Have you ever thought of a movie and imagined someone else playing a certain role? If we were to see things hypothetically, we can see other actors playing certain roles in our favorite movies. Some directors of movies originally had other people in mind for certain roles. If you ever wondered who these celebrities were, here are 12 movies that would have been different if these actors had just said yes, with visual representations included in case you have trouble imagining them yourself.
1. Julia Roberts as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side.
Luckily for Sandra Bullock, Pretty Woman star Julia Roberts had already committed to Garry Marshall’s Valentine’s Day. Imagine if she had said yes to the above-mentioned movie! It was stated that the movie execs originally wanted Roberts for the role. However, Julia couldn’t accept it so they put Sandra instead. We’ve got to admit that Bullock made it worth after taking home an Oscar.
2. Molly Ringwald as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman.
The movie that gave a young Julia Roberts her big break in her amazing career almost went to another famous 80s actress! Molly Ringwald admitted that she turned the role down for other parts. Julia had a hard time with her role as she was only 21. I can’t imagine the movie without her!
3. Sandra Bullock as Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby.
Bullock addressed rumors she’d turned down the part in an interview. She explained that she actually wanted to get the movie made and tried to convince the studio that there was an audience for a female boxing movie. However, at that time, she was busy with the Miss Congeniality sequel so the part went to Hillary Swank, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance.
4. Gwyneth Paltrow as Rose DeWitt Bukater (aka Rose Dawson) in Titanic
After Kate Winslet’s performance in the popular film, we are happy that Gwyneth didn’t take the role. Paltrow admitted on The Howard Stern Show that she was one of two final actresses in consideration for the epic film. She had decided against it eventually.
5. Jack Nicholson as Michael Corleone in The Godfather
In a 2004 interview, Jack admitted that the main reason he had turned down this role was that he wasn’t Italian. That’s so professional! “Al Pacino was Michael Corleone,” said The Shining actor. “I can’t think of a better compliment to pay him.”
6. Paul Rudd as Phil in The Hangover
No one could have imagined the success of the comedy and thankfully for Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd didn’t either. Director Todd Phillips revealed Rudd was their original casting choice. Afterward, he turned down the role and the rest was history.
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7. Will Smith as Neo in The Matrix
Will Smith has admitted multiple times that he turned down the opportunity to be in The Matrix. The reason was that he apparently didn’t see the potential of the film in the pitch.
8. Al Pacino as Han Solo in Star Wars, 1977.
The Godfather star admitted he turned down the major role because he couldn’t understand what the movie is about. “I remember not understanding (the script) when I read it,” admitted the actor in an interview with MTV.
9. Anne Hathaway as Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook
This was Jennifer’s breakthrough role, but Anne was the first choice, atually. Hathaway turned down the role due to creative differences with director David O’Russell. Lawrence went on to win an Academy Award, but Hathaway walked away with a Best Supporting Actress Oscar that same year for Les Miserables.
10. Hugh Jackman as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Johnny Depp is one of the reasons the epic movie had great success. It’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the quirky pirate now, but writer Stuart Beattie admitted he wrote the role with Hugh Jackman in mind. Can you imagine him playing in the movie?
11. Robert Pattinson as Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey
Many actors had reservations about playing the famous role, besides the success of the movie. It was revealed on Twitter that the author of the successful series, E.L James, had Robert Pattinson as her first choice. However, Pattison did not like to be a part of another franchise after the popular Twilight.
12. Mel Gibson as Batman in Batman, 1989
Mel Gibson was the first choice to play the iconic role of Batman in the first ever Batman movie. However, the successful actor was already committed to Lethal Weapon 2, and reportedly didn’t see the film’s potential. Therefore, the part went to Michael Keaton instead.