I’m always fascinated when I read about how famous movies were supposed to have a very different cast. Most are such huge roles that it’s honestly impossible to imagine another actor as the first choice.
This is especially hard when the first choice has a totally different screen personality from the one we associate with the role. I’ve tried to picture an old Frank Sinatra as the John McClane in Die Hard, and I really can’t.
Ok, bad example. I do understand that the studio legally had to offer him the role since it was technically a sequel (read more), but can you imagine if he’d accepted? Totally different movie.
Here’s 10 more re-castings that might boggle your mind: 10 Famous Recast Roles by ShortList.com