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.
  1. Al Pacino as Han Solo in Star Wars
    Pacino said he ultimately "didn't understand the script," and therefore didn't take Harrison Ford's role.
  2. Drew Barrymore as Nomi Malone in Showgirls
    First 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.
  3. Leonardo DiCaprio as Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights
    He calls turning down the role "his biggest regret."
  4. John Travolta as Forrest Gump
    He also passed on American Gigolo and An Officer And A Gentleman. Instead of Gump, Travolta did Pulp Fiction, so for the best, me thinks.
  5. Will Smith as Neo in The Matrix
    Skeptical of the "bullet time" special effects and the Wachowskis as "untested action-movie directors," Will Smith passed to do Wild Wild West instead.
  6. Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Selleck'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.
  7. Molly Ringwald as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman
    The 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.