Friday, June 3, 2011

Movie Posters With Original Casting Choices (Of The Day)

We all know that movies and TV shows go through a long casting process before they ever hit the screen. Here's how a few of our favorites might've looked if the the original casting choices had stayed on the projects.

From Moviefone and IMDb.

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF: Johnny Depp, Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Tom Cruise, Michael J. Fox and Robert Downey, Jr. were all considered for the lead.

PRETTY WOMAN: Disney wanted Meg Ryan, not Julia Roberts, for the role of Vivian. Al Pacino turned down the role of Edward Lewis.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Ralph Macchio turned down the role of Marty McFly, thinking the movie was about "A kid, a car and plutonium pills." Also considered for the part were Canadian pop singer Corey Hart and C. Thomas Howell. Eric Stoltz was cast as Marty but was fired after a few weeks of filming and replaced by Michael J. Fox.

John Lithgow, Dudley Moore and Jeff Goldblum were all considered for the role of Doc Brown.

THELMA & LOUISE: Melanie Griffith was considered for the role of Louise.
Cher was offered the role of Thelma, but turned it down. Callie Khouri, who wrote the original screenplay, wanted Holly Hunter and Frances McDormand. Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep wanted to make a movie together, and Thelma & Louise was one of the scripts they considered. Ultimately, they decided to star in Death Becomes Her (1992) instead.

Then-struggling actor George Clooney auditioned five times for Ridley Scott for the part of J.D., but lost the role to Brad Pitt.

JFK: Director Oliver Stone's first two choices to play Jim Garrison were Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson. James Woods eagerly lobbied for the role of Garrison. However, he and Oliver Stone had vast creative differences, Woods wanting the film to be more of a biography of Jim Garrison with much more emphasis on his personal life, while Stone wanted it to be primarily about the case.

Jeff Bridges and Nick Nolte were both considered for the role of Jim Garrison. Bridges was turned down because he was not a major box-office draw, while Nolte was considered to be too old.

FOOTLOOSE: Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe were both slated to play the lead. The casting directors were impressed with Cruise because of the famous underwear dance sequence in Risky Business, but Cruise was busy filming All the Right Moves (1983).Lowe auditioned three times and had dancing ability and the "neutral teen" look the director wanted, but a knee injury prevented him from taking the part.

The producers gave Kevin Bacon the part after seeing him in Diner (1982).

HOME ALONE: Robert De Niro turned down the role of Harry, which went to his Goodfellas co-star, Joe Pesci.

LOTR: Peter Jackson's first two choices for the role of Aragorn were Russell Crowe or
Daniel Day-Lewis. Crowe was excited about the prospect of being involved with a major motion picture shooting in New Zealand, but couldn't commit due to scheduling conflicts.

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE: Tim Curry and Jeremy Irons both turned down the role of Alex. Stanley Kubrick once said, "If Malcolm McDowell hadn't been available I probably wouldn't have made the film."

THE BRADY BUNCH: Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz originally wanted Gene Hackman, not Robert Reed, for the role of Mike Brady, but the studio didn't consider Hackman well-known enough at the time.


  1. I'm glad Michael J. Fox is the one who ended up playing the part in Back to the Future. That's one of my favorite movies, and I just can't see anyone else but him in that part.

  2. Holy cow! Mugshot lady today is scary as all get out. She looks meaner than cat dirt. (That's a phrase my mom used to say.) :-D

  3. I can't imagine anyone else playing Marty McFly. I love "Thelma and Louise" and just can't picture Melanie and Cher. That's WAY too much plastic in one movie!

    I bet Goldie and Meryl are sorry they went with "Death Becomes Her."

    I love Johnny Depp but Ferris he ain't. See? Things do work out for the best.

  4. Ferris Bueller was on last night and I just had to watch. What a great movie. Couldn't be anyone but Broderick.

  5. Daisy, BTTF is one of my favorites, too. Top 10 for sure.

  6. I LOVE this stuff. So, if Holly Hunter and Frances McDormand were in Thelma & Louise, wouldn't the Coen Brothers have to direct it?

    Have you seen the outtakes of Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly? He was definitely too brooding for the part. I guess at the end of the movie, when Marty comes back early and sees himself in the distance when Doc gets shot... that is actually Eric Stoltz footage.

  7. Speaking of Back to the Future... this nearly did me in when I saw it on SNL last year.


    (I never knew an Alan Alda impersonation could be so hilarious)

  8. I wonder how actors feel when they see a movie they turned down/missed out on go blockbuster, like LOTR. Must hurt.

  9. Stuart Townsend filmed as Aragorn for two months before being fired the day before principal photography began. Can you imagine?? Stuart Townsend? The LOTR films are my favorite of all time and the people cast were PERFECT in their roles (yes, I even Liv Tyler). It's the only role I LOVE LOVE LOVE Viggo Mortensen in. It was meant to be.

    Some of the rest, though, I can totally see. I could see Ralph Macchio in BTTF or Tom Cruise in Footloose. At that time, anyway, for the type of actors they were and what they conveyed. I think if Depp had been in FB, though, it wouldn't be the classic it is.

  10. "I even *love* Liv Tyler." Geez.

  11. Kind of messes with your mind when you look at this.. very interesting

  12. I hear the Mugshot of the Day lady was the first choice to play Jigsaw. She should have been, anyway - no mask necessary.

  13. I thought Robert Downey Jr DID play Ferris a movie that came out a year later called "Back To School".

  14. Pretty Woman with out Julia Roberts? Apart from the face I can't stand HER, this movie skeeves me out - they kind of gloss over the face she's giving blowjobs by the dozens out on Sunset and it's some kind of fairytale story? And they try to excuse it with a few throwaway lines about how she's saving up and couldn't get another job? Yeah, right. When women tell me how they looooove this movie, I feel ill.



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