In 'Gilmore Girls'
While Ryan Gosling is earning raves for his performance in critically acclaimed musical "La La Land", that wasn't the case back in the day when the Canadian actor auditioned for a small part in "Gilmore Girls". According to the show's casting director, Gosling blew his audition, admitting he "just fell flat."
Matt Damon Was Almost Cast In 'Dead Poets Society'
In a recent interview, Matt Damon revealed he and pal Ben Affleck had both received callbacks for roles in "Dead Poets Society" — but neither landed a role. '“When it came out, Ben and I worked at a movie theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the one movie they played all summer was 'Dead Poets Society'. And we had to sit there in our black pants, white shirt, maroon vest, black bow tie, sit there, tearing tickets, serving popcorn, and then watch people bawling their eyes out as they came out. And we’re like, ‘That could have been us.’”
DiCaprio Nearly Starred In 'Baywatch'
Leonardo DiCaprio came close to nabbing the role of David Hasselhoff’s son in the original “Baywatch” series, producers revealed recently.
Rachel McAdams Was Almost Cast In 'The Devil Wears Prada'
Anne Hathaway cemented her career alongside Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada", but if the studio had their way they would have gone with Rachel McAdams instead. According to a a oral history about the film in Variety, it was revealed that McAdams repeatedly turned down the role before it finally went to Hathaway.
Alec Baldwin And Aidan Quinn Could Have Been In 'Sex And The City'
It's hard to see now, but there was a time when Darren Star (creator of 'Sex and the City') wanted Alec Baldwin to play Mr. Big in the iconic series. Big (who was played by Chris Noth) was Carrie Bradshaw 's one and only love no matter who else tried to take her heart. Not only that, but Star was aiming for 'Elementary' star, Aidan Quinn, to play Bradshaw's other love interest, Aidan ( who was played by John Corbett).
Jennifer Connelly Almost Starred In 'Heathers'
In a recent interview, Winona Ryder revealed that Jennifer Connelly was the first choice to play the female lead in 'Heathers' that ultimately went to her. "I auditioned and they were like, ‘Oh, thanks.’ And I went to the Beverly Center to Macy’s and had them do a makeover on me," says Ryder, who was 15 at the time. “I went back because I kind of knew that they thought I wasn’t pretty enough. They were trying to get Jennifer Connelly.”
Elizabeth Olsen In 'Fuller House'
Now that would have been good. After Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen declined the offer to star in the "Full House" sequel "Fuller House," John Stomas suggested calling up their younger sister, Elizabeth. Sadly, Elizabeth's agent also declined the offer saying: "Come on she's not going to do that." It was worth a shot, Stamos!
Jennifer Lawrence Almost Starred In 'Hateful Eight'
Jennifer Lawrence once sat down Quentin Tarantino to talk about starring in "The Hateful Eight," the director revealed to Entertainment Weekly. The role of Daisy eventually went Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Cate Blanchett Almost In 'The Martian'
In a recent interview, director Ridley Scott spilled the beans that Cate Blanchett nearly had the role in his sci-fi film 'The Martian' that ultimately went to Jessica Chastain. "Cate last year, she was going to play in 'The Martian'. She was going to be the captain, Jessica [Chastain] doesn’t know that," revealed Scott.
Jessica Simpson In 'Coyote Ugly'?
In a recent interview, producer David McNally reveals that Jessica Simpson was a "serious contender" for the role in 'Coyote Ugly' that ultimately went to Piper Perabo. Also under consideration for the same part was "Who Will Save Your Soul" singer Jewel.
Charlize Theron Dodged A 'Showgirls' Sized Bullet
During an interview with the New York Daily News, "Showgirls" director, Paul Verhoeven, revealed he almost cast Charlize Theron in the 1995 film. "She was good and wanted the part," Verhoeven said of the then barely known actress, adding "but basically, she was not well known enough at the time and just did not fit the part, so we said 'no.'" The part would eventually go to Elizabeth Banks whose career would never recover from the bomb of a film. Panned by critics as the worst movie ever made, Verhoeven takes all the blame, saying "it was all my fault. If somebody has to be blamed, it should be me because I thought that it was interesting." However badly it was received in 1995, the film (which was the first ever to receive MPAA's NC-17 rating) has gone on to become a cult classic, earning more than $100 million. It is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this year.
Pierce Brosnan's Naiveté To Blame For Missing Out On Caped Crusader Role
He might have nabbed the role of James Bond, but Pierce Brosnan recently opened up about missing out on playing Tim Burton's Batman in 1989 due to being "naive". "I knew it was Batman but I just didn't think that was going to fly. I was naive. I was silly," the actor dished during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Thursday. According to the 62-year-old Irish actor, he was one of the contenders for the dark knight, but just couldn't come to grips with the concept of the superhero films. "That's kind of a grey area in whether I declined or not. I was kind of hesitant about the whole thing. I couldn't quite get my head around it," Brosnan said. The role eventually went to Michael Keaton and became a box office success, earning a then-record-setting opening weekend of $43.6 million.
Cameron Diaz Missed Out On 'Mortal Kombat'
Cameron Diaz almost got the lead female in "Mortal Kombat" back in the '90s, but lost out to Bridgette Wilson. It was probably for the best considering we don't hear much from Wilson these days.
Christina Applegate Turned Down 'Legally Blonde'
In an interview with ET, Christina Applegate reveals she turned down the role of Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde": "I got scared. I got scared of kind of repeating myself." Admitting, "what a stupid move that was" considering the success of the film.
