Some characters are so tightly associated with the actor who plays them, we can’t imagine anyone else in the role (which frankly, might be more a failure of our imagination than anything else). And yet, it often happens that the actor was originally considered for a different character in the same movie (or show, or franchise). These are but a few cases of that happening.

Rainn Wilson in 'The Office'

College The Office Rainn wilson was up for the part of Michael scott. Wilson was the very first person to ever audition for the sitcom - and according to him, he did a terrible Ricky Gervais impersonation for Michael. Не did much better as Dwight Schrute, so he eventually landed that role. CRACKED.COM

Source: NPR

Gal Gadot in the DCEU

DC Extended Universe Gal Gadot turned down the part of Faora. If I wasn't pregnant I'd take the job, Gadot said. Things ended up working out for her - instead of a minor villain, now she plays one of the franchise's top heroes.

Source: Cinema Blend

Drew Barrymore in 'Scream'

Scream Drew Barrymore was going to play Sidney Prescott. According to Barrymore, she was peeved that big-name actors can always be safely assumed to survive horror movies - so she took the minor role of Casey Becker to change that.

Source: People

Stephanie Beatriz in 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

Brooklyn Nine-Nine stephanie Beatriz botched her audition for Amy santiago. Being a fan of Andy Samberg, she got really nervous when she had to shoot a screen test with him. She was much more comfortable auditioning for Megan, a part which was developed into Rosa Diaz. CRACKED.COM

Source: Screen Rant

Lucy Lawless in 'Battlestar Galactica'

Battlestar Galactica Lucy Lawless turned down the part of Ellen Tigh. Lawless was the first choice for the character, but she went, I don't play anyone's wife. That's boring. She was much more excited later, when she was offered to play a Cylon.

Source: Toronto Star

January Jones in 'Mad Men'

Mad Men January Jones wanted to play Peggy Olson. The part went to Elisabeth Moss, but Jones did well enough to be cast as Betty Draper instead (even though Betty wasn't part of the original plans for the show, and it wasn't clear at that time what would ever happen with her).

Source: Showbiz CheatSheet

Jada Pinkett Smith in 'The Matrix'

The Matrix Jada Pinkett smith could have been Trinity. Pinkett Smith shot a screen test with Keanu Reeves - but as she put it herself, We just didn't have any chemistry, he and I. Still, the Wachowskis liked her enough that they created Niobe specifically for her.

Source: Showbiz CheatSheet

Kim Cattrall in 'Star Trek'

Star Trek Kim cattrall was almost saavik. According to director Nicholas Meyer, he had already decided to cast Cattrall as the Vulcan, but she turned out to be unavailable. She eventually played Saavik's replacement, Valeris.

Source: CBR

Lorraine Bracco in 'The Sopranos'

The Sopranos Lorraine Bracco was offered to play carmela soprano. Bracco felt that Carmela was too much like Karen Hill from GoodFellas, and she didn't want to play the same part again. But she loved the script, and told show creator David Chase that she'd be happy to play Dr. Jennifer Melfi.

Source: ABC News

Alexander Siddig in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'

Alexander Siddig was the first choice to play Ben sisko. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Series co-creator Rick Berman got in touch with Siddig after seeing him in a movie, to offer him the role of Commander Sisko. Then he learned that Siddig was actually too young for the part, so he cast him as Doctor Bashir instead.

Source: FanSided

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