If you had to pick two hot actors of the moment who seemed least likely to ever compete for the same role, you very well might pick Emmy-winner Ty Burrell and Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz. And yet, here we are receiving news that Burrell is expected to replace Waltz as the primary human character in the follow-up to "The Muppets." It would hardly be the first time that such an unexpected casting change took place. We tend to think of certain actors and characters being perfect fits for each other, but the reality is that very often actors you would never have imagined in a famous role actually received quite serious consideration despite being almost the polar opposite of the actor ultimately cast.
By now by everybody is familiar with the fact that Tom Selleck was originally slated to play Indiana Jones, but had to drop out to fulfill his contact to play just another private detective in paradise. But, seriously, is there really all that big a difference between Selleck and Harrison Ford. They are both cut from the same cloth, unlike Burrell and Waltz.
A glance over their respective resumes indicates that the only theme that seems to unify Sylvester Stallone and Eddie Murphy is a poor ability to choose good scripts. The idea of Stallone playing the title role in "Beverly Hills Cop" may seem as bizarre as paring down your casting choice to a decision between Burrell and Waltz, but it actually is a bit less jarring. Stallone has proven he has good comic timing when working with those who also have comic sensibilities.
Maybe one of the most devilishly tantalizing things to imagine when it comes to movies is how "A Christmas Story" would have turned out had Jack Nicholson decided to take the role of the Old Man. Such a thing was apparently much closer to happening than you might think. Admittedly, just about every role in Hollywood from the middle of the 1970s to the 21st century was probably at least offered to Nicholson, but probably none would have affected the outcome of the final product as much as if Nicholson had played Ralphie's dad rather than Darren McGavin. Two incredibly gifted actors who don't really seem at all fitted to compete over the same role.
Red hair and a penchant for comedic roles are about the only two things that Molly Ringwald and Julia Roberts share. Back in the late 1980s Ringwald was hotter than a lightning bolt striking an erupting volcano while Julia was just Eric's little sister. Had Ringwald accepted the role in a little movie titled "$3,000" the history of Hollywood might have been significantly changed. Instead, she turned it down and for some reason the same people who thought Ringwald would be perfect for the part suddenly thought Roberts would make a perfect substitution. The title was changed to "Pretty Woman" and history went down a different road.
As for whether Molly Ringwald and Julia Roberts were ever in competition for the same part again, I'll leave up to you to discover.
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