Top 10 Casting Close Calls
Hollywood is known for its great decision making. For example, giving Michael Bay $200 million to make anything, putting Jay Leno on at 10 PM and Jack Nicholson leaving Roman Polanski alone in a hot tub. Or the entirety of J.Lo’s film career.
So when it comes to casting, Hollywood has had some truly inspired ideas. Please see Jodie Foster and Richard Gere in SOMMERSBY. Or Jodie Foster and anybody. Or really, Richard Gere and anybody.
So here’s a list of the Top 10 Casting Close Calls. Remember, these are all real. No joke. As much as we like jokes.
10. Sylvester Stallone as Axel Foley in BEVERLY HILLS COP
9. OJ Simpson as the Terminator in THE TERMINATOR
(A/k/a the summary to IF I DID IT.)
Really, the jokes write themselves.
8. Frank Sinatra as Don Corleone in THE GODFATHER
Sure, Brando was a Method actor, but Sinatra spent his whole career “researching” the role.
Because no one would believe James Caan as the ruthless son of Don Corleone.
6. Dustin Hoffman as Kal-El in SUPERMAN
Young, dark-haired boy leaves home with CARE package from overprotective mom. (Note: we’re specifically mocking Hoffman’s Semitic qualities.)
Catchphrase that almost was: “I’m flyin’ here!”
Ironically, “I’m flyin’ here!” also works.
“Shaving cream. Why did it have to be shaving cream?”
[Insert Albert Finney joke here]
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry—ADRIAN!”
Little known fact: the original ending of STAR WARS involved a medal ceremony and pig’s blood.
And just imagine: “Five long. Years. He kept these. Plans. To the Death Star. Up his ass.”
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