30 Times Famous Performances Were Plan B

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Most of our most iconic pop culture staples are inextricably connected with their creators. The weird thing is, a lot of times a big, famous thing wasn't the first choice of the person who made it famous. Or the person who made a thing famous wasn't the original choice.

Yet somehow, we still wound up with stuff like ...

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The role that made Viggo Mortensen's career, Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, almost went to Nicolas Cage. CRACKED.COM

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the silence of the lambs Hannibal Lecter's role was first offered to Sean Connery who thought the character was disgusting so he rejected their offer

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Chevy Chase turned down playing Lester Burnham in American Beauty. CRACKEDGOM

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE CRACKEDCO WROTE THE N'SYNC HIT GONE FOR MICHAEL JACKSON. Justin said Michael passed on the song, so he presented it to his band. M

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YOU TALKIN' TO ME, ZOLTAR? BIG THE ROLE OF JOSH IN WAS ORIGINALLY OFFERED TO ROBERT DE NIRO BUT HE WAS UNAFFORDABLE SO TOM HANKS STEPPED IN CRACKED.CO

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In the original Game of Thrones pilot, Daenerys Targaryen wasn't played by Emilia Clarke. Tamzin Merchant was first cast as Daenerys, but after the pi

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WHOOPI GOLDBERG WASN'T EVEN AN OPTION FOR THE ICONIC ROLE OF ODA MAE BROWN IN THE MOVIE GHOST. BUT PATRICK SWAYZE SAID HE WOULDN'T DO THE MOVIE WITHOU

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Ridley Scott wasn't even on the list of possible directors for Alien. A ton of directors turned down Alien, including action movie director Walter Hil

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Fight CIUb director David Fincher originally wanted Janeane Garofalo to play Marla Singer, but she turned him down because she was uncomfortable with

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When director Richard Donner was hired to direct Superman: The Movie, the title role had been offered to NICK NOLTE. Others who were considered includ

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30 Times Famous Performances Were Plan B

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TOMMY WISEAU AUTEUR OF THE CULT HIT THE ROOM WANTED JOHNNY DEPP TO PORTRAY HIM IN THE DISASTER ARTIST NEVERTHELESS, WISEAU WAS PLEASED CRACKED.COM BY

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GEORGE LUCAS WASN'T PLANNING TO DIRECT THE PHANTOM MENACE HIMSELF. Ron Howard said he was one of three directors who passed, along with Steven Spielbe

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Ghostbusters (1984) was conceived and written for Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Belushi's untimely death forced massive rewrites and recasting.

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The Wachowskis initially wanted Will Smith to play Neo in The Matrix. Unable to grasp the concept of the film, Smith turned it down. CRACKED.COM

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BREAKFAST TIFFANYS Truman Capote, the author of the story, thought Marilyn Monroe would be the perfect choice to play Holly Golightly. The role, of co

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Director Jonathan CRACKED c COM Demme's first choice for the iconic role of Clarice Starling wasn't Jodie Foster. HE wanted Michelle Pfeiffer. The stu

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In the first drafts of 2001: A Space Odyssey HAL was named ATHENA and had a female voice.

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Mel Gibson as Odin? According to the controversial actor, Marvel approached him to play Odin in the Thor films. He passed on the role, and it eventual

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Steven Spielberg wanted Martin Scorsese to direct SCHINDLERSI LIST Spielberg offered the Holocaust movie to his friend, Scorsese, after ten years of h

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The Karate Kid Pat Morita's performance as Mr. Miyagi is legendary but the movie's producer Jerry Weintraub initially wanted a serious actor to play t

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Glynn Turman was almost cast as Han Solo. CRA George Lucas was going to give the iconic role to the relatively unknown actor, but the decision ultimat

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CRACKED cO PHARRELL WILLIAmS' MASSIVE HIT HAPPr. WAS ORGINALLY RECORDED BY CeeLO GReEN BUT WAS never RELEASED. Williams claimed that CeeLo's managemen

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GRACL Matthew Mcconaughey was the studio's first choice to play Jack in Titanic. McConaughey got pretty far in the process -he auditioned with Kate Wi

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It could have been Denzel Washington instead of Brad Pitt asking What's in the box? Washington was offered the part of Detective Mills in Se 7en, bu

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A Uiy ZUHiS DIRECTOR DENIS VILLENEUVE'S FIRST CHOICE FOR REPLICANT MAKER NIANDER WALLACE WAS DAVID BOWIE. AFTER BOWIE'S DEATH IN 2017, VILLENEUVE SE

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TERMINATOR 2 JUDGMENT DAY Robert Patrick got the part of the T-1000 because Billy Idol, who was James Cameron's first choice, had recently broken his