Some actors bring characters to life and are absolutely defined by the people they portray in their movies. Sometimes, though, it is fun to play what-if especially when it comes to these ten iconic roles that almost went to other actors.
10. The Bear Jew (Inglorious Basterds)
Played by Eli Roth
Role was offered to Adam Sandler
When Quentin Tarantino casts a movie he is often all over the place. In fact, when a Tarantino movie is set to come out there are so many casting rumors that it is hard to keep up with it all. Adam Sandler’s name came up pretty often when discussing Inglorious Basterds. In fact, Tarantino said he wrote the role for Sandler. However, Sandler had to turn it down because it conflicted with the filming of Funny People.
9. Maximus Decimus Meridius (Gladiator)
Played By Russell Crowe
Role was offered to Mel Gibson
The role that earned Russell Crowe an Oscar and sparked a pretty solid working relationship with Ridley Scott was originally offered to Mel Gibson. Gibson felt he was too old and out of shape to properly portray the character. Also, Gibson was still finishing up filming of The Patriot, which may have played into his decision.