Hollywood directors and producers love to tell stories about how queues of famous actors line up behind the role. However, this is not always the case. Even the iconic heroes once no one wanted to play for various reasons.
We collected the most interesting facts that you probably did not know about your favorite characters.
12. John McClain (“Die Hard”)
It was rumored in Hollywood that initially Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered to play the role of the policeman McClain, and the film was conceived as a sequel to his picture “Commando” (1985). Iron Arnie refused to participate for ethical reasons, because the main negative characters are terrorists with a German accent, the owner of which he himself is.
Other invited actors for the role of McClain were Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford and Don Johnson, but in the end the role went to the not so famous and rather comedic actor - Bruce Willis.
11. Tony Stark ("Iron Man")
Tony Stark's character is hard to imagine with a different face, because Robert Downey Jr. made him simply legendary. The film was disassembled into quotes and "cut" into memes.
However, the story of the creation of the film tells us something else. It began in the 1990s, when Universal Studios bought the rights to create this film. Then, in 1997, Nicolas Cage was interested in the role of a superhero, and even Tom Cruise openly declared his desire not only to play Iron Man, but also to produce the film.
Did not work out. The script was reworked and rewritten, as a result, the creation was delayed for years, and filming began only in 2006, when both applicants had already lost all interest.
10. Neo (The Matrix)
Initially, the creators of the legendary film wanted Neo to play Will Smith, already known at that time on “People in Black”, “Independence Day” and a number of other tapes. However, the actor did not have time for this work, and, by his own admission, he seemed to himself an inappropriate pretender for the role of Neo.
Also candidates were Ewan McGregor, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise.
9. Jack Dawson (The Titanic)
The director of "Titanic" James Cameron insisted that the main role went to Matthew McConaughey, but the actor, having studied the script, didn’t say about him unflattering, allegedly not interested in history.Then Cameron left him a second chance and offered to come to the tests, but McConaughey did not even get in touch. What happened next, we know. The second contender for the role of Jack Dawson - Leonardo DiCaprio - brilliantly played his hero.
By the way, Christian Bale and Macaulay Culkin also took the role of Jack.
8. Batman (“Batman”, 1989)
We now know that the legendary superhero in the 1989 film was played by Michael Keaton, but few have heard of the great chances of Mel Gibson for this role. Then Gibson was already a star and could choose. He thought and decided that the film would not have proper success. Nevertheless, the picture has collected more than $ 400 million.
Charlie Sheen, Pierce Brosnan and Bill Murray were also other candidates for the role.
7. Django (“Django Unchained”)
Before the role went to Jamie Foxx, the creators of the picture predicted her to Will Smith, and he even agreed. However, he asked to rewrite the plot, as some lines seemed to him more important. The writers refused, and we know what came out of it.
Also Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, Michael K. Williams and Tyrese Gibson were auditioned for the role.
6. Dr. Robert Neville (“I Am Legend”)
The painting "I am a legend" - the famous Hollywood "long-term construction." As early as the mid-1990s, its release was planned, Tom Cruise, Michael Douglas and Mel Gibson claimed the main role, but in the end they approved the “iron” Arnold Schwarzenegger.
According to the script, it was a very dark tape, with almost no dialogue in the first hour of the film. At that time, it seemed unrealistic that such an idea would somehow pay for itself, and the filming was closed. In 2002, the project was resumed again, but with Will Smith in the lead role, and Schwarzenegger became a producer.
5. Edward Lewis ("Pretty Woman")
In the role of multi-magnate Edward Lewis, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Richard Gere, but it turns out that Al Pacino could well have been in his place. Together with Julia Roberts, they even held several rehearsals, and the actor realized that this role was not interesting for him.
Also, Edward could be Christopher Rive, Daniel Day-Lewis and Denzel Washington. How did the role end up in Gear? At the trial, Roberts herself persuaded him to take part in the film.
4. Vivian ("Pretty Woman")
The main character of the same cult film could also look very different. The Disney film company refused the candidacy of Julia Roberts, many famous actresses of that time were invited to auditions.
Diane Lane was considered, for which they had already begun to sew costumes, but because of internal conflicts with the film crew, she left the film. Michelle Pfeiffer, the next challenger, refused because of the scenario she didn’t like.
As a result, the role went to 21-year-old Julia Roberts and became fateful for her.
3. Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)
Jack Sparrow’s character is impossible to imagine without Johnny Depp, and few people know that this role was offered to another well-known actor, Hugh Jackman. Script writers said that the image was written just for him, but in the end, the directors refused his candidacy, because Jackman was not widely known outside of his native Australia.
In addition to Jackman, the role was offered to Jim Carrey and Matthew McConaughey because of the similarity of the latter with Bert Lancaster, but McConaughe refused.
2. Michael Corleone (The Godfather)
In the role of Michael Corleone, the filmmakers of Paramount wanted to see actors who were popular at the time, such as Warren Beatty or Robert Redford, but they refused. Dustin Hoffman, an actor already known at the time, did not want to try on the role of a mafia.
The director Francis Coppola himself actively promoted Al Pacino, he represented him as the ideal Corleone, although Pacino was an entirely unknown actor at that time. But the film studio was against it; as a result, the contract with the actor was signed just 3 weeks before the start of filming.
1. Christian Gray (“50 shades of gray”)
It would seem that the role of the character, who already fell in love with the public from the book, is a tasty morsel for each actor, but no, the character of Christian Gray turned out to be a test of the strength of many applicants.
Robert Pattinson and Ryan Gosling were initially considered as the main candidates. Pattinson rejected the director, as he considered that after the cinema pair with Kristen Stewart in Twilight, the viewer would not see him as Christian, and Gosling said that he was not interested in this role. In the end, the role went to Jamie Dornan.