If actors had total control, which roles would they choose? When it comes to auditioning for Hollywood roles, there are some parts that are more elusive or more interesting than others. But no one can know for sure which ones will end up being the most successful. From today’s perspective, there are roles that many actors would have wanted to land because they knew it would help their career, but of course, there was only room for one. Here are some roles that brought actors huge success.
1. The role of Rachel Green in Friends was highly desired by many young actresses.
Yet again, nobody could have predicted just how successful the show was going be. However, some had a feeling. Names like Jane Krakowski, Tea Leoni, and Elizabeth Berkley were all contenders for the part.
2. After the success of the books, the role for Harry Potter was a popular one.
J.K. Rowling requested that all actors be British. But, still, there were 40,000 children who were after the part. Ultimately, Daniel Radcliffe was selected and stole hearts around the world.
3. Gone Girl was such a successful book, and anyone would have great success playing the main part of Amy Dunne.
Big names like Olivia Wilde, Reese Witherspoon, and Charlize Theron were all after the coveted role. However, they probably made the right call with Rosamund Pike.
4. Titanic was another huge movie, and many actors and actresses hoped to become the main actors.
It certainly would have been interesting to see actors like Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Geena Davis or Angelina Jolie take over as leads.
5. The casting for Gone with the Wind took two whole years.
Finding the actress to play Scarlett became a huge casting. And it certainly worked.
The process cost $100,000 with over a thousand women interviewed for the part. Katharine Hepburn really wanted the role, but she was told that she wasn’t the right fit for it. Thirty-one women were then screen-tested, and they finally selected on an unknown actress at the time, Vivien Leigh.
6. There was a ridiculous amount of competition to land the role of Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
J. J. Abrams actually wanted the actress to be someone unknown. That person ended up being Daisy Ridley.
7. Over 3000 people competed for the chance to play a young Han Solo in the untitled 2018 film.
Alden Ehrenreich would be named as the lead, but he actually had to beat out some major names like Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco and Miles Teller.
8. The Hunger Games was a hugely popular series and many young actresses auditioned for the part of Katniss Everdeen.
Some big names like Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, and Shailene Woodley all tried to land the role, but Jennifer Lawrence was the one.
9. Can you imagine the competition for a role such as Wonder Woman?
Gal Gadot ended up being chosen because “she’s strong, she’s beautiful, and she’s a kind person,” said producer Zack Snyder. Sandra Bullock and Katie Holmes were also considered for the part.
10. Casting for the role of Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman took a really long time.
Actresses like Molly Ringwald and Meg Ryan turned down the role because of how controversial the character might be.
11. John Hughes wrote Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with Matthew Broderick in mind, but other actors almost beat him.
Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise and John Cusack were all up for the role, but Matthew’s charm won out in the end.
12. It’s no surprise that James Bond is a highly sought-after role in Hollywood.
Although Daniel Craig as the current actor in this role is perfect, the competition is heating up to see who’s going to be taking over.
Major actors are up for this exclusive part, like Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Michael Fassbender.
13. Fifty Shades of Grey became insanely popular overnight, and so many were after the lead role of Christian Grey.
Robert Pattinson was seriously considered, as well as Ian Somerhalder and Chace Crawford.
14. Also, there were a ton of actresses up for the part of Anastasia Steele.
These included Elizabeth Olsen, Shailene Woodley, and Felicity Jones. However, Dakota Johnson ended up snagging the part!
15. Casting the role of Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs was a long process.
Jodie Foster wanted the part but was initially told that she wasn’t right for it. The director wanted Michelle Pfeiffer to play it, but eventually, Jodie won.
16. The role of the first Batman was a big one for actors back in the ’80s.
Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, and even Bill Murray were all considered for the part. Michael Keaton’s casting was actually pretty controversial at the time.
17. A couple of actors were interested in playing the role of Edward Scissorhands.
Tom Cruise, for example, was up for the part. Other actors up for the part were Jim Carrey, John Cusack, Robert Downey Jr. and even Michael Jackson.
Although Johnny Depp hadn’t starred in anything major, Tim Burton knew that he wanted him. Apparently, Johnny “wept like a newborn” when he found out that he had gotten the part.