Alec Baldwin Missed out On 'Goodfellas'
Henry Hill could have been played by Alec Baldwin! The star was very interested in the role and recently told Howard Stern, he "had auditioned for the part in Goodfellas. I had went to Scorsese’s apartment, and I went and auditioned for Scorsese.”
Matt Bomer Was Almost The 'Man Of Steel'
During an interview at Comic-Con, Matt Bomer reveals he almost had the role of Superman in 'Man of Steel' that ultimately went to Henry Cavill. "Okay, looks like this is going to happen,’" he recalls of nearly getting the part, "and then it slowly fell apart.”
Jon Hamm - Nick Dunne In 'Gone Girl'
The one thing that could have made "Gone Girl" better? Jon Hamm as Nick Dunne. Page Six is reporting, "[Mad Men" creator] Matt [Weiner] wouldn't let Hamm out of his contract to do "Gone Girl", sources told the publication. "Jon was really upset about it at the time -- and is still upset, because he's thinking about the future of his career as Mad Men comes to a close."
Reese Witherspoon And Angelina Jolie Were Potential 'Clueless' Cast
A recent feature in Vanity Fair opens up about the iconic film "Clueless" with directors and writers Amy Heckerling, Carrie Frazier and Marcia Cross. Apparently the role of Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone, could have been played by Reese Witherspoon or Angelina Jolie. "I met with Reese [Witherspoon] because everyone said, 'This girl's amazing. She's going to be huge,'" Heckerling says about Witherspoon. Heckerling admits Witherspoon was amazing, but Silverstone was meant for the role. As for Jolie? "Angelina never came in [to audition] for the project. I was just looking at her tape. I remember an agent pitching her, and I'm going, 'No, no, no, this is exactly the opposite of what I need for this," Frazier says.
Jeremy Sisto - Jack Dawson In 'Titanic'
Jeremy Sisto revealed he was up for Leonardo DiCaprio's role in James Cameron's blockbuster 'Titanic'. "That was one of the many, many jobs I didn’t get," Sisto says. "It’s always fun to see a movie that you know really well and love with this alternate-universe person in there. So while I was a little embarrassed to reveal one of my many failures in life, at the same time I couldn’t deprive Titanic lovers of seeing that alternate universe... I was just insanely inspired by it and a little heartbroken when the role didn’t come my way."
Bill Murray - Forest Gump in 'Forest Gump' & Joe Miller in 'Philiadelphia'
Who better to get the goods out of Bill Murray than Howard Stern? The actor opened up to the talk show host during his SiriusXM program "The Howard Stern Show" about passing on two pretty choice film roles: "Forrest Gump" and "Philadelphia". Known to have passed on some high-profile roles over his years in the business, Murray shed some light on why he chose not to play Joe Miller in Philadelphia (a role later filled by Denzel Washington) and the title role in Robert Zemeckis' 1994 award-winning epic. On "Philadelphia," Murray tells Stern that the role was "on the back burner," and that "he would have liked to have done that one." Telling the "America's Got Talent" judge that "he did have conversations" about taking on the role of Forrest Gump, adding "I think I had the original book and all that sort of stuff," but admits he's somehow never seen the film.
Julia Roberts – Annie Reed in “Sleepless in Seattle"
Sure, Julia already had "Pretty Woman" under her belt, the role that propelled her to stardom. But did you know she could have nabbed another classic film a mere three years later? Yes, it seems Julia was offered the co-lead in "Sleepless in Seattle" opposite Tom Hanks. Alas, she simply wasn't able to work it into her schedule. Regrets? Naw. "[Meg Ryan] and Tom Hanks are just such a jewel of a fit in that," she says in the September issue of InStyle.
Anthony Michael Hall – Pvt. J.T. 'Joker' Davis in “Full Metal Jacket”
Oh, what could have been. Everyone>s favourite Brat Packer was the top choice to star in Stanley Kubrick>s Viet Nam-era masterpiece. Alas, after eight months (!) of negotiations, Hall>s agent was unable to pull the trigger, so to speak. One man with zero complaints re: how things went down? Matthew Modine, who ended up getting the part.
Nicolas Cage – John Bender in “The Breakfast Club”
Another case of 'not enough cash.> Loveably quirky Nic cage could have been 'The Breakfast Club>s' resident tough-guy-in-detention were it not for producers balking at his salary demands. Although nearly 30 years later, it>s hard to imagine anyone but Judd Nelson doing justice to the brooding character.
Will Smith – Django in “Django Unchained”
Not a money issue in this case. Although Quentin Tarantino lobbied for the Fresh Prince to take the part, our pal Will passed. Why? Because it wasn>t big enough. Specifically, Christophe Waltz would end up getting more screen time, something that didn>t sit quite right with the big-time movie star. Jamie Foxx was more than happy to rise to the occasion, mind you, and the end result was pretty darn swell.
Britney Spears – Allie Calhoun in “The Notebook”
Any romance film needs a decent script to succeed, but casting is just as important - especially for its two leads. Which makes us wonder how 'The Notebook' would have fared had pop diva Britney Spears taken the role of Allie. Believe it or not, it nearly happened. But in the end, fate stepped in and Rachel McAdams nabbed the gig. Yay Canadians!
Jennifer Lawrence – Bella Swan in “Twilight”
'The Hunger Games' is certainly no slouch of a film franchise, with the second installment gearing up to make a gazillion dollars at the box office. So perhaps it>s not surprising its butt-kicking lead - Jennifer Lawrence - nearly starred in another global phenomenon, the 'Twilight' series. Although for our money, nobody mopes up the screen with vampires better than the lovely Kristen Stewart.