Let’s start right away with a good old man: Forrest Gump. This iconic film starring Tom Hanks, should have been shot in no other way. Yet it was only a hair and another actor played the role of Forrest. None other than John Travolta was initially offered this role, but turned it down. In his own words, the actor has greatly regretted making this choice.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
This visual spectacle is the first film adaptation of the Millennium trilogy by the writer Stieg Larsson. In this Noomi Rapace plays the main character Lisbeth Salander and it seems that this role is made for her. With her black hair and dozens of piercings and tattoos, she fits perfectly in the blood-curdling exciting films. Still, this movie was initially going to be given to Scarlett Johansson. However, the director found the actress too attractive for the role of the socially incapable Lisbeth.
The Lord of the Rings
A lot of people grew up with the iconic movies from The Lord of the Rings, but hardly anyone is aware of how different it could have looked. Initially, Sean Connery would have played the role of Gandalf. Had the actor accepted this, he would have been Hollywood’s highest paid actor. Sean just thought the script was too vague, so he declined the offer. The question is whether he would have made the same choice afterwards.
Silence of the Lambs
For the real creepers, this is a real one must see. At first we know the lead role Hannibal Lector as a brilliant psychiatrist in the United States, but in the end it turns out that he murdered nine people. And not only that: he ate the liver and thymus of a number. A real psychopath. The role is fantastically played by Anthony Hopkins, but it was not always the intention to give him that role: it was initially meant for Jeremy Irons. However, this actor turned down the role, because he did not want to play such a cruel man. Anthony Hopkins won an Oscar for the role in his place.
For those who think that Reese Witherspoon only gets opportunities in romantic comedies and feel good movies, is wrong. In the known Fight Club She was offered the role of Marla Singer, a strong-willed woman who came across as a complete madman. However, Reese did not like it and turned down the role because she found the story too gloomy. Ultimately, Helena Bonham Carter played the role.
The Devil Wears Prada
If there is even one role that is clearly written for someone, it is that of Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly. This powerful New York City-based editor of the fictional fashion magazine Runway is perfectly portrayed by the actress. It would therefore not be surprising if you double-check this: because it is almost impossible for someone else to play this role in the running used to be. Yet it is so, namely Kim Basinger. Not a completely wrong idea, but luckily it did not happen.
Here’s Johnny! Believe it or not, these three iconic words would initially be shouted by a completely different actor. At first, the film’s makers thought Robin Williams would be perfect to play the role of Jack Torrance, the writer who had to babysit the prestigious Overlook Hotel in Colorado with his family when it was temporarily closed due to extreme weather. However, the makers came up with different ideas when she saw Robin in the film Mork & Mindy saw. In this they found the actor a bit too psychotic for the role …