Some Hollywood actors are feeling so huge that it’s impossible to believe they’ve ever faced rejection. Today, they have emerged as the faces of popular franchises or iconic characters. But these stars had to contend with many rejections and auditions before Hollywood recognized their potential. Despite their fame, many fans have no idea that these actors competed for some legendary roles but did not land the film. The story would have been different if these celebrities had played the iconic characters. Check out the 10 Hollywood stars who also auditioned for famous movie roles.
Jennifer Lawrence for Twilight
If you had the chance, who would you prefer between Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence for Bella Swan? I guess we already know the answer. Before Lawrence became one of Hollywood’s biggest and highest paid actresses, she competed against Kristen Stewart for the “Twilight” franchise. But the casting directors chose Stewart over the future Oscar-winning actress. In fact, this gem faced many rejections before establishing itself in the industry.
Tom Selleck for Raiders of the Lost Ark
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas disagreed over the casting choice for Indiana Jones. While Spielberg supported Harrison Ford, Lucas wanted Tom Selleck to play his character. In the end, Selleck was shortlisted in his auditions, but he was unable to get on board due to previous engagements. His contract with “Magnum PI” prevented him from working on two projects at the same time.
Millie Bobby Brown for Logan
The young and phenomenal actress rose to prominence in the Netflix series “Stranger Things”. Millie had also auditioned for X-23 in “Logan” before her breakthrough role. Although she lost the film to Dafne Keen, she was more successful playing a similar character on Netflix. Eleven and X-23 have both been subjected to lab experiments and need to work on their local language skills.
Robert De Niro for The Godfather
Francis Ford Coppola had found his Michael Corleone in Al Pacino and would not settle for anyone other than him. At the same time, Robert De Niro was targeting Sonny Corleone but was offered for Paulie Gatto. Things got complicated when Al Pacino had to withdraw from “The Godfather” because he conflicted with his timing with “The Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight”. So Coppola struck a deal and traded De Niro for Al Pacino. In return, he cast Robert De Niro in “The Godfather 2” for Vito Corleone. It turned out to be even bigger than the previous offering and won him an Oscar.
Kurt Russell for Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
Harrison Ford owes his fame to the “Star Wars” franchise where he deserved his big break. At that time, he was an unknown artist who rivaled the famous Kurt Russell for Han Solo. His chances of landing the iconic role were slim until Kurt gave up at the last moment for an ABC show. Would Ford still be the face of “Blade Runner” and “Indiana Jones” without “Star Wars”?
Miles Teller for La La Land
Miles Teller and Damien Chazelle were ready to team up again after the success of “Whiplash”. The actor was almost ready to retire from his existing project with “War Dogs” to begin filming “La La Land”. But before he could do so, Miles was reportedly informed by his sources that Damien was looking for other actors for the film.
Scarlet Johansson for Jumanji
Much like many actors on this list, Scarlet Johansson also faced her fair share of wrestling before becoming one of the highest paying actresses. The MCU star suffered many rejections during his youth. One of them was “Jumanji” who chose Kirsten Dunst in her place.
Matthew McConaughey for Titanic
How to choose between two extremely talented men? Matthew McConaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio are two of the most versatile actors who can take their audiences by storm. It turns out that even Matthew had auditioned for Jack Dawson in Titanic. The story would have been almost different if James Cameron hadn’t been so firmly attached to Leonardo.
Brad Pitt for Backdraft
Brad Pitt and William Baldwin had auditioned together for “Backdraft” and “Thelma and Lois”. But it was William who had passed both auditions. In the end, he dropped “Thelma and Lois” to star in “Backdraft”, making way for Brad. However, appearing in “Thelma and Lois” proved to be a springboard for the actor.
Josh Hutcherson for The Amazing Spider-Man
Before landing an important role in the franchise “The Hunger Games”, Josh Hutcherson had applied for Marvel. The announcement of Sony’s renewal of the Spider-Man franchise after Tobey Maguire caught Josh’s attention. This prompted him to send in a video of himself showing off his fighting skills, but the studios went with Andrew Garfield.