The TV world can be a tricky one to navigate. Viewers become so attached to their favourite characters that actors can get boxed in, suddenly becoming intrinsically associated to that one specific role. What might be even more difficult is to imagine someone else in their place. Sometimes this can be problematic, leaving actors no choice but to reprise the role in reunion shows, or finding themselves out of work due to typecasting.
Getting the role they want may be a dream come true, but not getting the role can sometimes work out just as well, as we can learn form these 5 stars who have gone on to do fabulous work despite missing out on some of the top roles of the 1990's and 2000's. We've all wondered while watching our favourite characters on their weekly adventures, "Who else could play this role?" Well, let's see who apparently couldn't.
5 Patricia Heaton as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld
4 Megan Mullally as Carrie Heffernan on King of Queens
3 Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Gregory House on House
2 Jane Lynch as Pheobe Buffay on Friends
1 Ryan Reynolds as Xander Harris on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Although Reynolds auditioned to be Xander Harris on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the role went to Nicholas Brendon, who reportedly had little experience at the time. In fact, at one pre-production point, the line-up for Buffy looked entirely different from how we have all come to know it. Sarah Michelle Gellar was cast as snob-antagonist, Cordelia Chase and Nathan Fillion even auditioned for the role of Angel, which went to David Boreanaz quite early into the show's development. The line-up all came together nicely by the time the show premiered in 1997, with many actors who had auditioned for major roles cast as secondary or minor characters. While Buffy was on its way up the ladder of success, Reynolds settled into the role of Berg in Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place. The sitcom aired for four seasons and definitely got Reynolds noticed. In no time he became Van Wilder and his fame only grew from there. Even without the beloved character of Xander on his resume, Reynolds has managed to become one of Hollywood's big stars.
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