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Actors Who Were The Second Choice For The Famous Character They Played

Updated September 24, 2019 14.5k votes 2.9k voters 93.8k views15 items

List RulesVote up the second-choice actors who played characters so iconic, they couldn't have possibly been played by anyone else.

Sometimes, history is made up of close calls and near misses, and film history is no different. The list of best movie characters and best television characters are lengthy and diverse, but a surprising amount of these iconic roles were played by actors who were second choice for a role, or actors with little to no experience. Despite not getting their first choice, these directors and producers ended up being praised for these incredible "second string" casting choices. 

The world will never know how different entertainment history would be if some of these casting close calls had come to pass. In most cases, the actors originally slated to take the parts were certainly talented in their own right, and there’s a good chance they, too, would have nailed the roles. However, some of these characters are so iconic, it’s practically impossible to imagine anyone else portraying them.