10 Actors that NEARLY had “IT”
Choosing the right actor for the role can make or break a film, we’re reviewing the casting-near-misses in some of our favourite stories. Grab the popcorn.
- Jennifer Lawrence, Bella Swan, Twilight (2008)
America’s sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence, could have traded in her crossbow for coloured contact lenses, when she auditioned for the role of Bella in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. J-Law said in an interview she “had no idea Twilight would be such a big deal”. But Lawrence didn’t sit around crying for long, after she was given the huge part of Katniss Everdeen that we know and love in the Hunger Games sequel.
- Leonardo Dicaprio, Max Dennison, Hocus Pocus (1993)
Oscar winning actor (finally!) Leonardo DiCaprio is not a name that comes to mind when it comes to casting-misses. DiCaprio passed on the chance to star as Max in Disney’s Hocus Pocus, which came with a hefty sum of money. DiCaprio went against his representation in favour of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, which earned him an Oscar nomination. DiCaprio also had a run in with Christian Bale for the part of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. I think he got over it.
- Christina Applegate, Elle Woods, Legally Blonde (2001)
We couldn’t imagine any other pink princess hopping her way to Harvard, than Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde. As it turns out comedy-queen Christina Applegate was up for the role, but lost out to Reese. Maybe it was the bend and snap.
- Al Pacino, Han Solo, Star Wars (1977)
Mafia boss, Michael Corleone could have been jetting off to a galaxy far far away, if Harrison Ford wasn’t so good at saying “I know”. Al Pacino was originally offered the role of Han Solo, but after not “understanding the script” for George Lucas’ epic space opera, the part went to Ford.
- Gwen Stefani, Jane Smith, Mr & Mrs Smith (2005)
There aren’t many couples, who could light a candle to the on-screen chemistry of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in this American comedy. Grammy award- winning singer Gwen Stefani, almost nabbed the role “I feel like I almost got it. I went to a bunch of auditions”, she revealed “It was very competitive and I wanted to do it but I wanted to do music more”.
- Miles Teller & Emma Watson, Sebastian & Mia, La La Land (2016)
La La Land swept the stage for awards last year, but the movie-musical could have danced in another direction. Miles Teller and Emma Watson were originally set to star as the leading roles, but due to scheduling conflicts neither of them could commit. Teller, on losing out on the role said “I’m a pretty strong believer that everything happens for a reason”. We’ll take any reason to watch Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone collaborate.
- Mindy Kaling, Lillian Donovan, Bridesmaids (2011)
We’re not sure Bridesmaids could be funnier, but it may have been with comedic actress Mindy Kaling, who lost out to former SNL cast member Maya Rudolph. “I practiced it so much and was so into it and I loved that whole cast…that was a heartbreaker”. Kaling created FOX comedy The Mindy Project and is set to join the star studded cast of Ocean’s 8, not too bad…
- Sean Connery, Gandalf, The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring (2001)
Former James Bond, Sean Connery did indeed PASS when he was offered big-bucks ($450 million to be precise) for the iconic role of Gandalf. The Scottish actor reportedly turned down the high-fantasy adventure films as he “didn’t understand the part…I read the book. I read the script. I saw the movie. I still don’t understand it. Ian McKellen, I believe, is marvellous in it.” And so he was and laughing his way to the bank.
- Tom Cruise, Edward, Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Angsty teens may never have got their hands or scissors on Johnny Depp’s memorable performance of this cult-classic. Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. were seriously considered for the role but Tom Cruise was thought to be too “fruitful” and asked for a “happier” ending. Burton was Depp’s first choice for his personal, emotional connection to the story.
- Olivia Wilde, Naomi Lapaglia, Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Olivia Wilde almost played the sultry supporting role of Naomi opposite Di Caprio, but was deemed “too sophisticated” upfront at her audition, which she later discovered was coded for her age. Ridiculous. Wilde had no trouble finding the silver lining, “it shows that if you don’t get something…it may lead to something else”. Wilde was also set to take on Marissa Cooper’s part in The O.C, but creator, Josh Schwartz believed “Marissa was obviously a character who Ryan needs to save and Olivia Wilde needs no saving. She’s pretty tough”. Now THERE’S a reason not to be cast.