Annette Benning: Catwoman
When Annette Benning had to drop out from Tim Burton’s Batman Returns as Batwoman because she became pregnant just before shooting commenced, the role went to Michelle Pfeiffer.
Christian Bale: Batman
Christian Bale has passed on the Batman baton to Ben Affleck who in my opinion has very big shoes to fill!
Dougray Scoot: Wolverine
It’s hard to picture anyone else except Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but prior to filming X-Men, the role belonged to Dougray Scott who had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible 2.
Emily Blunt: Black Widow
Scarlett Johansson totally rocks as Black Widow but it could have just as easily been Emily Blunt gracing our screens in the kick ass role.
Matthew Broderick and John Cusack: Walter White
Both Matthew Broderick and John Cusack reportedly passed on the offer to be Walter White in award winning show Breaking Bad. I bet they’re both wishing they hadn’t done so given the acclaim it’s given Bryan Cranston!
Mel Gibson: Maximus
In Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, it was Australian Russel Crowe who won a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Maximus, but did you know that the role was originally offered to Mel Gibson?
Thomas Jane: Don Draper
We all know and love hunky and manly John Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men but he wasn’t the producers’ first pick. Guess who was? That’s right Hung’s Thomas Jane who turned down the role.
Will Smith: Neo
Can you believe that Will Smith turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix? Don’t get me wrong I think that Keanu Reeves’ performance was incredible, but I do wonder what it would have been like with Will Smith.