Robin Williams was offered the role of the Joker but it ended up going to Jack Nicholson. Reportedly, Williams was so upset by this, years later he turned down the role of the Riddler in Batman Forever. However he will be working on Warner Bros. next project, Batman vs Mrs. Doubtfire.
2. Dead Poets Society
Speaking of Robins Williams, his role in Dead Poets had initially been given to Liam Neeson. Williams grabbed the role after a new director came in. It’s a shame though, Neeson has a “very specific set of teaching skills…”
3. The Little Mermaid
“Make it so Sebastian!” Patrick Stewart was sought out for the role of King Triton, however, scheduling conflicts with Star Trek: The Next Generation forced him to turn it down.
4. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
“I hate snakes!” Great! How about rats? 2,000, in fact, were bred for this film to play the role as “diseased rat.”
5. Say Anything
Joan Cusack (surprise) plays John’s sister in this classic. The two have also appeared together in nine other films, including Sixteen Candles, Grosse Pointe Blank, and High Fidelity.
6. Back to the Future Part II
Crispin Glover, who plays George McFly in the first film, turned down the role due to failed salary negotiations and Jeffrey Weissman was cast. The script was rewritten with less screen time for George and Weissman wore the facial prosthetics of Glover that were made for the first film. All shots of Weissman are from behind, at a distance, upside down or with sunglasses in an attempt to convince the audience that Glover was part of the sequel.
7. Steel Magnolias
It’s been said that after a poor take the director pulled Dolly Parton aside and asked if she could act. Her response was “No, but it’s your job to make me look like I can!” Then she boob slapped him, allegedly…
8. When Harry Met Sally
In the first draft of the film, Harry and Sally did not end up together. It was later that screenwriter Nora Ephron and director Rob Reiner decided that they should end up together. Can you imagine such a classic RomCom ending in the friend zone!?!
9. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Pauly Shore was among many who ultimately lost the role of Ted to Keanu Reeves. Stoners everywhere rejoiced!
10. Ghostbusters II
Bill Murray told Entertainment Weekly the film was “a whole lot of slime, and not much of us” and was disappointed in how it turned out. What a Chive…am I using that right?
11. Field of Dreams
In the Fenway Park scene, none other than Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are among the thousands of extras. You can hear them screaming something about apples…
12. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Chevy Chase and John Candy both turned down the role of patriarch Wayne Szalinski, but it was Candy who suggested Rick Moranis. Now I want an oatmeal creme pie…
13. Weekend at Bernie’s
Bernie’s stunt double suffered a few broken ribs during filming from all the stunts that go with playing a dead man. Most notably the scene with Bernie being dragged around the lake, bumping into metal floating obstacles. Why didn’t they just use a real dead body?
14. Look Who’s Talking
According to the Director, Bruce Willis improvised a number of X-rated voice over takes. “Yippie-Ki-Yay…”
15. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
When Eddie and Clark are in the living room drinking egg nog, they are drinking out of Wally World mugs. Wally World was the destination of the Griswold’s in the original Vacation, which is closed for repairs, the Moose out front should have told ya!
16. Driving Miss Daisy
This is the last Best Picture Oscar winner with a PG rating. More swears = more acclaim!
17. Uncle Buck
During Miles’ interrogation scene, John Candy wrote out the script and placed it on his head so Macaulay Culkin could read his lines faster to keep the pace of the scene. Another reason to love and miss John!
18. Born on the Fourth of July
The word “fuck” is used 289 times during the movie. Still, nowhere near the 506 times it’s used in The Wolf of Wall Street.
19. Turner and Hooch
A line of Turner yelling at Hooch not to eat the car was used in an animation test for Toy Story and is what convinced Tom Hanks to take the role as Sheriff Woody. However, he turned down a spin off role combining his character Woody with Andrew Beckett of Philadelphia.
20. Troop Beverly Hills
This is Tori Spelling’s film debut. Next season on True Tori, we find out the other woman Dean was with was Shelley Long.
21. Pet Sematary
Reportedly, Stephen King once said that this was the only novel he wrote that really scared him. SPOILER ALERT! The scariest part of this movie is this GIF, which if you watch too many times will haunt your dreams!
The film is based on Brian Grazer’s and Ron Howard’s experiences being fathers. In fact, Ron’s daughter Bryce Dallas Howard is the red headed girl in the audience at the play. Also in the audience, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon…
23. Major League
Charlie Sheen told Sports Illustrated that he took steroids in preparing for this role, which he believed help him get his fastball to 85mph. What else helped? TIGER BLOOD!
24. Do the Right Thing
According to President Barack Obama, he and Michelle saw this movie on their first date. So Mr. President, you’re a real romantic, huh?
25. Road House
And finally, the Razzies named this one of The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made.