ByVamsi Viswanadha, writer at Creators.co
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Vamsi Viswanadha
There is no fate that plans men's lives. Whatever comes to us, good or bad, is usually the result of our own action or lack of action. - Herbert N.Casson

1. DOUGHRAY SCOTT AS WOLVERINE

DoughRay Scott was originally roped in to play Wolverine in the original X-Men film in early October 1999. But due to scheduling conflicts with Mission : Impossible 2, the gig went out to Hugh Jackman who now happens to be one of the biggest stars in the world. No hard feelings though. Scott told the Daily Record: “I like Hugh, he’s a really lovely guy. It wasn’t as if he stole it off me. Basically, my movie ran over and I had to pull out.”
DoughRay Scott was originally roped in to play Wolverine in the original X-Men film in early October 1999. But due to scheduling conflicts with Mission : Impossible 2, the gig went out to Hugh Jackman who now happens to be one of the biggest stars in the world. No hard feelings though. Scott told the Daily Record: “I like Hugh, he’s a really lovely guy. It wasn’t as if he stole it off me. Basically, my movie ran over and I had to pull out.”

2. MEL GIBSON AS MAXIMUS

According to a sketchy New York Times article, the Braveheart star was roped in by Director Ridley Scott to play the role of Maximum Decimus Meridius in the film Gladiator. However, the role moved over to fellow Australian, Russell Crowe. Seeing as Russell Crowe would go on to score an Academy Award for his efforts, we imagine Gibson regrets his decision.
According to a sketchy New York Times article, the Braveheart star was roped in by Director Ridley Scott to play the role of Maximum Decimus Meridius in the film Gladiator. However, the role moved over to fellow Australian, Russell Crowe. Seeing as Russell Crowe would go on to score an Academy Award for his efforts, we imagine Gibson regrets his decision.

3. WILL SMITH AS NEO

Yes, you heard it right. Will Smith turned down The Matrix. Everything’s turned out fine for him since then, but he explained his decision to Wired in 2004: “You know, The Matrix is a difficult concept to pitch. In the pitch, I just didn't see it. I watched Keanu's performance - and very rarely do I say this - but I would have messed it up. I would have absolutely messed up The Matrix.”
Yes, you heard it right. Will Smith turned down The Matrix. Everything’s turned out fine for him since then, but he explained his decision to Wired in 2004: “You know, The Matrix is a difficult concept to pitch. In the pitch, I just didn't see it. I watched Keanu's performance - and very rarely do I say this - but I would have messed it up. I would have absolutely messed up The Matrix.”

4. JOHN CUSACK / MATTHEW BRODERICK AS WALTER WHITE

After Malcolm in the Middle, Bryan Cranston made a huge career leap when he was cast as Walter White on Breaking Bad. But the Hollywood Reporter revealed that execs from the network were more interested in getting Matthew Broderick or John Cusack to take the lead role. Luckily, they both passed.
After Malcolm in the Middle, Bryan Cranston made a huge career leap when he was cast as Walter White on Breaking Bad. But the Hollywood Reporter revealed that execs from the network were more interested in getting Matthew Broderick or John Cusack to take the lead role. Luckily, they both passed.

5. EMILY BLUNT AS BLACK WINDOW

Scarlett Johansson totally kills it as the Black Widow in The Avengers. But the part was almost Emily Blunt’s, who had to back out. She’s fine with it, though, as she explained to ScreenRant: I didn’t do it at the time because it wasn’t the right time and I was contracted to do something else. But Scarlett [Johansson] has done such a phenomenal job – she’s it!”
Scarlett Johansson totally kills it as the Black Widow in The Avengers. But the part was almost Emily Blunt’s, who had to back out. She’s fine with it, though, as she explained to ScreenRant: I didn’t do it at the time because it wasn’t the right time and I was contracted to do something else. But Scarlett [Johansson] has done such a phenomenal job – she’s it!”

6. ANNETTE BENING AS CATWOMAN

For many, Michelle Pfeiffer is the only Catwoman, having stolen the show in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. But, as Blastr points out, the role was originally Annette Bening’s, who dropped out when she became pregnant right before shooting started.
For many, Michelle Pfeiffer is the only Catwoman, having stolen the show in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. But, as Blastr points out, the role was originally Annette Bening’s, who dropped out when she became pregnant right before shooting started.

7. NATASHA LYONNE AS BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

Orange is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne almost had a very different career path if she hadn’t walked away from the lead in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. She’s hinted at her decision in interviews for a while, with a solid account compiled by the Huffington Post.
Orange is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne almost had a very different career path if she hadn’t walked away from the lead in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. She’s hinted at her decision in interviews for a while, with a solid account compiled by the Huffington Post.

8. SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR AS CHER HOROWITZ

Speaking of Buffy, Gellar herself almost took on another iconic role from the 1990s: Cher Horowitz from Clueless. Gellar had to pass on the role, says Complex, because it conflicted with work on All My Children.
Speaking of Buffy, Gellar herself almost took on another iconic role from the 1990s: Cher Horowitz from Clueless. Gellar had to pass on the role, says Complex, because it conflicted with work on All My Children.

9. CHRISTIAN BALE AS BATMAN

Even though he quit, Christian Bale says he’s jealous to hand Batman’s cape to Ben Affleck. He told Empire (via ComicBookMovie): “I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, 'Oh go on... Let's do another.' So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.”
Even though he quit, Christian Bale says he’s jealous to hand Batman’s cape to Ben Affleck. He told Empire (via ComicBookMovie): “I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, 'Oh go on... Let's do another.' So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.”

10. THOMAS JANE AS DON DRAPER

When we think of Mad Men, we think of Jon Hamm. But Hamm told Marc Maron on the WTF podcast back in 2011 that the role that gave him his break almost went to someone else: “The funny thing was, I think they went to Thomas Jane for it, and they were told that Thomas Jane does not do television.” Jane later did television on HBO’s Hung, which lasted three seasons.
When we think of Mad Men, we think of Jon Hamm. But Hamm told Marc Maron on the WTF podcast back in 2011 that the role that gave him his break almost went to someone else: “The funny thing was, I think they went to Thomas Jane for it, and they were told that Thomas Jane does not do television.” Jane later did television on HBO’s Hung, which lasted three seasons.
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