14 Significant Horror Characters Almost Played By Someone Else

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14 Significant Horror Characters Almost Played By Someone Else

Becoming a horror icon is one of the quickest routes to Hollywood immortality. Just ask Bela Lugosi (Dracula), Lon Chaney (The Wolfman), or Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone). But twist: you can't. Why? Because they've all been dead for decades. (Serling would've appreciated this shtick, we're absolutely sure of it.)

The point is, it’s hard to imagine anyone else other than Skeet Ulrich playing Scream’s Billy Loomis, another actor filling their mouth with bees like the legendary Tony Todd in Candyman, or that actual extraterrestrial John Carpenter hired to play The Thing being depicted using puppets and other practical effects.

So if you want people to someday ogle your name on a sidewalk outside Mann's Chinese Theatre next to that dog from Frasier, weave a mask out of spicy Spanish sausage and wear it to your next audition. Doesn't matter if it's a period drama or some belated, straight-to-DVD sequel to Varsity Blues – “Chorizohead” is your meal ticket now, kid.

Vampire Bill, True Blood

Benedict Cumberbatch almost played vampire Bill in True Blood. Yep, Cumberbatch auditioned for one of television's hottest vampires. No word on why he didn't land the part. Maybe an accent thing. CRACKED.COM

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Billy Loomis, Scream

Freddy Prinze Jr. almost played Billy Loomis in Scream. According to Prinze Jr., if it was up to writer Kevin Williamson he'd have gotten the part, but director Wes Craven wanted Skeet Ulrich for the role. CRACKED.COM

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Jim, 28 Days Later

Ryan Gosling was offered the role of Jim in 28 Days Later. The starring role was initially written for and offered to Ewan McGregor, who turned it down. Gosling was the second choice, but declined due to scheduling conflicts. Irish actor Cillian Murphy was relatively unknown back then, but ended up crushing the part. CRACKED.COM

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Freddy Krueger

David Warner almost played Freddy Krueger. The English actor came close to starring in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street, but due to scheduling conflicts it never came to be. CRACKED.COM

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Danny Torrance, Doctor Sleep

REGRUM Ewan McGregor wasn't the first choice to play adult Danny Torrance in Doctor Sleep. Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Matt Smith, and Dan Stevens were all being considered for the part before McGregor snatched it up. CRACKED.COM

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Judy, Sleepaway Camp

Jane Krakowski almost played mean-girl Judy in Sleepaway Camp. Krakowski turned down the part when she found out how the character dies-a death that involved a curling iron up her cooch. CRACKED.COM

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Alice, Friday the 13th

Sally Field almost starred in Friday the 13th. Field turned down the role of Alice in the summer camp slasher, leaving Adrienne King to get the part. CRACKED.COM

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Harker, Bram Stoker's Dracula

If it were left to the studio, Charlie Sheen would've played Harker in Bram Stoker's Dracula. The studio wanted a big name, and was looking at everyone from Sheen to Christian Slater before giving the role to Keanu Reeves. CRACKED.COM

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Claudia, Interview with the Vampire

Christina Ricci was up for Claudia in Interview with the Vampire. Other actresses who lost out to Kirsten Dunst in the end were Natalie Portman, Julia Stiles, and Evan Rachel Wood. CRACKED.COM

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Candyman, Candyman, Candyman...

Eddie Murphy almost played the titular character in Candyman. Some accounts say that Murphy wanted too much money. Others say he was ultimately deemed too short for the role that, in the end, went to the great Tony Todd. CRACKED.COM

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Ichabod Crane, Sleepy Hollow

Brad Pitt could've starred in Sleepy Hollow. Не may even have gotten the part of Ichabod Crane, too, if it weren't for Tim Burton's eternal love of having Johnny Depp play all his leads. CRACKED.COM

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