Nicole Kidman wasn’t “well-known sufficient” or “gifted sufficient” (in her phrases) to be solid reverse Hugh Grant within the 1999 movie Notting Hill — regardless of “actually wanting” it and having been within the trade for 16 years, starring in movies corresponding to Batman Endlessly and Sensible Magic.
In distinction, Harry Types was thought-about for this yr’s Elvis biopic however wasn’t solid as a result of Baz Luhrmann felt that “he’s Harry Types; he is already an icon.”
Singer Tom Jones was equally considered for the function of James Bond at one level, however producer Cubby Broccoli apparently determined that Jones was too recognizable in his personal proper as a “singer with a giant character,” asking, “Would folks settle for him as being James Bond? May they get previous him being Tom Jones?”
Jim Carrey was as soon as thought-about for the function of Buzz Lightyear in 1995’s Toy Story, however according to Joss Whedon, who labored on the film’s script, “Disney put the kibosh on the particular person they needed for Buzz Lightyear as a result of he wasn’t well-known sufficient, so we could not use Jim Carrey.” Carrey’s fame skyrocketed in 1994 due to Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, and The Masks, however these had not but been launched on the time of casting.
Tobey Maguire was lower from Lifetime of Pi forward of its launch, with the director, Ang Lee, saying he “determined to go along with a completely worldwide solid.” Nonetheless, sources reported that it was as a result of he was “too well-known” for the small function, particularly in a movie with out enormous stars past Maguire. Rafe Spall, who’s British, reshot the function.
Charlize Theron was not “well-known sufficient on the time” to be solid because the lead in Showgirls. The function went to Elizabeth Berkley as a substitute, who was principally identified for Saved by the Bell. The movie bombed and tanked Elizabeth Berkley’s profession, whereas Theron went on to win an Oscar and turn out to be a significant star, so possibly that was for the most effective.
Lionsgate apparently felt that Christian Bale wasn’t well-known sufficient to play the lead function in American Psycho, and as a substitute solid Leonardo DiCaprio because the lead. (To be truthful, Bale had starred in movies like Little Girls and Newsies, however he was nowhere close to DiCaprio at his then-post-Titanic-stage fame.) Fortunately, DiCaprio left the undertaking, and the unique author/director (Mary Harron) who had pushed for Bale was introduced again on, and the remainder is historical past.
In one other instance the place the movie ended up with the “not well-known sufficient” actor, Christopher Plummer was reportedly initially thought-about for All of the Cash within the World, however the studio needed a much bigger identify, so that they went with Kevin Spacey. Within the wake of the sexual assault allegations towards Spacey, Plummer stepped again in and shot his scenes in 9 days. He was nominated for an Oscar for his efficiency.
And in yet one more related instance, Mark Ruffalo was almost solid because the Hulk in The Unimaginable Hulk as a substitute of Edward Norton — however based on the director Louis Leterrier, Marvel advised him to solid Norton “as a result of he is extra well-known.” Ruffalo would go on to exchange Norton within the function in The Avengers and all different Marvel movies.
Gal Gadot says she was “by no means large enough of a reputation” for a bunch of various high-profile initiatives previous to Marvel Girl. “They at all times want somebody…It was at all times me and ‘the large identify,'” she added, saying she’d make it to the display screen take a look at earlier than being dropped. One rejection was for the function of Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Highway. The function as a substitute went to Charlize Theron.
Dustin Hoffman was too recognizable to be in The Elephant Man. One of many producers, Jonathan Sanger, identified, “We’re at all times going to be seeking to see the place the Elephant Man ends and Dustin Hoffman begins.'” The function went to John Harm, who had been appearing for 18 years however was not on the stage of fame of Hoffman, who had simply appeared in Kramer vs. Kramer (for which he received an Oscar), and had after all starred in The Graduate over a decade earlier.
Carey Mulligan was apparently told in 2010 that she wasn’t well-known sufficient to cameo on Glee. She’d starred in movies like Wall Avenue: Cash By no means Sleeps and The Best. This was throughout Season 2 of Glee, which noticed celebs like Britney Spears, Katie Couric, and Gwyneth Paltrow visitor star.
In distinction, Carla Gugino says Mad Males creator Matthew Weiner advised her she was “too well-known” to star in Mad Males, and that he did not need to “rent anybody whose renown would possibly detract from her capacity to vanish into the function.”
Larry David reportedly felt that Richard Variety was “too well-known” for Curb Your Enthusiasm — however on this case, Variety was in a position to persuade him he wasn’t, and ended up on the present.
Fox reportedly wanted a much bigger star for Workplace House, like Ben Affleck or Matt Damon. Author/director Mike Choose pushed again and received Ron Livingston (who wasn’t well-known on the time) solid.
The studio then insisted the feminine lead be a significant star, which led to Jennifer Aniston (throughout her days on Buddies) being solid. Nonetheless, they at first nervous she was really “too well-known” for the function, because it was “smaller.”
Equally, Beasts of No Nation author/director Cary Joji Fukunaga thought Idris Elba is perhaps “too well-known” to desire a function in his movie. He had set out solely eager to solid non-actors. Elba was nominated for a Golden Globe and received a SAG award for his work on the movie.
La Vie en Rose director Olivier Dahan at all times needed Marion Cotillard to play the singer Édith Piaf, however faced some resistance as “a few of the movie’s financiers didn’t discover her bodily related sufficient to Piaf, or well-known sufficient concerning the finances. They needed somebody extra well-known for a big viewers,” based on Dahan. In truth, financiers then apparently lower down their spending, and Dahan found out how one can make the movie with much less cash so they might preserve Cotillard. She received an Oscar for the function.
And eventually, Oprah auditioned to be in Doubt however misplaced out on the function as a result of director John Patrick Shanley apparently said, “It wasn’t lengthy sufficient [of a scene] to lose the Oprah issue.” The function went to Viola Davis, who was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Mrs. Miller.
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