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

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

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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

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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