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Top 10 Casting Close Calls | hungryzoo.com
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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 

“We’re not gonna fall for the banana in the tail pipe—ADRIAN!”










9. OJ Simpson as the Terminator in THE TERMINATOR

Nope, nothing funny about OJ Simpson as a killing machine sent to L.A. to prevent an attractive woman from sleeping with another guy.

(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.









7. James Caan as Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER

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!”




5. Dustin Hoffman as Deckard in BLADE RUNNER

Ironically, “I’m flyin’ here!” also works.







4. Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

“Shaving cream. Why did it have to be shaving cream?”






3. Albert Finney as T.E. Lawrence in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

[Insert Albert Finney joke here]









2. Ryan O’Neal as Rocky Balboa in ROCKY

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry—ADRIAN!”









1. Sissy Spacek as Princess Leia and Christopher Walken as Han Solo in STAR WARS

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.”

For other STAR WARS casting close-calls:





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