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OMG! Macaulay Culkin Turned Down A Starring Role In "The Big Bang Theory"

Bazinga! It could have been a really different show.

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Just in case you didn't know, The Big Bang Theory isn't just one of the biggest TV shows ever, it's also one of the longest-running sitcoms of all-time.

Many credit the perfect casting as big reason for the show's success.

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Well, we almost didn't get the cast we have now, because the show could have starred Macaulay Culkin!

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Yup, Macaulay was a recent guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast where he spoke about being offered a starring role on the series, although he didn't say which role he was offered.

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Macaulay also revealed to Joe that he passed on the show not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES, saying:

They pursued me for The Big Bang Theory and I said no. It was kind of like, the way the pitch was, "Alright, these two astrophysicist nerds and a pretty girl lives with them. Yoinks!" That was the pitch. And I was like, "Yeah, I’m cool, thanks." And then they came back at me again, and I said, "No, no, no. Again, flattered, but no." Then they came back at me again, and even my manager was like twisting my arm.

And while hindsight is 20/20, Macaulay seems OK with the fact that he turned down being on a huge TV star, adding:

I’d have hundreds of millions of dollars right now if I did that gig. At the same time, I’d be bashing my head against the wall.

I think this is all of us right now thinking about all the money he turned down, but totally getting where he's coming from:

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