Iconic Hollywood Roles That Almost Went to Different Actors
Imagine a world where Carrie Bradshaw is not SJP
Imagine Friends without Jennifer Aniston or Sex and the City without Sarah Jessica Parker. Hard to believe--but both instances almost happened. Here, 13 celebs who almost landed very famous roles.
Gwyneth Paltrow: Rose DeWitt Bukater in “Titanic”
You’re great, GOOP, but there will never be more convincing chemistry than that between young Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio.
Johnny Depp: Ferris Bueller in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
Matthew Broderick must have really wowed the casting crowd. He not only beat out front-runner Johnny Depp but also John Cusack, Tom Cruise and Michael J. Fox.
Matthew Broderick: Walter White in “Breaking Bad”
What Broderick didn’t win out, though, was the role of a crystal-meth kingpin.
Molly Ringwald: Vivian Ward in “Pretty Woman”
Ringwald almost went from Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink to… prostitute. That is, until Julia Roberts landed the part.
John Travolta: Forrest Gump in “Forrest Gump”
We’re all better off keeping Travolta in our minds as the often-shirtless dancer he once was.
Jane Krakowski: Rachel Green in “Friends”
BLASPHEMY! But it thankfully freed Krakowski up for her breakout role in Ally McBeal.
Jack Nicholson: Michael Corleone in “The Godfather”
While The Godfather seems like it was written for Al Pacino, Nicholson almost snagged his leading role. (He’d go on to fulfill his bucket-list mafia role in The Departed.)
Dana Delany: Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City”
Imagine a world in which Sarah Jessica Parker is not the face (and tutu) of Sex and the City. You can’t.
Anne Hathaway: Tiffany Maxwell in “Silver Linings Playbook”
The Academy confirmed that J-Law was ideal here. But Hathaway took home her own Oscar that same night for her supporting role in Les Misérables.
Christina Applegate: Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde”
In all fairness, she'd probably do a pretty killer bend and snap.
Rumer Willis: Serena Van der Woodsen in “Gossip Girl”
How different Lively's life might have been...
Sarah Michelle Gellar: Cher Horowitz in “Clueless”
As if! (Though, we will always love you, Buffy.)
Jim Carrey: Buddy the Elf in “Elf”
You know, this one could have actually been pretty awesome.