8 Classic Characters That Were Almost Played By Someone Else

Tuesday, December 27 by John Coon

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<p><strong>John Rambo</strong>: Sylvester <span data-scayt_word=Stallone” data-scaytid=”13″>Stallone emerged as an action star after his turn as the tormented Vietnam veteran in “First Blood.” Stallone was only cast after the project sat in development hell for several years and the original choice for Rambo, Steve McQueen, died before production on the film finally got rolling.

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Ben-Hur: No actor is more associated with Biblical and historical epics than Charlton Heston at the height of his film career. Heston won best actor for his most famous part: the title role in “Ben-Hur.” At the time, Heston was an afterthought for the part. Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Rock Hudson and Leslie Nielsen all turned down the role before Heston accepted.

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John McClane: Few actors have crossed from TV to movies with success equal to Bruce Willis. Two decades after “Die Hard” first debuted in theaters, Willis is still identified with the cop who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He only landed the role after Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Gere and Sylvester Stallone all turned it down.