Sure, people who play iconic characters seem like they were destined for it … but it often turns out, they edged out other famous actors by a hair. Here’s 15 examples of what we mean:

Keanu Reeves was originally going to play Ben Stiller's role in Tropic Thunder. Stiller's original idea was that Keanu would play Tugg Speedman, and Stiller would be Rick Peck. CRACKED.COM

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John Lithgow was the first choice to play Dr Frasier Crane, not Kelsey Grammer. The role started out as a minor guest part, so they just got Grammer when Lithgow was unavailable. CRACKED.COM

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David Duchovny came this close to being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Не and Edward Norton were the top choices to play Bruce Banner, and Norton won out in the end. CRACKED.COM

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The first choice for the female lead in A Star is Born was actually Queen Bey. But Beyoncé ultimately turned it down, and then they approached Lady Gaga. CRACKED.COM

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We nearly got to watch Captain America himself as Jake Sully in Avatar. The final choice for Jake came down to Chris Evans, Channing Tatum, and Sam Worthington, and James Cameron picked Worthington. CRACKED.COM

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