Things are not always as they appear, could you imagine Oliver Reed playing Quint in Jaws? In this period of cinematic back slapping and in the selfless appreciation of another's acting ability let us take some time out to appreciate the roles that weren't, but could have been.
Warren Beatty = Michael Corleone = The Godfather
Meryl Streep = Lt. Ellen Ripley = Alien
Al Pacino = John Rambo = Rambo
Marlon Brando = Dirty Harry = Dirty Harry
Tom Selleck = Indiana Jones = Indiana Jones
Burt Reynolds = Han Solo = Star Wars
Robert Downey Jr. = Ferris = Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Matthew Modine = Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell = Top Gun
Sylvester Stallone = Axel Foley = Beverly Hills Cop
Tom Cruise = Neo = The Matrix
Henry Winkler = Danny Zuko = Grease
Sammi Davis Jr = Beetlegeuse = Beetlejuice
Elvis = Joe Buck = Midnight Cowboy
This list highlights actors and actresses who were either first choice, initially cast or considered for the corresponding roles.