Matthew Modine regrets having rejected the lead role in “Big”.
The 61-year-old actor was offered the chance to star in the iconic 1988 film and revealed he had a “much darker” tone before Tom Hanks joined the cast.
He shared, “I wish I could have done ‘Big.’ When the script was sent to me, it was a much darker movie.
“They gave the movie to Robert De Niro and Harrison Ford before they came to see me, so that didn’t make sense, because these guys are almost 20 years older than me.
“I thought if I had been cast in the movie he wouldn’t have the irony he needed. Obviously the tone has changed so much, and Tom Hanks is great in the movie. It would have been very different with me. “
Meanwhile, Matthew is confident that divisions in American society can be corrected in the coming months.
However, the Hollywood star believes the country needs to dig deep after a year of unrest.
He told The Independent: “America has never dealt honestly with what its history is – the slaughter of indigenous peoples, the enslavement of millions of Africans who were brought in to build our country.
“The dream is for everyone to have an equal voice, for racial and social justice, but you can’t do it until you take care of the cracks in the foundation on which this country was built.”
Matthew believes the United States needs to be more realistic and honest about its issues in order to avoid repeating “mistakes”.
He said, “The truth is if we look at ourselves in the mirror to see ourselves as who we are, that’s a bull ****.
“The only way I believe we can recover is to honestly look at our past – otherwise, we’ll keep making these mistakes.”