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Kelly McGillis almost got the role that launched this actress' career in 1992 in Basic Instinct.
Danny Devito, Nathan Lane, and David Alan Grier were all almost George Costanza, but this guy was on the megahit comedy Seinfeld.
Val Kilmer was almost Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing, but the role went to this man.
Stuart Townsend was actually Strider/Aragon in the Lord of the Rings series, but for only a few days before director Peter Jackson went with this older actor to play the role.
Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro probably would have never uttered 'Heeeeeeeere's Johnny!' in The Shining, but this actor who did get the part of Jack Torrance did.
Molly Ringwald was 'Pretty In Pink', but she almost was Pretty Woman Vivian Ward before it went to this actress.
Speaking of Pretty Woman, Al Pacino and Christopher Reeve almost were in the movie too, but this actor was picked to play Edward Lewis.
Before Rainn Wilson became Dwight Schrute of The Office, he was almost George Oscar Bluth III on Arrested Development. But this actor did.
Tea Leoni was originally cast as emotional shopaholic Rachel Green on Friends, but she--and her hair--gained fame for the role.
Jon Cryer and Jon Favreau both could have been Chandler Bing on Friends, but they turned it down. At least this actor wasn't foolish enough to turn it down.
Janene Garafolo and Jamie Gertz were almost Monica Geller on Friends, but it went to this Screamer instead. She also turned down the role of Rachel.
Tim Roth was the original choice to play the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series, but it went to this actor instead.
John Candy was the original choice to play Louis Tully in the Ghostbusters movie series, but this Canadian landed the role instead.
Michelle Pfeiffer turned down the role of Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. This actress benefitted from it and won a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
Ernest Borgnine, Orson Welles, and George C. Scott were all considered for the role of Don Vito Corleone before it went to this Academy Award winner.
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Tom Selleck is most famous as Magnum, P.I., but he almost was snake-hating archaeologist Indiana Jones. It took convincing from director Steven Spielberg to get this actor the role
Kevin Costner turned down the role of H.I. McDunnough in Raising Arizona before it went to this actor.
Charles Grodin, Warren Beatty, and Robert Redford all were at least considered for the role of Ben Broddock in The Graduate before it became this actor's breakout role.
Leonardo DiCaprio could have played Dirk Diggler in the hit Boogie Nights, but he figured in getting this actor the role instead.
Jack Nicholson and this actor turned down the role of con man turned vigilante Johnny Hooker, but he changed his mind and took the role.
Bette Midler and Anjelica Huston probably couldn’t have pulled off 'He didn't get out of the COCKADOODIE CAR!' like this actress did when she played Anne Wilkes in Misery.
The role of Andy Dufrense in The Shawshank Redemption could have gone to both Kevin Costner and Tom Hanks, but both turned it down before it went to this actor.
Ewan McGregor and Nicolas Cage could have been The One, Neo, in the The Matrix series, but it went to this actor instead.
Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe could have cut loose--Footloose--as Ren McCormack, but it didn't take six degrees of separation to give it to this actor instead.
Eric Stoltz was the original Marty McFly in Back to the Future, but he got replaced by this man.
Mel Gibson could have won an Oscar for his role as Maximus, but he turned it down, paving the way for this actor to play the role and win the Oscar.
Sarah Michelle Gellar broke out as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but her breakout probably would have come sooner had she not turned down the role as Cher in the movie Clueless. Instea
Matthew McConaughey was the studio's first choice to play Jack Dawson in Titanic, but director James Cameron fought to make this man 'the king of the world'.
Keanu Reeves and Kyle MacLachan both could have been Private Chris Taylor in Platoon, but turned it down, paving the way for this 'winning' actor.
This tall actress played the Thelma half of Thelma and Louise, but that wouldn't have been possible if Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathleen Turner, and Debra Winger all turned it down

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