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Awards season has be­gun, and while out catch­ing up on some of the top movies, you will for­ever as­so­ciate the role of each char­ac­ter with the ac­tor who por­trays them. What you may not re­al­ize is in the course of mak­ing a movie, those roles are usu­ally of­fered to sev­eral ac­tors be­fore the one who ends up on screen hits the set.

Take the cur­rent Os­car-fa­vorite film, “La La Land.” Emma Stone is charm­ing as Mia, but at one point Emma Wat­son was given the ti­tle role. No word on why the change was made but we do know why Miles Teller isn’t on screen as Se­bas­tian, even though he was given the role that even­tu­ally went to Ryan Gosling. Ac­cord­ing to Teller, he got a call from his agent say­ing the stu­dio no longer thought he was cre­atively right for the project, and that they were mov­ing on with­out him. Ouch.

Molly Ring­wald was a top star in the ‘80s and was likely handed many scripts, in­clud­ing one that was called “$3,000.” Ring­wald now says she doesn’t specif­i­cally re­mem­ber turn­ing that project down, but ad­mits Ju­lia Roberts is what makes that movie. We know it bet­ter as “Pretty Woman.”

John Tra­volta says turn­ing down this role was a big mis­take, even though that same year he starred in “Pulp Fiction,” a film many credit with res­ur­rect­ing his ca­reer. Tra­volta even com­peted against the ac­tor, who played the char­ac­ter he re­jected, for Best Ac­tor at the Academy Awards. Too bad for him, since Tom Hanks won said Os­car for that role of “For­rest Gump.”

Matthew Brod­er­ick is syn­ony­mous with the ti­tle role of the suave school-skip­ping teenager in “Fer­ris Bueller’s Day Off,” but he was not John Hughes’ first choice for the role. Johnny Depp came close to play­ing the Sausage King of Chicago, but had to turn it down due to sched­ul­ing con­flicts.

“Ti­tanic” made Kate Winslet a su­per­star, but Gwyneth Pal­trow came close to be­ing cast as Rose. Pal­trow says she was one of the fi­nal two con­sid­ered for the role, but didn’t nec­es­sar­ily turn it down. Maybe she would have given Jack enough space on that piece of wood.

I am a die-hard “Star Wars” fan, hav­ing grown up with all the movies. One char­ac­ter who be­came iconic, so much so he is get­ting his own movie in the next few years, is Han Solo. Har­ri­son Ford be­came an in­ter­na­tional star be­cause of his hap­haz­ard charm and skills in that role, and it is hard to imag­ine any­one else in the pilot’s seat of the Mil­len­nium Fal­con. How­ever, Ford would never have had the chance to play Princess Leia’s love in­ter­est had it not been for this ac­tor turn­ing it down first – Al Pa­cino! “It was mine for the tak­ing,” Pa­cino told Peo­ple Mag­a­zine. “But I didn’t un­der­stand the script.” Also in line be­fore Ford were Jack Ni­chol­son, Chevy Chase and Bill Mur­ray.

So when you find a new fa­vorite movie, make sure you don’t just learn who the ac­tors and di­rec­tor are. It seems that in the end the cast­ing di­rec­tor can play a far more im­por­tant role, es­pe­cially when their first choice thank­fully turns them down.

Melissa Carter is one of the Morn­ing Show hosts on B98.5. In ad­di­tion, she is a writer for the Huff­in­g­ton Post. She is rec­og­nized as one of the first out ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties in At­lanta and one of the few in the coun­try. Fol­low her on Twit­ter@Melis­saCarter

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