10 Even More Movie Roles Obviously Designed For Other Actors

These iconic roles could have looked very different.

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Movie history is full of what ifs.

What if Stanley Kubrick had made AI? What if Sean Connery took the role of Gandalf? What if Michael Bay had never been born? The pyrotechnics industry would be in tatters!

Some of the most tantalising hypotheticals centre around certain actors playing certain parts. Scriptwriters often have specific people in mind when writing roles, but dream casting is sometimes just a dream.

We've already brought you 10 Movie Roles Obviously Designed For Other Actors and 10 More Movie Roles Obviously Designed For Other Actors. However, we are the gift that keeps on giving, so here are 10 more for your pleasure!

It has either been confirmed or highly speculated that the following roles were originally intended for the following actors. Most were actually approached over the characters, but for one reason or another, they turned them down.

Some were able to move on, whilst some severely regretted that choice.

Would these movies have been better had the writers and directors got their first choice? It's hard to say, as some of them are amongst the best films ever made. Still, it's fun to imagine, isn't it...

10. Bill In Kill Bill - Warren Beatty

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Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies are an homage to old school martial arts, action, and crime movies. One man who knows all about those last two is veteran actor Warren Beatty.

Star of The Parallax View, Mickey One, and Bonnie and Clyde, Beatty made a name for himself in Hollywood in the '60s and '70s, the era Tarantino was aping with Kill Bill.

It's not surprising then that the director wrote a part specifically for Warren. Not just any part - the part.

Beatty was the initial first choice to play Bill, the main antagonist of the films and the ultimate target of Uma Thurman's The Bride.

Unfortunately, when it became apparent that Bill would need to do more than just sit in a chair and smirk, it was decided that Beatty did not possess the right training for the role.

David Carradine played Bill instead and did a mighty fine job with the character. Beatty would have been perfect in the role though; his movie megastar confidence would have shone through in Bill's smarmy arrogance.

Ah well, maybe if they ever make Vol. 3.


Jacob Simmons has a great many passions, including rock music, giving acclaimed films three-and-a-half stars, watching random clips from The Simpsons on YouTube at 3am, and writing about himself in the third person.