“My character wasn’t meant to exist in the movie!”
Auditions may not always go as planned for the actors, but sometimes it works even better in the end! This is exactly the case for many actors who have found themselves in a role different from the one they auditioned for.
Actors like John Krasinski, Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus all read for different roles before being named lead of the project they were auditioning for. And now, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the roles that made them famous.
Read on to find out which actors ended up in a different role than the one they auditioned for …
1. Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson’s role in “Bridesmaids” was not in the movie until she auditioned! Rebel originally came out for the role Melissa McCarthy landed, but the team loved her audition so much, they made a splash just for her.
“My character wasn’t meant to exist in the movie, I had auditioned for the character of Melissa McCarthy and it was like the second choice for that role. I guess they liked my audition that they added me to the movie basically … never meant to be two roommates, only one. So I kind of added myself, kind of to the scenes, ”Rebel said on SiriusXM.
2. Chadwick Boseman
“Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman originally auditioned for the role of Drax in “Guardians of the Galaxy” but did not get the role. Thankfully, Marvel Studios casting director Sarah Finn saw Chadwick’s potential to play a bigger role in this universe.
“Sometimes that’s how it works as an actor. You know you’re not going to get it, but you meet people who, they might be like, ‘He’s not that, but we’re going to put it in this something else. So I feel like that was one of the times where they were like ‘Hey, we can use that later,’ “Chadwick said on”Tonight’s show. “
3. Lily James
Lily James auditioned for the role of Anastasia, one of “Cinderella’s” half-sisters, but ended up landing the title role. Director Kenneth Branagh later said Lily had a “light-heartedness” that made her perfect for Cinderella.
“Initially, I went to look for one of the sisters, to play Anastasia. And I had this ugly pink-orange sweater and my hair had been dyed blonde with big brown roots. I think because I had blonde hair the casting director said, “Oh, you should read for Ella while you’re there,” “Lily said.”Nightline. “
4. Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston had actually dreamed of being Thor before he was cast as Loki, which he didn’t even audition for in the end. Looking back, Tom admitted that he wasn’t quite what they were looking for.
“Back then, they were looking for less established actors so the audience wouldn’t have an association. They wanted people to see these new characters, these new actors. The mandate was that if you’re over 6 feet tall and have blonde hair you can come and do a pop … I think we can all agree that they picked the right actor, ”Tom said on “Tonight’s show. “
5. Noah Centineo
When Noah Centineo auditioned for “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”, the role he was going to play was on hold. Director Susan Johnson says she wasn’t sure at first whether Noah would play Peter Kavinsky or Josh Sanderson.
“When we did chemistry readings, I knew I loved Israel [Broussard] and I knew I loved Noah, but I didn’t know who would play which role. I initially thought of Noah for Josh, because I thought, ‘Oh he looks like the boy next door’, but once I saw Lana and Noah’s chemistry , I knew we had to go in that direction. Israel was great with Janel. I thought it was going very well, ”said Susan Indiewire.
6. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan did not originally audition for her iconic role as Cady Heron in “Mean Girls.” She actually auditioned to play the movie villain Regina George and was really excited about the prospect of playing the part. Sadly, they couldn’t find an actress strong enough to take on Lindsay, and by this time audiences were used to seeing her as the hero of the movies anyway.
“Her energy is a very aggressive energy, loaded with testosterone, and that’s exactly what I knew I needed for Regina George. When I gave it to her, she said, “ I love Regina George! This is exactly the role I want to play. So we did a read, and we were trying to find someone to play the part of Cady, but frankly we didn’t find anyone we liked who felt strong enough to face Lindsay, ”director Mark Waters Explain.
7. Tom Felton
“Harry Potter” star Tom Felton auditioned for both the role of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley before landing Draco Malfoy. After the movies were over, Tom said he was grateful for playing Draco and probably would have been a “very different individual” had he had the role of Harry or Ron.
“I’m very grateful to be in the movie at all, but even more grateful to have the character of Draco. I think Rupert and Dan, there’s no doubt in my mind, there’s no one else in the world who, A, could have played the character better, but B, could have handled the backstage pressure these guys have been facing over the past decade, ”said Tom MTV.
8. Jackson Rathbone
Jackson Rathbone was close to landing the role of Edward Cullen before Robert Pattinson received the role. Jackson was ultimately cast as Jasper Hale but says he knows Robert was perfect for the role of Edward.
“I was a choice. I don’t think I was [Catherine Hardwick’s] first choice … I think [Robert]is the best man for the job. I wouldn’t have any Edward Cullen other than Robert Pattinson. He’s perfect, ”Jackson said. MTV.
9. Sebastian Stan
Sebastian Stan originally auditioned to play Captain America in “Captain America” but was told he was not “perfect for the role”. Instead, the role went to Chris Evans and Sebastian was cast as Bucky Barnes, which he admits was a “much better role” for him. In the end, it “worked” in his favor and he learned a lesson.
“Try not to take it personally, learn to deal with rejection, whatever you do, stay obsessed with it,” Sebastian said. CNBC.
10. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus wasn’t meant to be Hannah Montana! She auditioned for the role of Hannah’s best friend Lilly Truscott at first, but the Disney crew asked her to send in an audition tape for the lead role.
“At first, when I was 11, I auditioned for Lilly, who plays my best friend. Then they said, “Oh, we want you to audition for Hannah.” Then they told me that I was too young and that I was really upset … and they kind of put me on the curb. I kept sending more takes, with more makeup and higher heels to look older but it didn’t work … A few months went by and they still haven’t found the girl and they asked me to come to california. . and I have the role! Miley told Jonathan Ross.
11. Madelaine Petsch
Madelaine Petsch almost played Betty Cooper in “Riverdale,” explaining that she auditioned for the character but felt the casting directors always knew who they really wanted her to be. When she didn’t have Betty, she returned several months later for Cheryl.
“I’m pretty sure they always knew they wanted me for Cheryl. Then, four months later, I came for Cheryl!” Madelaine said Teen vogue.
12. Amanda Seyfried
Like Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried was also originally for the role of Regina George in “Mean Girls.” While she almost got the part, she was ultimately cast for the role of Karen Smith.
“The person who was neck and neck for the role of Regina – and we were wondering which one we were going to play – was Amanda Seyfried. She tested Regina and was pretty bright and very different from Rachel’s approach. She played it in a much more ethereal but still scary way. She was scarier, but oddly, less intimidating … and I think it was [producer] Lorne Michaels who had the brilliant idea of saying, “What about the stupid girl? I think Amanda could play the stupid girl. So she came and read it and nailed it, and we had the best of both worlds, ”director Mark Waters said. Vulture.
13. John Krasinski
John Krasinski was surprisingly supposed to audition for the role of Dwight Schrute in “The Office”. Ever since watching the UK version of the series, he felt like he wouldn’t be right for the role and convinced the casting directors that he should audition for Jim Halpert. Although they said no at first, they eventually gave in.
“They said you were playing the part of Dwight and that I had been a huge fan of the British series and I was like ‘I don’t know the man. It’s not… I don’t know if I’m right about this role. And so weirdly, I had no idea what I was thinking, I said, ‘You know what, I read the pilot. And I said, ‘I want to do my best. Let me know when they cast Jim. And I remember the response from the NBC casting director to my manager at the time was, “No, but honestly who does he think he is?” “Jim explained on the”Ladies Office“Podcast.
14. Ed Westwick
Ed Westwick first auditioned for the role of Nate Archibald in “Gossip Girl”. While Chace Crawford ultimately landed the role, series creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage encouraged Ed to read for Chuck Bass and he got it!