Have you ever watched a film or TV show and thought, “Yeah, they cast the perfect person for this role”? You literally cannot think of any other performer that could fill in the shoes of that particular character. Sure, in reality, this person likely was considered among a few, a dozen, or maybe even hundreds of potential actors, but stuck out among them all to get this part because they just fit the bill perfectly.

But in some alternate reality, that actor didn't get the part and it was given to someone else. That could have happened. A bad audition, a bad day at the casting office, or a great day by a different actor could have changed the historical landscape. We have no idea how close it could have gone. Until now.

Many of the most iconic roles for specific actors went to someone else who is just as noteworthy. Here are a few examples:

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