15 Movie Roles Offered to Just One Actor

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7. Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)

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As shocking as it may sound, Chadwick Boseman was not only the first but also the only actor considered for the role of T’Challa aka Black Panther in Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Furthermore, the actor did not even audition for the role whereas the rest of his leading co-stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Pratt had to audition for their respective superhero roles.


6. Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane)

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When director Christopher Columbus asked J. K. Rowling if she had any actors in mind for her characters in Harry Potter novels, she quickly suggested Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane for the portrayal of Rubeus Hagrid.

The producers would subsequently call the actor and said,

“You’re playing Hagrid, and we’re having no arguments about it.”

Coltrane, who was already a fan of the novels and described as a perfect casting choice by Rowling herself, happily accepted the part.


5. Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman)

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The character of Beatrix Kiddo was mutually created by director Quentin Tarantino and actress Uma Thurman on the set of 1994 crime movie Pulp Fiction. Nine years later, the character had been well-developed enough to have a movie of her own and Tarantino immediately offered the role to Thurman.

Though the actress accepted the offer, she became pregnant mere days before the shooting began and instead of recasting the character, Tarantino delayed the shooting.

“If Josef Von Sternberg is getting ready to make Morocco and Marlene Dietrich gets pregnant, he waits for Dietrich,”

he states.


4. Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista)

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As explained by former professional wrestler and actor Dave Bautista, he has much in common with Drax the Destroyer apart from the bulky physique. Both are riddled with tattoos and are victims of family tragedies. Among the handful of actors considered for the role, Jason Momoa was remarkably close to bagging the role and even auditioned for it.

However, Momoa has clarified that he willingly removed himself from consideration before an official offer was presented on the table. Eventually, Bautista was the only actor offered the role as he was indeed destined for it.


3. Nikola Tesla (David Bowie)

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Leading actors Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman were certainly the stars of psychological thriller The Prestige but musician David Bowie was not too far behind despite his minimal screen time.

Bowie elegantly portrayed historic inventor Nikola Tesla but he had initially declined the part. Director Christopher Nolan was so adamant on having Bowie as Tesla that he flew to New York to personally offer him the role. Upon their encounter, Bowie accepted the role within a few minutes.

“David Bowie was really the only guy I had in mind to play Tesla because his function in the story is a small but very important role,”

reveals Nolan.


2. John Nada (Roddy Piper)

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Directed by John Carpenter, the science fiction horror movie They Live stars late professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as John Nada, a drifter who kills aliens that are secretly living in the society. Piper was trying to crack his way open to Hollywood and merely had two movies to his credit as a leading man yet Carpenter zealously offered him the role and no one else.

Rumors persist that Carpenter’s frequent collaborator Kurt Russell was initially offered the role but that is false. As the former recalls, he desired a working-poor guy instead of an upper-middle class. Since Roddy was “absolutely perfect” for a down and out character, Carpenter never thought of anyone else for the part.


1. The Joker (Heath Ledger)

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Though several actors such as Henry Cavill, Hugh Dancy, Joshua Jackson, Cillian Murphy, Jake Gyllenhaal auditioned, were considered or either expressed interest for the role of Batman, only one actor was considered and offered the role of The Joker by director Christopher Nolan – Heath Ledger.

The casting choice was initially met with displeasure from fans and even from the executives of Warner Bros. who were doubtful about Ledger’s acting abilities being suitable for the intense role of the Joker. Once the trailer of The Dark Knight was released, Ledger made everyone realize that Nolan was not introducing the Joker played by an actor the fans wanted, but played by the actor the fans did not know they wanted.


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