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    Apr 6, 2020

    25 Famous Movie Roles That Were Almost Played By Other People

    I think we can all agree that The Breakfast Club starring Nic Cage would've been wild.

    1. Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington both auditioned for Clueless and didn't get cast.

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    2. John Krasinski was actually in the running to play Captain America but lost the role to Chris Evans.

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    3. Britney Spears was one of the actors in the running for the role of Allie in The Notebook — she even did a screen test with Ryan Gosling.

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    4. Jessica Simpson also turned down the role of Allie in The Notebook because she didn't want to do a sex scene with Gosling.

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    5. Mindy Kaling was considered for Maya Rudolph's character, Lillian, in Bridesmaids.

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    6. Before she was mega-famous, Jennifer Lawrence auditioned to play Bella Swan in Twilight.

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    7. Henry Cavill was actually Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's first choice to play Edward Cullen.

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    8. Nicolas Cage was supposed to play Bender in The Breakfast Club, but Nic didn't have the same "innate coolness" that Judd Nelson had.

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    9. Jennifer Hudson revealed that she was offered the lead role in Precious, but she turned it down.

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    10. Back in the early '90s, Scarlett Johansson auditioned for the role of Judy Shepherd in Jumanji, but the role ended up going to Kirsten Dunst.

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    11. Saoirse Ronan admitted that she auditioned to play Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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    12. Originally, Eddie Murphy was considered for the role of the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but it went to Jim Carrey instead.

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    13. Christina Applegate actually turned down the role of Elle Woods because she was afraid of being typecast.

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    14. Lucy Hale auditioned for the role of Gabriella Montez in High School Musical.

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    15. Matthew McConaughey auditioned for Jack in Titanic and was convinced he'd get the role, but it went to Leonardo DiCaprio instead.

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    16. Tiffany Haddish turned down the chance to be in Get Out because she refuses to act in horror movies.

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    17. Emma Watson was supposed to be in La La Land, but she had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts with Beauty and the Beast.

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    18. And Emma Stone was supposed to be Meg in Little Women but backed out of the movie because of scheduling conflicts with The Favourite.

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    19. Liam Hemsworth was one of the final five actors in the running for Thor, but the role eventually went to his his brother Chris instead.

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    20. Will Smith was offered the role of Neo in The Matrix, but he turned it down so he could star in Wild Wild West.

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    21. Anne Hathaway was originally cast in Silver Linings Playbook but left the movie because of creative differences — Jennifer Lawrence eventually replaced her.

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    22. John Boyega was in the running to play Eggsy in Kingsman: The Secret Service. The director said it was a "tough call" choosing between him and Taron Egerton, who ultimately got the part.

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    23. Renée Zellweger was in talks to play Jenna in 13 Going on 30, but the role ended up going to Jennifer Garner.

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    24. Julia Roberts was originally offered Meg Ryan's role in Sleepless in Seattle, but she turned it down.

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    25. Finally, Ryan Gosling was originally offered the role of the Joker but passed because he didn't want to sign on for multiple movies. Jared Leto played the part instead.

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