Will Smith Was Supposed To Be In the Matrix: 10 Iconic Movie Roles Almost Played by Different Actors

The history of cinematography witnessed many moments when starring movie roles were on the brink of being assigned to different actors, maybe leaving the cinema what it is now far away from reality. Looking at who could have played the roles in famous movies and celebrities can be quite intriguing and a reality-constructing thing.

1. The Matrix (1999-2003)

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The revolutionary sci-fi action movie, directed by the Wachowskis, shows the character, played by Keanu Reeves, who finds the truth about reality and fights against the evil machines himself. On the one hand, his character was supposed to be played by Will Smith, who turned down the role to star in a different movie. Smith's decision paved the way for Reeves to play that character in an unforgettable scene.

2. Pretty Woman (1990)

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This romantic American comedy film, which was intended to follow a dark theme, Pretty Woman, directed by Garry Marshall and screenplay by J.F. Lawton, stars Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward, a hooker who finds love with a wealthy businessman, played by Richard Gere. However, Vivian's role was offered to Molly Ringwald at the start, but she declined; hence, Roberts landed her big break, which catapulted her into stardom.

3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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Directed by Frank Darabont, this phenomenal series brings to the screen the tale of Andy Dufresne, who, played by Tim Robbins, was a banker who was unjustly convicted of the murder and formed a unique friendship with Red, a prisoner who Morgan Freeman plays. On the other hand, Andy's role was initially offered to Tom Hanks. Still, he declined to act in “Forrest Gump,” which ultimately resulted in Robbins earning his place on the screen with his unforgettable portrayal that touched the hearts of moviegoers worldwide.

4. Titanic (1997)

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At the heart of James Cameron's blockbuster romance metaphorically set against the doomed background of the legendary RMS Titanic lays the enigmatic character of Jack Dawson, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who is portrayed as a polite artist with a pleasing nature, and the equally enigmatic Rose DeWitt Bukater, played by Kate Winslet, who is a young Unbelievably, the part of Jack was almost given to Matthew McConaughey. Yet, he declined the opportunity, and this pathway made DiCaprio and Winslet create a tag team that still stands now.

5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

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John Hughes' timeless teenage comedy movie impersonates high-school slacker Ferris Bueller, played by Matthew Broderick, exactly as he begins his trip in Chicago in the sense that he eludes his school principal. It just so happened that actors and filmmakers considered Jim Carrey for this role, but Broderick's performance eventually became identified with the character because of his engaging style of acting.

6. Forrest Gump (1994)

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The 1994 drama Forrest Gump, shot by Robert Zemeckis, tells the unique story of Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), who played a big role in America's history by utilizing his wise and childish way of thinking. Interestingly, Tom Hanks was appointed to play Forrest, another actor who also failed to lodge a bid. Hanks brought an Academy Award-winning performance still celebrated by movie lovers today.

7. Indiana Jones (1981-2008)

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The adventure-action series by Steven Spielberg that revolves around a real-life archaeologist character, played by Harrison Ford, explores the mysteries and challenges of the past as it pitches against evil villains and extreme obstacles. But Tom Selleck, who had to decline due to a scheduling conflict with his television series “Magnum, P.I.,” turned out to be very close to playing the role of Indiana Jones and instead went to Harrison Ford, whose character was portrayed as a swashbuckling hero.

8. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001- 2003)

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Director Peter Jackson's classic fantasy drama, created on the writings from J.R.R. Tolkien's novels, saw Elijah Woods as Frodo Baggins on a challenging journey, which was to kill the only ring and checkmate dark lord Sauron. Fascinatingly, Jake Gyllenhaal almost played the character of Frodo. Still, he eventually did not get the role, and consequently, Wood did his part beautifully and successfully resonated with everyone in the world through his performance.

9. Iron Man (2008)

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In Jon Favreau's first Marvel Cinematic Universe film, the billionaire industrialist Robert Downey Jr., who plays Tony Stark, adverts to the armored superhero Iron Man. While Tom Cruise also wanted to be cast as Tony Stark, things did not go in that direction, and ultimately, it was the role that got Downey the Oscar he deserved, which would forever enhance and restore his name in Hollywood.

10. Batman Begins (2005)

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Batman Begins, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, is a reboot of the Batman franchise. It reveals the origins of the caped crusader as he comes to terms with his fears and fights crime in Gotham City. Strikingly, the role of Batman was first offered to Jake Gyllenhaal, who tried out for the part but was later rejected in favor of Bale, whose gritty performance managed to reinvent the famed superhero for a new generation of viewers.

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