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MATTHEW MO­DINE AL­MOST STARRED IN TOP GUN

Scoott Baio, re­al­ity TV star and vet­eran of Happy Days and Joni Loves Chacci, re­cently ad­mit­ted that he turned down the role that made Tom Cruise a star: Mav­er­ick in Top Gun (1986) –. That’s a bit like ad­mit­ting to re­fus­ing shares in Google. Matthew Mo­dine also turned it down to star in Stan­ley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket.

ERIC STOLTZ WAS AL­MOST MARTY McFLY

Eric Stoltz was cast in the lead role in Back to the Fu­ture (1985) and had even been film­ing (six weeks, by some re­ports) be­fore he was re­placed at great ex­pense. Michael J Fox is a more easy-go­ing pres­ence on­screen, which helps ex­plain why the film gen­er­ated a ton of money and two se­quels. Michelle Pfeif­fer was an also-ran for Clarice Star­ling in Si­lence of the Lambs (1991), and it’s not un­re­al­is­tic to imag­ine this tal­ented ac­tress nab­bing the Os­car in­stead of Jodie Fos­ter. More in­ter­est­ing is that Gene Hack­man opted out of play­ing Han­ni­bal, lead­ing to a ca­reer resur­gence and sig­na­ture per­for­mance for An­thony Hop­kins.

TOM HANKS WAS AL­MOST JERRY MAGUIRE

NICK NOLTE WAS AL­MOST HAN SOLO

GENE HACK­MAN WAS AL­MOST HAN­NI­BAL

Clint East­wood, James Gar­ner and, most cu­ri­ously, Dustin Hoff­man all turned down what would be­come Sylvester Stal­lone’s sec­ond most-fa­mous role in First Blood (1982).

EMMA THOMPSON AL­MOST STARRED IN BA­SIC IN­STINCT

Sharon Stone’s bravura per­for­mance in Ba­sic In­stinct (1992) landed her a role in pop cul­ture his­tory. The sex­u­ally ex­plicit role was re­fused by 16 ac­tresses in­clud­ing Emma Thompson, Michelle Pfeif­fer, Greta Scacchi and Mensa mem­ber Geena Davis.

DUSTIN HOFF­MAN WAS AL­MOST RAMBO

Jen­nifer Lopez is one of the few movie stars whose films got worse af­ter she hit the big time. She, Marisa Tomei and Brid­get Fonda all missed out on Renée Zel­weg­ger’s star-mak­ing turn in Jerry Maguire (1996). Tom Cruise got pos­si­bly the best role of his ca­reer af­ter Tom Hanks re­fused it.

Christo­pher Walken fa­mously au­di­tioned for Har­ri­son Ford’s first big break, as Han Solo in Star WArs (1977). Nick Nolte (who could have been fab­u­lous), Kurt Rus­sell and Sylvester Stal­lone were among the dozens of oth­ers con­sid­ered by Ge­orge Lu­cas.

ARNIE AL­MOST STARRED IN DIE HARD OJ WAS AL­MOST THE TER­MI­NA­TOR

Pierce Bros­nan was in­vited to pick up Roger Moore’s Walther PPK in The Liv­ing Day­lights in the mid-1980s, but was con­trac­tu­ally com­pro­mised by his hit TV show, Rem­ing­ton Steele, and 007 was handed over to Ti­mothy Dal­ton for two films. The Bond that Bros­nan fi­nally de­liv­ered in Gold­enEye (1995) was darker than many pre­dicted – per­haps a re­sult of his years in straight-to-video wilder­ness. (A tan­ta­lis­ingly brief glimpse of Sam Neill’s au­di­tion for The Liv­ing Day­lights is do­ing the rounds on­line. He had po­ten­tial.) It bog­gles the mind that in 1988 TV ac­tor Bruce Wil­lis was fifth choice for the role of a blue-col­lar cop in one of the best ac­tion movies of all time. More bog­gling still, is why (in de­scend­ing or­der) Sch­warzeneg­ger, Stal­lone, Burt Reynolds and Richard Gere turned it down, con­sid­er­ing it would have been a high­light in any of their patchy ca­reers. OJ Simp­son was one of the bet­ter-known names up for the part of the me­chan­i­cal mon­ster in the 1984 hit. Leg­end has it pro­duc­ers thought he wouldn’t be taken se­ri­ously as a killer, but this might be too beau­ti­fully ironic to be true. Lance Hen­rick­son (best known as Ash in Aliens) was very close to play­ing the lead be­fore Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger

signed.

SAM NEILL WAS AL­MOST BOND TOM SEL­LECK WAS AL­MOST IN­DI­ANA JONES

Tom Sel­leck was wooed to play the ar­chae­ol­o­gist in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), but TV com­mit­ments put paid to that. Con­sid­er­ing Sel­leck’s old-fash­ioned good looks, breezy comic tim­ing, and how well he’s aged, it’s very be­liev­able that the Indy fran­chise would have been just as suc­cess­ful with him.

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