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21 TV Characters That Could Have Been Completely Different

Some of your favorite TV characters could have been played by completely different actors. Prepare to have your mind blown.

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1. Betty White as Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls

Via fanpop.com

Betty was originally cast to play Blanche. Instead she chose to switch for the role of Rose, she was afraid of being typecast as another man-hungry character (she had played that role as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show).

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7. Courteney Cox as Rachel Green on Friends

Via huffingtonpost.com

Courteney was originally asked to play the role of Rachel, but she asked for role of Monica Geller instead. The writers ended up rewriting the Monica character to better suit Courteney.

8. Louie Anderson as Cousin Larry on Perfect Strangers

Via bygonebureau.com

Louie actually had the role of Larry and even filmed the pilot, but producers felt he was wrong for the role. He was dropped from the show and the pilot was re-filmed.

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10. Rosie O’Donnell as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld

Rosie was an old friend of Larry David from the New York stand-up scene and he brought her in to audition.

This casting choice would have really changed how we all relate to Elaine.

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13. Fred Dryer as Sam Malone on Cheers

Via tv.yahoo.com

Originally Sam Malone was a former football player, so it made sense to cast Fred, who was a former NFL player. The role went to Ted Danson and Sam's background was re-written as a former baseball player.

16. Dana Delany as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City

Via rottentomatoes.com

Hard to believe that anyone other the Sarah Jessica Parker could have walked in Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolo Blahniks. But, Sex and the City creator Darren Star first offered the part to Dana Delany.

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