The cast, or the role claimed …
The selection of actors for the film is an important preparatory stage of film production. Sometimes it drags on for a long time. Thousands of actors go through auditions and auditions until the director approves the one who fits perfectly into the picture.
Very often, directors and scriptwriters create a role for a specific actor and want to see only him on the set. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes not – then the actor comes to replace another.
For example, the main female role in the romantic comedy Proposal (2009) was originally proposed by Julia Roberts, but with the condition to reduce their appetites for a fee. The actress refused, and the role went to Sandra Bullock. I do not think that the film was greatly lost from such castling, but I would be very curious to look at Proposal (2009) with Julia.
In the trilogy Back to the Future (1985-1989-1990), directors as Marty McFly did not see anyone other than Michael J. Fox. But at the time of filming, the actor was involved in the series Family Ties and had no right to leave him. In addition, the leading actress of the series was pregnant, and it became clear that she would not be able to work the whole season, and the loss of two main actors at once would be irreparable for the series.
The grueling castings began, on which, it seemed, all Hollywood was moving. “It was clear to everyone that it would be better for Michael not to find anyone,” recalls Crispin Glover, who participated in the tests with each applicant. no one hit the point. ” As a result, Eric Stolz was approved for the role.
Filming began on November 26, 1984. Within five weeks, a third of the film was shot with him when the director decided to fire Stolz. “It was necessary. He killed the film. I again went to the producer of Family ties, and again asked to let Michael go. Fortunately, the lead actress of the show already gave birth, and was ready to return to work, so they went to meet me.” …
I love this film with all my heart, and it was hard for me to imagine someone else as Marty. But to be honest, actor Eric Stoltz looks more like Crispin Glover, who played Jordan McFly.
Another film with a difficult selection of actors is Die Hard (1988). Yes, yes, now we are not very amazed, who, if not Bruce, could become a tough nut? And at first, the producers did not even post Willis’s name on posters, as the actor who played the main role in the film and his portrait also didn’t show off on posters and posters!
To get the role of John McClain, Bruce stood fifth in turn. Initially, the role was offered to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Moreover, the script of the film was written for him, but the actor refused to participate in the film Gemini (1988).
The script has undergone a major change, the main role was offered to Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Richard Gere, but went to Bruce Willis, which, in my subjective opinion, is only for the best.
It was not without castling in the beloved disaster film Titanic (1997). The main character in the picture was supposed to be Matthew McConaughey (I think I would shed twice as many tears in a movie theater). But the candidacy of Leonardo DiCaprio was supported by James Cameron himself.
Before Kate Winslet got the role of Rosa Dewitt Bukater, she was offered to Gwyneth Paltrow.
I won’t go to 3D Titanic (2012) for sure, but if the film was re-shot with McConaughey and Paltrow, that would be interesting, but expensive!
And finally, the Terminator (1984). Initially, the role of the Terminator was intended for Lens Henrikson. James Cameron even created a few drafts showing the Terminator with Lance’s appearance. (with all due respect to James and the actors, he is clearly not pulling in there).
Persistent producers defended Arnold Schwarzenegger for the role of Therimantor, as well. Henrikson got the role of detective Vukovich.
Of course, casting is a delicate, intuitive affair. Only the samples show how the actors approach each other, whether they look harmonious. But still, if you had to decide in which films you would replace the lead actor and by whom?