These films have gained immense popularity and have become almost a cult, but did you know that initially each of these roles had to go to quite different actors? And that’s who it could be 😉
P.S. We do not agree to Die Hard without Willis! 😭
John McClain (Die Harder) – Arnold Schwarzenegger
Originally, the role of policeman John McClain was written specifically for Schwarzenegger: “The tough nut” was to be the sequel to his blockbuster “Commando”. But Schwarzenegger refused the role, justifying this by saying that the main character and the “bad guys” of the film cannot have the same German accent. And so the good guy was Bruce Willis!
Tony Stark (The Iron Man) – Tom Cruise
Back in the mid-90s, Tom Cruise agreed with the studio bosses that he would not only play a major role, but also will produce the picture, but the process of approving the script was delayed, and the shooting could only begin 10 years later, in 2006. By that time, Cruz was busy and generally lost interest in the project, and the role went to Robert Downey Jr.
Neo (“The Matrix”) – Will Smith
We all adore Keanu Reeves, but originally the role of Neo was to go to Will Smith, whom the public was accustomed to seeing in a black robe back in the “Men in Black”. But Smith rejected it, saying that he did not consider himself mature enough for such a role.
Jack Dawson (“Titanic”) – Matthew McConaughey
Steven Spielberg from the beginning saw in the role of Jack exclusively Matthew McConaughey. But the actor did not like the character or the script as a whole, and he rejected the generous offer. Spielberg did not give up and even called McConaughey himself – but he did not use this chance either, simply not picking up the phone. But Leonardo DiCaprio did not fail and became a real star!
Batman (“Batman”) – Mel Gibson
The story is as simple as the world: Gibson did not believe that the picture was going to be a success, and abandoned the role as unpromising. But Michael Keaton agreed and did not regret!
Jango (“Jango Liberated”) – Will Smith
Will Smith agreed to participate in the project only if Tarantino, known for his independence in design and work, will rewrite the script at his will . Of course, the director refused. And the role of Django became a star ticket for the little-known Jamie Foxx at the time.
Robert Neville (“I’m a Legend”) – Arnold Schwarzenegger
As it turns out, the film “I’m a Legend” was due in the mid- x. Arnold Schwarzenegger was appointed to the main role. However, at the last moment the bosses of the studio canceled the shootings: a gloomy scenario with an almost complete lack of dialogues seemed to them too risky a venture. In the end, the idea was able to revive the idea only 10 years later: in 2002 the script was removed from the shelf, but only Arnie was already uninteresting. And here Will Smith is quite!