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15 Failed Auditions That Led Actors To Better Roles

As with everything in life, when we watch a film, we're seeing the culmination of countless moments and chance happenings. The actors who are cast needed to be available, interested and capable. Most

As with everything in life, when we watch a film, we're seeing the culmination of countless moments and chance happenings. The actors who are cast needed to be available, interested and capable. Most films begin with a plan but end up being a series of successfully executed backup plans. It's rare to find a film that had everything work out the way that the filmmaker initially envisioned. Likewise, actors find themselves rejected from roles they really wanted, and landing roles they never expected. It's part of what makes Hollywood so unpredictable and exciting.

We don't often hear the stories of rejection. We tend to picture all our favorite stars as flawless, perfect beings, but the truth is, they stumble like the rest of us. Yet, some of these stumbles, turn into something amazing. By digging into the stories of these failed auditions, we have uncovered a series of amazing roles that were the result of those prior failures. Because these stars were rejected from one audition, they became available for another. This list adds a little more weight to already incredible roles, as if a touch of fate makes it that much more important. Here are 15 famous roles that were the result of a failed audition.

15 Josh Hutcherson, Peeta - The Hunger Games

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14 Daveigh Chase, Samara – The Ring

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13 January Jones, Betty Draper – Mad Men

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12 Emma Stone, Jules – Superbad

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11 Tom Hiddleston, Loki – Thor

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10 Rachel McAdams, Regina George – Mean Girls

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9 James Franco, Harry Osborne – Spider-Man

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8 Iwan Rheon, Ramsay Snow – Game of Thrones

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7 Cillian Murphy, Scarecrow – Batman Begins

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6 Chris Hemsworth, Thor – Thor

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5 Tom Felton, Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter

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4 Rainn Wilson, Dwight Schrute – The Office

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3 Henry Cavill, Superman – Man of Steel

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2 Heath Ledger, The Joker – The Dark Knight

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1 Robert De Niro, Vito Corleone - Godfather II

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One of the most famous failed auditions in history comes from one of the world's greatest actors, Robert De Niro. We've seen his audition tape when he tried out for the role of Sonny Corleone. He looked amazing, but we know the result. James Caan got the part and De Niro was sent packing. But the director, Francis Ford Coppola, would remember him. A couple of years later, when it came time to cast for The Godfather II, De Niro was brought back in for a reading and would land the part. For playing a young Vito Corleone, De Niro would win an Academy Award and make a huge leap in showcasing to the world his talents.

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