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
6 Alexander Skarsgård as Bill Compton
5 Rachel McAdams as Cady Heron
4 Tom Hiddleston as Thor
3 James Franco as Spider-Man
2 Heath Ledger as Batman
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