The business of casting a movie is never easy, and directors have a tough job on their hands. When they envision bringing a story to life on the screen, casting is everything. If you cast the wrong actor in the heroic lead role, it is almost certain that the movie will flop. When it comes to finding that perfect actor for your hero, the same amount of effort is needed to find the perfect villain as well. But what happens if the actor who came in to audition for the hero, is more perfect for the villain instead? It is certainly an interesting conundrum!
But it happens much more often than you think. So often that there are lists all over dedicated to the topic of actors who went in for a role and ended up getting another. The world of Hollywood can be a tricky one sometimes because the actor may even think that they are perfect as the hero, when in reality, their look, demeanor, and persona may be more suited for the role of villain. While initially there may be disappointment from not landing the coveted role, these actors can create their own legacy and fame from playing the bad guys.
Here's a list of the most shocking casting secrets in Hollywood. These actors came in auditioning for the hero, they got the villain, and we possibly can’t picture them in any other role. They have become Hollywood legends and icons from these casting choices and it’s quite possible that had they gotten the role they originally went for, they wouldn’t have become as famous as they are today or worse...ruined their careers with a possibly bad movie or television show. We hope you enjoy this list and check out some of the screen tests that are mentioned to see the proof for yourself.
10 Sam Rockwell as Iron Man
9 Clancy Brown as Superman
8 Lee Pace as Peter Quill
7 Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Kick-Ass
After his McLovin’ days in the movie “Superbad”, Christopher Mintz-Plasse auditioned for the heroic role of Kick-Ass. But it turned out that director, Matthew Vaughn, hated his audition. So landing the coveted heroic role wasn’t really going to happen. Mintz-Plasse did end up, hoever, playing the main villain, Red Mist. This proves that it just goes to show that just because you’re not right for one role, that doesn't mean that there aren't other opportunities for you in an other area. If, of course, you’re open to the possibilities.
6 Alexander Skarsgård as Bill Compton
5 Rachel McAdams as Cady Heron
4 Tom Hiddleston as Thor
Yep, you read that right. It’s hard to picture Tom Hiddleston as anyone else other than Loki because he plays the role so well! He originally went in to audition for the role of Thor and he even went through a rigorous body transformation from training so that he could embody the physicality of Thor. But the casting directors just saw that there was something missing and the role went to Chris Hemsworth. But Hiddleston still became part of the series as Loki and has created a Hollywood legacy from his work in the role. This past year at Comic-Con, Hiddleston even came on stage and commanded the audience as Loki, so he seems to be okay with the final decision.
3 James Franco as Spider-Man
2 Heath Ledger as Batman