There exists an alternate timeline where Daniel Day-Lewis never starred in Gangs of New York and instead kept making shoes in Italy because why the hell not. Still, we’re glad he was persuaded to don that mustache and play the shit out of Bill the Butcher. The man sure can butcher (and make shoes -- he’s just hella impressive). Here’s a list of actors who needed a little extra persuasion to take on some pretty big roles.

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