When it comes to Hollywood movies it's not always an easy feat in determining those that will be a success and those that will flop; this is the very same way actors and actresses feel, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that sometimes when choosing roles they get it wrong. Yes! They are only human and miss out on opportunities, just like everybody else. It's easy to look back after a movie's huge success and call someone foolish for not taking the opportunity to play a certain part, but when looking at the same story on a dull script, it's not always easy for these stars to see the potential present.
Along with this sometimes other commitments just make it impossible for actors to take certain roles, after all, it's not possible to be in two places at once (not yet anyway) or to film two movies at the same time. So, maybe it's down to fate or blind chance who gets to play these parts but one thing's for sure, once an actor gives a good performance, it's difficult to imagine anyone else in their place. That's what's so interesting about this list, some of these potential castings seem so random; it's fascinating to try and imagine an alternate reality in which these actors would have taken on these roles and what impact that would have had on the movie's overall success.
12 John Travolta - Forrest Gump
11 Emily Browning - Twilight
10 Molly Ringwald - Pretty Woman
9 Mel Gibson - Gladiator
8 Sarah Michelle Gellar - Clueless
7 Tom Hanks - Jerry Maguire
6 Gwyneth Paltrow - Titanic
5 Tom Cruise - Footloose
4 4. Johnny Depp - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
3 Will Smith - The Matrix
2 Julia Roberts - The Blind Side
1 Jack Nicholson - The Godfather
Jack Nicholson’s decline of the offer to play Michael Corleone in the 1972 crime-drama ‘The Godfather’ is definitely the most interesting on the list; this is due to the fact the film is widely regarded as the best movie of all time. When asked why he turned down the opportunity, Nicholson simply stated “I knew The Godfather was going to be a great film, but at that time I believed Indians should play roles written for Indians and Italians should do the same.” Al Pacino was later cast in the part and there is little argument that the he gave an outstanding performance; it really is difficult to imagine anyone topping it, Jack Nicholson, or not. Although, from what Nicholson had to say it’s clear he was happy for Al Pacino’s success one can’t help but think about an alternate reality in which Nicholson would play the part and what this would mean for the character!
Sources: wikipedia.org, dailymail.co.uk, businessinsider.com, glamourmagazine.co.uk
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