8 Classic Characters That Were Almost Played By Someone Else

Tuesday, December 27 by John Coon

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Marty McFly: Unlike many actors on this list, Michael J. Fox was the initial choice for the role that made him famous. Conflicts with his “Family Ties” shooting schedule nearly kept Fox out of “Back to the Future” and, for a time, he was replaced by Eric Stoltz. Fox returned to the role when Stoltz showed he wasn’t right for the part of a time traveling hero with his uber-serious approach. Producers worked with Fox’s TV schedule and the rest is history.

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James Bond: Originating the role of Ian Fleming’s suave and super-lethal British spy allowed Sean Connery to become famous for giving characters of all ethnic backgrounds a Scottish brogue. The world can thank Cary Grant for making that happen. Grant was offered the role before Connery, but he quickly rejected the offer because he did not want to be tied down to a film series.

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<p><strong>Scarlett O’Hara</strong>: Bette Davis was the leading actress of the 1930s, but she turned down the lead role in “Gone with the Wind,” the most popular film of that era, after a mistaken assumption on <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/casting-549/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>casting</a>. Davis thought Errol Flynn was going to land the role of Rhett Butler and she did not like working with him. The part actually went to Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh was cast as Scarlett instead of Davis.</p>
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