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Be it good or bad, when we think of the classic movies that we've watched over and over a million and one times, a few things come to mind. The music, the plotline being a couple. But you also think of the actor/actress who landed the lead role.

Any Back to the Future fan knows we almost got to see Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly. But what about other classics?

Here are some actors who juuuuuuuust about made it, whether they actually got to film some of the movie, they just auditioned, or they were strongly considered.

Eric Stoltz
Marty McFly, Back to the Future

Great scott!

Tom Selleck
Indiana Jones, Ind....duh

Hailee Steinfeld
Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games

J-Law & Henry Cavill
Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, Twilight

Jennifer auditioned for Bella (thank GAWD she didn't get that role), and author Stephanie Meyer wanted Cavill for Edward.

Gwyneth Paltrow
Jurassic Park, Ellie Sattler and Rose, Titanic

Will Smith
Django, Django Unchained

Quentin created the role with Will Smith in mind, but Big Willy wanted to be the lead.

Will Smith & Ewan McGregor
Neo, The Matrix

David Schwimmer
Agent J., MIB

Agent K., we were on a break!

Robin Williams
Hagrid, Harry Potter

Tom Cruise
Iron Man

Show me the money! Wait, never mind...I have gobs already.

O.J. Simpson

Actual quote, I sh you not: "People wouldn't have believed a nice guy like OJ playing the part of a ruthless killer."

Jim Carrey
Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

AlllllRIGHTY then

Alexander Skarsgard & Josh Hartnett
Thor & Loki

Charlize Theron
Nomi, Showgirls

Cameron Diaz
Sonya Blade, Mortal Kombat

A broken wrist while training for a fight sequence made it possible for Bridgette Wilson to take over

Paul McCartney
Ross Gellar's father-in-law/Emily Waltham's dad, Friends

Jennie Garth
Kelly Kapowski, Saved by the Bell

Had she gotten that role, maybe Tiffani Amber Theissen would have become a spokesperson for the anti-vax movement. Jennie did end up playing Valerie Malone later on.

Katie Holmes
Annette Hargrove, Cruel Intentions

Lucy Hale
Anastasia Steele, Fifty Shades of Grey

Still probably would have sucked with the Pretty Little Liars actress.

Josh Hartnett (again)
Batman, Superman, AND Spiderman. Seems a little hard to believe, but whatevs.

Liam Neeson
Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln

Leonardo DiCaprio
Max Dennison, Hocus Pocus & Patrick Bateman, American Psycho

Gave up the chance at Hocus Pocus to be in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, in which he snagged the first of many Almost Oscars.

Johnny Depp
The Doctor, Doctor Who

Blake Lively, Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman
Ryan Stone, Gravity

Jake Gyllenhaal
Mighty Ducks, unknown role

His parents wouldn't let him out of school to audition! The nerve!

Seth Rogen
Dwight, The Office

Max De Costa, Elysium

He wouldn't take the role because his demand that it be filmed in Detroit wasn't met...weird

Al Pacino
Han Solo, Star Wars

Al said it had something to do with him not understanding the script. What's not to understand?

Frances Bean Cobain
Bella Swan, Twilight

The daughter of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, her mom claimed that she had a shot (no pun intended...jeez) at the role. Not sure I would believe that woman.

Mark Wahlberg
Captain Kirk's father, the new Star Trek

Jessica Biel, Britney Spears & Reese Witherspoon
Allie, The Notebook

Jennifer Hudson
Precious Jones, Precious

James Franco
A part in That '70s Show

Not a movie, but cool nonetheless

Denzel Washington
Lead in Seven & Michael Clayton

Tim Roth
Severus Snape, Harry Potter

I'd say that worked out well! R.I.P. Alan Rickman

Thomas Jane
Don Draper, Mad Men


Julia Roberts
Leigh Anne Touhy, The Blind Side

Matt Damon
Jake Sully, Avatar

Not only have we had to spend billions of dollars rescuing Matt Damon during a war, from Mars and from deep space, but we almost had to use that tree to make him and his avatar one.

Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Peter Parker, Spider-Man

IIIII don't think so, Freddie

David Boreanaz
Bruce Wayne, Buh Buh Buh Buh BATMAN!


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