Casting That Could Have Been // the Almost-stars of Your Favorite Films
I always love a Sliding Doors moment, so to hear Pacino was gonna be Han Solo? Say it ain't so(lo)! Anyway, a few highlights from an interesting @EW article on the actors & actresses who turned down iconic roles.
- •Al Pacino as Han Solo in Star WarsPacino said he ultimately "didn't understand the script," and therefore didn't take Harrison Ford's role.
- •Drew Barrymore as Nomi Malone in ShowgirlsFirst of all, this would have been rad, ESPECIALLY with MADONNA as Cristal Conners, which the movie's makers were trying for. Instead, Drew did a cameo in Scream. Harrumph.
- •Leonardo DiCaprio as Dirk Diggler in Boogie NightsHe calls turning down the role "his biggest regret."
- •John Travolta as Forrest GumpHe also passed on American Gigolo and An Officer And A Gentleman. Instead of Gump, Travolta did Pulp Fiction, so for the best, me thinks.
- •Will Smith as Neo in The MatrixSkeptical of the "bullet time" special effects and the Wachowskis as "untested action-movie directors," Will Smith passed to do Wild Wild West instead.
- •Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost ArkSelleck's commitment to Magnum P.I. got in the way. Crazy. Also: George Lucas did NOT write the role for Harrison Ford (obvi), and, in fact, he asked director Steven Spielberg to look at other actors. That's cold, Lucas. Stone cold.
- •Molly Ringwald as Vivian Ward in Pretty WomanThe thought of this ever *not* being Julia Roberts? Nearly criminal. Also interesting: the movie was once called "$3000," Vivian had a drug (not dental floss) habit, and the whole Richard Gere-in-a-limo bit didn't happen.