It’s hard to imagine another actor playing Gandalf instead of the great Ian McKellen, but one name sounds like a worthy replacement: David Bowie, who was one of the first choices anyway. Here’s the full story, plus 14 others:

We almost got see Salma Hayek play Trinity in The Matrix in 1999. She lost out on the role because she just wasn't up to all the stunts there were a bunch of physical tests, and she didn't pass them CRACKED.COM

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Lana Condor was almost cast instead of Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico. 10004 But if she'd played Rose, she never would have starred in To All the Boys I've Loved Before (which developed a strong fanbase of its own). CRACKED.COM

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We nearly got to see Jared Padalecki, not Jason Momoa, as Conan the Barbarian. It came down to three finalists, and Momoa was chosen (but who knows what would have happened with Supernatural if it was Padalecki). CRACKED.COM

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We nearly got to see Channing Tatum as Gambit in X-Men: The Last Stand. But they wrote the character out of the script. He then got cast as Gambit in Wolverine, but the scheduling just didn't work out. CRACKED.COM

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Pierce Brosnan could have been the first Caped Crusader in a movie. He met with Tim Burton about playing Batman, but he just couldn't take a character who wears his underpants outside his pants seriously. CRACKED.COM

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