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Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones? Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly in Back to The Future series? Chuck Norris in The Karate Kid (thank god!)?

Ever wish your favourite character was (or wasn't) played by someone else? Go visit notstarring.com ; a movie trivia database focusing exclusively on movie stars and the roles they turned down, auditioned for, got fired from, or simply didn't get. I didn't know the validity of some of the information, but it sure is addictive and funny.

Some of my favourites :

  • Brad Pitt in The Shawshank Redemption.
Brad Pitt was intended for the role of Tommy Williams.

  • Sean Connery in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf. He said in an interview that he "didn't understand it" and therefore didn't want to spend 18 months on the project.

  • Sylvester Stallone in Star Wars.
According to Lucas, Sylvester Stallone was considered for the role of Han Solo (along with over 1000 others).

  • Michael Madsen in Pulp Fiction.
The role of Vincent Vega was actually written for Madsen. Madsen played "Vic Vega" in Reservoir Dogs and it is rumored that the same character was supposed to be in Pulp Ficiton too until Madsen declined and the role was changed to "Vincent."

  • Will Smith in The Matrix.
Will Smith turned down the lead role, admitting later that he had no regrets because "Keanu was brilliant as Neo."

And my personal, personal favourite :

  • Tupac Shakur in Forrest Gump.
According to his ex-wife, Tupac auditioned for the role of Bubba.

Tupac? My favourite gangsta rapper? As Bubba? You got to be kiddin' me!!


  1. :: samasam :: said...

    will smith - he refused to take the offer because he thought that film will flop. then he picked wild wild west instead. appearantly WWW tuh yg flopped, and matrix pula yg box office... itu yg i baca la...

  2. Nazim Masnawi said...

    Tom Cruise almost jadi Edward Scissorhand is the most terrifying.

  3. Nadia said...

    stallone jadik hans solo? husyy...nasib baik tak jadik...

  4. jimi said...

    i never like brad pitt. hate him even years ago.but hate tom cruise more.hahahah. thank god brad bukan dlm shawshank, i love the movie so much.

  5. Edd Vedder said...

    glad Will Smith pass on the Matrix, coz I cannot imagine anyone else playing Neo other than Keanu.

    tom cruise almost jadi everything is terrifying.

    kalau stallone jadi hans solo, aku rasa kita tak akan kenal harrison ford sampai sekarang. Or maybe Stallone yg akan jd Indiana Jones? Fuhh.. now, that's scary..!

    I'm okay with Brad Pitt but Tom Cruise is getting too irritating since The Firm. But Shawshank Redemption is such a great story, aku rasa kalau sapa2 pun pegang watak Tommy, filem tu tetap akan jd hebat. Unless of course, it's Tom Cruise.. Damn!

  6. Nadia said...

    stallone jadik indiana jones? uhhh..mimpi ngeri. larat ke dia nak beradventure ngan matanye yg stim & otot berketui-ketui?

    p/s: brad pitt? tom cruise? heh..aku ttp suka johnny depp sorang!..;-)

  7. Nazim Masnawi said...

    Sori, dudes. Cruise is better than Pitt. At least that cultist doesn't have this hey-look-at-me-I'm-cool attitude in all of his films that Pitt has been pullin' ever since Sleepers. Even in 12 Monkeys he plays a "cool" psycho. Whatta *beep*?!

  8. Edd Vedder said...

    jangan tak tahu.. According to an interview with Matrix composer Don Davis, Johnny Depp was the Wachowski's first choice for Neo. Can u imagine Depp as Neo..?

    that Scientology short bastard Cruise tries too hard to be cool whereas Pitt doesn't have to try.. he's definitely it.

    Imagine the final scene in Seven.. with Tom Cruise. I don't think it will work at all.. I think I'll be glad that Kevin Spacey chop off his wife's head.

    The only movie with Mr Cultist that I really like is Magnolia. And that's only because of that line..

  9. Zack said...

    ...respect the *what* tu ke?

    Stallone tak sepatutnya berlakon langsung, man. Langsung!

    PS: Aku tak sangka Sean Connery se-blur tuh.

  10. Iron Board said...

    Edd, Johnny Depp jadi Neo..??? Aiyo! One hell of a weird Neo he will be...! But at least better la than Will Smith tu, nanti jadi Neo of Bel Air plak...!

  11. Zack said...

    Edd, sapa lagik yang nak gi?

  12. bicaraskrip said...


    in my opinion, stallone cuma besh in ROCKY-1.. pilem itu shj! SAHAJA! full-stop! :-)

  13. Edd Vedder said...

    Neo of Bel Air? Mcm menarik je kalau buat spin-off.. hehe.

    Kira confirm la besok ekk? Lot 10 kan..

    ada satu lagi. The Itallion Stallion. Ko kena cari tu.. hehe.

  14. Nazim Masnawi said...

    Fuck you, Edd! And lancau that Brad Pig is a natural born cooler! Believe me, I AM glad that Spacey chops off his wife's head.

  15. Edd Vedder said...

    Thank you Nazim, bagi pahala puasa kau kt aku.. :)

  16. Iron Board said...

    edd...Happy Berbuka Puasa ari nih...

  17. Nazim Masnawi said...

    Kau provoke aku, so whose pahala went to who, man?!

  18. Zack said...

    Dunno whether diorang cilok/ get the idea from yer blog here, Edd, but this feature is in Sunday Mail 22/10/2006. The moment i read it I was like, whoa! Edd dah buat dulu benda nih...

  19. Edd Vedder said...

    tul ker? Aku jarang baca malay mail. Maybe jugak kebetulan. Tapi kalau betul diaorang cilok idea dari blog ni.. mmg sial la kan.

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