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Turns out, famous comedians were in the running for many, many of your favorite roles (both dramatic and comedy). 

COMEDY NERD At one point, they wanted Danny DeVito to play George Costanza in Seinfeld. Paul Shaffer, Steve Buscemi, David Alan Grier, Nathan Lane, and Larry Miller were some of the other actors they looked at- eventually, though, Jason Alexander got the role. CRACKED.COM


COMEDY NERD Turns out, Jim Carrey nearly played Edward Scissorhands in, well, Edward Scissorhands. Не was one of the actors they were looking at-but, at that point (in 1990), Carrey didn't have a lot of experience in drama, and that might have nixed the deal. CRACKED.COM


COMEDY NERD Dan Aykroyd could have played David Kessler in An American Werewolf in London. Universal Studios wanted Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the movie's leads, but John Landis absolutely refused, and the studio ultimately caved. CRACKED.COM


COMEDY NERD In an alternate universe, Chevy Chase is famous for playing Indiana Jones. But that's probably a universe we don't want to inhabit - yet somehow, apparently, he was on the list of people considered for the role. CRACKED.COM


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