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Hobbs 7/21/2010 6:48:17 AM

chop, the stars geek in me says Nolte was never offered the part of Han Solo so you can't include him.  There were actually a lot of people considered for the role before it was given to Harrison Ford.  I don't think you can include Connery either because he turned down the role of Gandalf because he said he didn't get it.  I'm also pretty sure OJ Simpson was never offered the Terminator role either...the studio wanted him not Cameron....not trying to rip apart your list but those would be reasons why your suggestions didn't make it.  Same with sportwarrior...again they were never offered the role. I mean come on guys even Kurt Russel tried out for Han Solo.  I think we have to stick with already filmed scenes or actually signed on to do the movie but couldn't.  Otherwise the list could be very very long. 

Speaking of Harrison Ford, how is that not number 1?  Name a character franchise more successful than Indiana Jones.  Selleck in that role is huge when you consider what those movie made.  I would also like to check Ken's sources....Ford was a full blown movie start by the time they were going to shoot Indiana Jones so why would he come back to do carpentry work?  That doesn't sound right...me thinks you might have that mixed up with Star Wars.  Ford was doing carpentry work in the studio where Lucas was casting and kept asking him to fill in as Han and eventually offered it to him.

And good catch DayDrum...I never saw Legion so I was surprised when I saw Wil Smith was in it. lol

okonomiyaki4000 7/21/2010 7:42:29 AM

 The SNL sketch with Walken auditioning for Han Solo is pure gold. Charlie Sheen as batman could have been interesting though. 

fft5305 7/21/2010 7:43:36 AM

Back in the day, I had read that Richard Dreyfuss was originally set to play in Total Recall, then it went to Patrick Swayze before they settled on Ahnuld.

Good catch DayDrum. I didn't see that...

BobaMig 7/21/2010 8:45:39 AM

Marlon Brando and Laurence Olivier were Coppola's personal two choices for The Godfather.  The studio was happy with the choice of Olivier, but he couldn't do it because his reps said he was sick and dying(Olivier lived another 18 years).  So Coppola fought for Brando did a screen test with him and the rest is movie history.  Still Laurence Oivier would have been interesting to see in that role.

ponyboy76 7/21/2010 9:12:57 AM

Why is it that whenever The Matrix is mentoned we have to read like 10 more comments on how people hated the sequels. Not even remotely the point of the article. And I really couldn't picture anyone else playing the part of Neo. Reeves was perfect for the role, with that deadpan emotion at times. If you can't see passed Bil & Ted, oh well. Saying that, there is that one scene where he see's Morpheus jump to the other building and he says "Whoa!" That's the only point where I said to myself "Wyld Stallions Rule!"

charmer 7/21/2010 9:27:05 AM

Will Smith would have been interesting as Neo, but it would have changed the entire dynamic of The Matrix.  In the end, Keannu Reeves was probably the better choice.,.but at the same time, would knows?  The Matrix might have been just as successful with Smith as well (albeit different).

monkeyfoot 7/21/2010 9:49:32 AM

Great list concept!

Would be curious to see Selleck as Indiana but we'll never know.

You can find stills of Eric Stolz as Marty by googling for it but I'd love to see all the actual film of him in Back To The Future.

Keanu was just perfect for The Matrix as far as I'm concerned. Though it was its concept and its execution that made it a pop culture phenomenon.

Chopsaki 7/21/2010 10:28:50 AM

Hobbs your right they weren't offered the roles I just found it facinating that they were even considered, except for Connery because he flat out rocks. Oh and Cameron passed on OJ because he said he was too nice to play a cold blooded killer...oh the irony.

creamygnome 7/21/2010 11:41:48 AM

Screw Hugh Jackman.  Danzig should've been Wolverine.  And Gambit?  Fuckin' Josh Holloway.

mike10 7/21/2010 12:03:21 PM

How can you blame Keannu Reeves for the Matrix sequels? He didn't write those movies. Blame the writers. I think he was perfect but the writers failed to follow up with good stories to finish off the trilogy. 

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