Picking the perfect cast is one of the most difficult and most important things when it comes to making a movie. It can sometimes take years to find the right actor or actress because lead cast members can seriously affect how the film is received by viewers and critics, so it has to feel right. When there’s a special role on the table it’s not uncommon for several actors to go up against one another, and with so many movies being made each year, it’s also not uncommon for an actor to pass on a role due to scheduling conflicts! We’ve compiled a list of 17 iconic roles that could have gone to other actors. Check it out:
17. Matthew McConaughey in Titanic
In a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Kate Winslet revealed that when she originally auditioned for the role of Rose in Titanic, she was reading with Matthew McConaughey, not Leonardo DiCaprio! “I auditioned with Matthew, isn’t that weird? I never said that in public before!” she joked. The story goes that Paramount actually wanted McConaughey for the role, but it was James Cameron who insisted on going with Leo.