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Get the behind-the-scenes stories of how your favorite movies and shows were cast and how your favorite stars landed the part.
"Saturday Night Live" creates stars faster than you can say, "Live from New York!" But here are 30 big names the sketch show passed on.
He's one of the greatest actors of all-time, with 5 Oscar nominations and two wins, plus countless box office blockbusters. But even Tom Hanks has missed out on some classic roles.
Actor Matthew Rhys, known for his award-winning performance in "The Americans," plays Lloyd Vogel, a journalist interviewing Fred Rogers in 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.' What other roles has he played?
Matt Damon has been a Hollywood A-lister for more than 20 years, starring in comedies, dramas, and action franchises. But he's also missed out on a few roles along the way - from 'Training Day' to 'Office Space' - and more.
They're one of the most famous casts in television history - they'll be there for you when the rain starts to pour - but they weren't there in the beginning. So who else almost starred in "Friends"?
Margot Robbie almost played Emma Stone's role in 'Birdman', and Emma Roberts could have been Harley Quinn! Take a look at all the twists and turns in Margot Robbie's career in this episode of "Casting Calls."
Dwayne Johnson's rock climb to stardom is full of eyebrow-raising turns, from being considered for 'Jack Reacher' and 'Willy Wonka' to landing a huge role from a Facebook suggestion.
With his 30 year resume of award-winning performances and box office smashes, it's easy to believe Leonardo DiCaprio really is the "king of the world." But Leo struggled at the beginning, just like everyone else. What roles did he almost play along the way?
As a star on "Westworld", Evan Rachel Wood knows all about alternate realities. And in a different version of her Hollywood story, she could've been both a 'Mean Girl' and a 'Runaway.' What other roles did she turn down?
Spider-Man has been one of the biggest superhero franchises to hit the big screen in the past two decades. Between all 3 iterations, its history is a web of tangled could've-beens. Who was almost cast along the way?
Emma Stone is a Hollywood "favourite" now, but her rise to stardom hasn't always been "easy A's." What roles did she miss out on along the way?
Shailene Woodley has starred in a trilogy, been in multiple young adult hits, and earned award nominations - but to say it's been easy would be a big little lie. What other roles did she miss out on along the way?
'X-Men' first hit theaters almost two decades ago, launching a massive franchise and making a superstar out of Hugh Jackman. But he, and many other cast members, were not the first choice for their roles.
Brad Pitt has been one of Hollywood's most successful actors since his breakout role in 1991's 'Thelma & Louise.' But what roles did he miss out on through the years?
Keanu Reeves has been one of Hollywood's most prolific actors for three decades, starring in a long list of hits from 'Bill & Ted' and 'Point Break' to 'The Matrix' and 'John Wick.' And just as long as that list are the movies he almost starred in.
Just as Daenerys Targaryen has earned every one of the 32 words in her title, Emilia Clarke has paid her dues in Hollywood, auditioning and competing for roles on her way to stardom. She wasn't even the original Mother of Dragons. Let's look at the parts she nearly landed.
Between 'Avengers: Endgame' and Black Widow's solo movie, Scarlett Johansson is clocking in overtime at the MCU. It's easy to forget how many other actresses were considered for the role.
It's hard to imagine Forrest Gump as anyone other than Tom Hanks. See which other A-listers were up for the legendary role.
Will Smith is known for his roles in 'Independence Day,' 'Men in Black' and 'Bad Boys.' See which other movies almost got the Will Smith treatment.
Quentin Tarantino's landmark 'Pulp Fiction' hit theaters 25 years ago, reviving and launching numerous careers. But the now-legendary cast, including John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, almost looked completely different.
Jason Bateman, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor and more helped establish "Arrested Development" as a critical darling. See which other actors were almost cast in the cult classic.
Tom Hardy, Jared Leto and Denzel Washington all almost played rock stars. See which other A-listers were also up for rocker roles in music biopics.
Though he has over 180 acting credits, which roles has Hollywood's coolest mother-- Samuel L. Jackson missed out on?
J.J. Abrams' "Lost" almost had an entirely different cast. See which A-listers missed out on one of the most popular TV shows of all time.
Which fellow Avenger was almost cast as T'Challa? Take a look at 12 A-Listers who almost starred in 'Black Panther.'
'Titanic' was massive on every level, and that included the casting process. From Matthew McConaughey to Angelina Jolie, dozens of A-listers were considered. Who else missed out on the role of a lifetime?
Usually, walking dead into an audition is a bad thing - unless it's casting for "The Walking Dead" - which has left many name actors moaning in disappointment over the years. Who missed out on the franchise?
The Super Bowl makes stars out of football players - but many other players switched to acting along the way. Which roles did former players like The Rock and Channing Tatum almost land?
Jake Gyllenhaal has famously donned a cowboy hat, combat gear, and even a bubble - but never a cape...although he's come very close. What roles has he missed out on?
'The Shawshank Redemption' - IMDb's top-rated movie of all time - almost had an entirely different cast behind those legendary bars. But which stars missed out?
From 'American Psycho' to 'Batman Begins' to 'Vice', Christian Bale is a bonafide A-list star. But he missed out on plenty of huge roles along the way. So what were they?
Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are some of the most iconic superheroes ever, and have been played by Hollywood legends. So it should be no surprise how many big names have nearly donned those capes.
It's been 15 years since we all left Middle Earth and 'The Lord of the Rings' - but some actors never got there to begin with. Which stars were almost cast in the epic trilogy?
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a who's who of Hollywood stars lined up for the three part conclusion to one of the greatest franchises of all time. So who was the force strongest with for the latest 'Star Wars' trilogy?
'Captain Marvel' is one of the most anticipated movies of 2019, and there was no shortage of actresses rumored for the role. So which stars, including Oscar winners, missed out on the blockbuster role?
Stephen Amell is front and center in "Arrow," but did you know that the part was almost played by "This Is Us" star Justin Hartley? Take a look at all the stars who could've been part of the Arrowverse.
'Scream' reignited the horror genre in 1996 - and you won't believe how many future Hollywood stars were considered for the cast.
When you're two-time Oscar nominee and global fan favorite Ryan Gosling, sometimes it seems you can do whatever you want, like turning down some of Hollywood's hottest roles, from comic book hero to leading man in the sexiest trilogy of all time.
Charlize Theron is an Oscar-winning dramatic actress, action hero, and comedic star. She may have her pick of any number of roles, but that wasn't always the case.