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25 Iconic Roles That Were Almost Played by Other Actors

You will be surprised to hear your favorite movie characters could have been played by other famous actors. Some of the supestars rejected the most legendary and epic roles of all time. Believe it or not, Jennifer Lawrence could be playing Bella in Twilight, we could have seen Leonardo DiCaprio as American Psycho, and Kim Basinger as Miranda Priestly. Kristin Davis and Alec Baldwin could have been Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big in Sex and the City. Because they are so popular, some Hollywood stars have to choose one out of many projects to take part in. John Travolta turned down the ’weird’ role in Forrest Gump. Will Smith turned down an offer to play Neo in The Matrix in favor of doing Wild Wild West. Angelina Jolie had to turn down the role in Gravity because she was working on her own film, In The Land of Blood and Honey. All the movies became huge hits, so imagine the disappointment of the stars who rejected the parts.

TIMESTAMPS Jennifer Lawrence as Bella in Twilight 1:07

Jensen Ackles as Captain America 1:36

Robin Williams as Jack Torrance 2:03

Scarlett Johansson as Lisbeth Salander 2:39

Will Smith as Django Unchained 3:07

Bruce Willis as Sam in Ghost 3:38

Emily Blunt as Black Widow 4:05

Nicolas Cage as The Wrestler 4:47

Angelina Jolie as Ryan Stone in Gravity 5:12

Leonardo DiCaprio as a psychopath 5:40

Kim Basinger as Miranda Priestly 6:15

Reese Witherspoon as Marla Singer in the Fight Club 6:43

Katie Holmes as Annette Hargrove in Cruel Intentions 7:07

Sean Connery as Gandalf 7:32

Jim Carrey as Loki 8:07

John Travolta as Forrest Gump 8:47

Marilyn Monroe as Holly Golightly 9:15

Will Smith as Neo in The Matrix 9:43

Jeremy Irons as Hannibal Lecter 10:10

Madonna as Frida Kahlo 10:30

Alec Baldwin as Mr. Big 10:57

Kristin Davis as Carrie Bradshaw 11:23

Julia Roberts as Annie Reed 11:51

Gwyneth Paltrow as Rose in Titanic 12:17

Matthew McConaughey or Macaulay Culkin as Jack Dawson in Titanic 12:46

SUMMARY -Imagine there could have been a completely different Bella played by Jennifer Lawrence. -Jensen Ackles gave up the part of Captain America for Supernatural.

-Can you believe Robin Williams was considered for the role of Jack Torrance?

-Scarlett was just considered too hot for the part of socially maladjusted, techno-goth heroine Lisbeth.

-Will wanted Tarantino to rewrite the script of Django Unchained to give the character a more central role in the plot.

-Can you imagine Brule Williams could have “died hard” in “Ghost”?

-Emily said no to the part because of the scheduling conflict with “Gulliver’s Travels” she stars in.

-Nicolas Cage turned the proposal down to support his friend Mickey Rourke, who expressed an interest in the role.

-Jolie had to turn the role down because she was working on her own film, In The Land of Blood and Honey.

-Can you see Leo playing the American Psycho, or do you think Christian Bale was a better choice? -Kim Basinger auditioned for the part of the snobby editor-in-chief in The Devil Wears Prada.

-Reese Witherspoon turned down the role of Marla Singer because she found the script “too dark.”

– Sweet type-A girl Annette Hargrove could have been played by Katie Holmes.

– If Connery had accepted that offer, he would have become the highest-paid actor in cinema history.

-The stunning comedian was a long-time favorite to take on the role of Loki in Thor.

-Can you imagine Forrest Gump played by John Travolta and not Tom Hanks?

-The author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s wanted Marilyn Monroe to play the lead role in the screen adaptation of his novel.

-You probably did not see this one coming: Keanu Reeves was not the top choice for Neo in The Matrix.

-Jeremy Irons rejected the role of a maniac in the film Silence of the Lambs because he did not want to play such a cruel man.

-Madonna has always expressed an interest in Frida Kahlo’s works and wanted to play this iconic character in the movie.

-The creator of Sex and the City saw Alec Baldwin as the one and only Mr. Big.

-Kristin Davis originally auditioned for the role of Carrie Bradshaw.

-Julia Roberts was offered the female lead in Sleepless in Seattle, but she couldn’t do it.

-James Cameron was not impressed by Kate Winslet at first and wanted Gwyneth Paltrow to play the main heroine.

-It sounds impossible, but it is true: Matthew McConaughey and Macaulay Culkin were both considered for the lead in “Titanic.”

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