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Actors That Could Have Played Iconic Roles Vs. Actors That Ended Up Playing Them

Harry Potter wouldn’t be the same without Ron Weasley. I mean, Rupert Grint. And the lovable naif Forrest Gump wouldn’t exist without Tom Hanks.

You see, most exceptionally strong characters become almost inseparable from the actors who played them. Like, Twilight and the official heartthrob of the 2000s, Robert Pattinson, will forever stay as the pale, charming vampire with a slow voice in a movie of otherwise questionable quality.

But it turns out, our all-time favorite roles could have been played by entirely different actors. So we compiled a list of pics of two actors, the original one versus the current one, placed side by side for an uncanny question of “what if?”

Let your imagination run free, and just think how different it would have been if Neo was Will Smith. It’s almost like history would also have to be rewritten, but who knows, maybe it’d have been for the better?

1. Sean Connery Said No To Playing Gandalf In “The Lord Of The Rings”, Ian Mckellen Took The Part

Sean Connery Said No To Playing Gandalf In

 

2. Jim Carrey Was Considered To Play Edward Scissorhands, Johnny Depp Got The Part

Jim Carrey Was Considered To Play Edward Scissorhands, Johnny Depp Got The Part

 

3. Will Smith Turned Down The Role Of Neo In “The Matrix”, Eventually Played By Keanu Reeves

Will Smith Turned Down The Role Of Neo In

 

4. Jack Nicholson Passed On The Role Of Michael Corleone In “The Godfather”, Eventually Played By Al Pacino

Jack Nicholson Passed On The Role Of Michael Corleone In

5. Christina Applegate Was Considered For The Role Of Elle Woods In “Legally Blonde”, Eventually Played By Reese Witherspoon

Christina Applegate Was Considered For The Role Of Elle Woods In

6. John Travolta Turned Down The Role Of Forrest Gump, Eventually Played By Tom Hanks

John Travolta Turned Down The Role Of Forrest Gump, Eventually Played By Tom Hanks

7. Thomas Brodie-Sangster Auditioned For The Part Of Ron Weasley In “Harry Potter”, Rupert Grint Was Cast

Thomas Brodie-Sangster Auditioned For The Part Of Ron Weasley In

8. Russell Crowe Turned Down The Role Of Aragorn In “The Lord Of The Rings”, Eventually Played By Viggo Mortensen

Russell Crowe Turned Down The Role Of Aragorn In

9. Robin Williams Wanted To Play Rubeus Hagrid In “Harry Potter” But Was Rejected, Robbie Coltrane Got The Part

Robin Williams Wanted To Play Rubeus Hagrid In

 

10. Matthew Mcconaughey Auditioned For The Role Of Jack Dawson In “Titanic”, Eventually Played By Leonardo Dicaprio

Matthew Mcconaughey Auditioned For The Role Of Jack Dawson In

 

11. Emilia Clarke Turned Down The Role Of Anastasia Steele In “Fifty Shades Of Grey”, Eventually Played By Dakota Johnson

Emilia Clarke Turned Down The Role Of Anastasia Steele In

 

12. Jennifer Lawrence Auditioned For The Role Of Bella Swan In “Twilight”, But Kristen Stewart Was Cast Instead

Jennifer Lawrence Auditioned For The Role Of Bella Swan In

13. Nicolas Cage Was Offered The Role Of Aragorn In “The Lord Of The Rings”, Eventually Played By Viggo Mortensen

Nicolas Cage Was Offered The Role Of Aragorn In

14. Bette Midler Turned Down The Part Of Sister Mary Clarence In “Sister Act”, Eventually Played By Whoopi Goldberg

Bette Midler Turned Down The Part Of Sister Mary Clarence In

 

15. Ryan Gosling Was Considered For The Role Of Doctor Strange, Eventually Played By Benedict Cumberbatch

Ryan Gosling Was Considered For The Role Of Doctor Strange, Eventually Played By Benedict Cumberbatch

 

16. Gwyneth Paltrow Turned Down The Role Of Rose Dewitt Bukater In “Titanic”, Kate Winslet Got The Part

Gwyneth Paltrow Turned Down The Role Of Rose Dewitt Bukater In

 

17. Tim Roth Turned Down The Role Of Severus Snape In “Harry Potter”, Eventually Played By Alan Rickman

Tim Roth Turned Down The Role Of Severus Snape In

 

18. Ian Mckellen Turned Down The Part Of Albus Dumbledore In “Harry Potter”, Michael Gambon Was Cast

Ian Mckellen Turned Down The Part Of Albus Dumbledore In

 

19. Joanne Rowling Was Asked To Play Lily Potter In “Harry Potter”, But She Declined, Geraldine Somerville Got The Part

Joanne Rowling Was Asked To Play Lily Potter In

 

20. Britney Spears Auditioned For The Part Of Allie In “The Notebook”, Eventually Played By Rachel Mcadams

Britney Spears Auditioned For The Part Of Allie In

 

21. Henry Cavill Was The First Pick To Play Edward Cullen In “Twilight”, Robert Pattinson Was Cast For The Role

Henry Cavill Was The First Pick To Play Edward Cullen In

 

22. Emily Blunt Was The First Choice To Play Black Widow, But Scarlett Johansson Got The Part

Emily Blunt Was The First Choice To Play Black Widow, But Scarlett Johansson Got The Part

 

23. Eddie Redmayne Auditioned For The Part Of Star-Lord In “Guardians Of The Galaxy”, But Chris Pratt Was Cast

Eddie Redmayne Auditioned For The Part Of Star-Lord In

24. Liam Aiken Was Offered The Role Of Harry Potter, But Daniel Radcliffe Got The Part

Liam Aiken Was Offered The Role Of Harry Potter, But Daniel Radcliffe Got The Part

 

25. Anna Popplewell Auditioned For The Part Of Hermione Granger In “Harry Potter”, Eventually Played By Emma Watson

Anna Popplewell Auditioned For The Part Of Hermione Granger In

 

26. Tom Cruise Was Considered For The Part Of Iron Man, But Robert Downey, Jr Was Cast

Tom Cruise Was Considered For The Part Of Iron Man, But Robert Downey, Jr Was Cast

 

27. Al Pacino Turned Down The Part Of Han Solo In “Star Wars”, Eventually Played By Harrison Ford

Al Pacino Turned Down The Part Of Han Solo In

 

28. Hugh Jackman Turned Down The Role Of James Bond, Eventually Played By Daniel Craig

Hugh Jackman Turned Down The Role Of James Bond, Eventually Played By Daniel Craig

29. Matt Damon Turned Down The Role Of Jake Sully In “Avatar”, Eventually Played By Sam Worthington

Matt Damon Turned Down The Role Of Jake Sully In

30. David Thewlis Was Considered For The Role Of Quirinus Quirrell In “Harry Potter”, Eventually Played By Ian Hart

David Thewlis Was Considered For The Role Of Quirinus Quirrell In

31. Hugh Grant Was Considered For The Part Of Gilderoy Lockhart In “Harry Potter”, But Kenneth Branagh Was Cast

Hugh Grant Was Considered For The Part Of Gilderoy Lockhart In

 

32. Emma Watson Turned Down The Part Of Mia In “La La Land”, Emma Stone Was Cast

Emma Watson Turned Down The Part Of Mia In

 

33. Tilda Swinton Was Offered The Part Of Sybill Patricia Trelawney In “Harry Potter”, Eventually Played By Emma Thompson

Tilda Swinton Was Offered The Part Of Sybill Patricia Trelawney In

34. Saoirse Ronan Auditioned For The Part Of Luna Lovegood In “Harry Potter”, But Evanna Lynch Was Cast

Saoirse Ronan Auditioned For The Part Of Luna Lovegood In

 

35. Angelina Jolie Dropped Out From Playing Dr. Ryan Stone In “Gravity”, Sandra Bullock Was Cast

Angelina Jolie Dropped Out From Playing Dr. Ryan Stone In

36. Jake Gyllenhaal Was Considered For The Part Of Peter Parker In “Spider-Man”, Eventually Played By Tobey Maguire

Jake Gyllenhaal Was Considered For The Part Of Peter Parker In

37. Renée Zellweger Was Considered For The Role Of Jenna In “13 Going On 30”, Eventually Played By Jennifer Garner

Renée Zellweger Was Considered For The Role Of Jenna In

 

38. Ryan Gosling Was The First Choice For The Part Of Joker In “Suicide Squad”, But Jared Leto Was Cast

Ryan Gosling Was The First Choice For The Part Of Joker In

39. Charlie Hunnam Was Considered For The Part Of Christian Grey In “Fifty Shades Of Grey”, Eventually Played By Jamie Dornan

Charlie Hunnam Was Considered For The Part Of Christian Grey In

40. Kate Elizabeth Winslet Was Offered The Role Of Helena Ravenclaw In “Harry Potter”, But Keli Makdonald Got The Part

Kate Elizabeth Winslet Was Offered The Role Of Helena Ravenclaw In

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