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Casting Calls

Season 1
Almost every classic Hollywood role was hotly pursued behind the scenes. This series looks at the most famous roles of all-time and reveals the stories behind how they were cast, which other actors were considered, and how your favorite stars landed the part.

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  1. 1. Jurassic Park
    23 June 2018
    2min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Jeff Goldblum had to fight off more than just dinosaurs to land the iconic role of Ian Malcolm in 'Jurassic Park.' Some of the biggest actors of the '80s and '90s were considered, and Steven Spielberg had his own radical idea as well. So, just how did Goldblum land the part?
  2. 2. Captain America
    4 July 2018
    3min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Captain America is one of the biggest roles of the decade - in the biggest franchise on the planet. So it's not surprise the hottest up-and-comers answered the casting call. But who else was considered almost worthy enough to play the First Avenger?
  3. 3. Ant-Man
    11 July 2018
    2min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Ant-Man may be small in stature, but he was a huge role to fill. Here are four actors who came within an inch of getting the part.
  4. 4. Die Hard
    18 July 2018
    2min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    It's been 30 years since John McClane hit the big screen in 'Die Hard.' He's one of the most iconic action heroes ever - making it all the more insane how many massive stars passed on playing him.
  5. 5. Tom Cruise
    25 July 2018
    2min
    7+
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    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Tom Cruise has played some of the most iconic movie roles of all-time, but you won't believe how many more classic parts he turned down.
  6. 6. Sleepless Seattle
    1 August 2018
    2min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    'Sleepless in Seattle' is one of the most classic love story pairings in Hollywood history. But who else was considered for the lead roles before Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks?
  7. 7. Blade
    8 August 2018
    2min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    It's hard to imagine anyone but Wesley Snipes as Blade. But here's three actors who were almost the vampire slayer.
  8. 8. Mark Wahlberg
    15 August 2018
    2min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Mark Wahlberg has starred in some of the biggest movies of the last 20 years - but what leading roles did he turn down?
  9. 9. 'The Dark Knight'
    22 August 2018
    2min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    It's tough to picture anyone other than Christian Bale as Batman in Christopher Nolan's trilogy, but plenty of other actors were considered - so who were they?
  10. 10. Jack Ryan
    29 August 2018
    3min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    As John Krasinski becomes the fifth actor to step into the role of Jack Ryan, let's look at how the legendary character was nearly cast in the past.
  11. 11. Julia Roberts
    5 September 2018
    2min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Julia Roberts is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, but she's passed on some huge roles, too. What were they?
  12. 12. 30 Stars "SNL" Passed On
    12 September 2018
    3min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    "Saturday Night Live" creates stars faster than you can say, "Live from New York!" But here are 30 big names the sketch show passed on.
  13. 13. Game of Thrones
    19 September 2018
    3min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    When you play "Game of Thrones," you win or you die. For actors, you are cast or you miss out on the biggest show on TV. Here are a couple of actors who didn't land the role.
  14. 14. Breaking Bad
    26 September 2018
    2min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The cast of "Breaking Bad" had brilliant chemistry, but there could have been some different elements starring in one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Who else was up for the lead roles?
  15. 15. Tom Hardy
    3 October 2018
    2min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Tom Hardy has been on a remarkable run since 'Inception' eight years ago, so it's no surprise he's been offered a bunch of big roles in the past decade. But which blockbusters did he turn down?
  16. 16. 'A Star Is Born'
    10 October 2018
    3min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Some of the biggest names in movies and music were attached to 'A Star Is Born' before Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga starred. From A-listers to Queen Bey, who passed on the film?
  17. 17. Ryan Gosling
    17 October 2018
    3min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When you're two-time Oscar nominee and global fan favorite Ryan Gosling, sometimes it seems you can do whatever you want, like turning down some of Hollywood's hottest roles, from comic book hero to leading man in the sexiest trilogy of all time.
  18. 18. 'Halloween'
    24 October 2018
    2min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The latest installment of the 'Halloween' franchise marks the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode - a killer role that almost went to another actress. Who else almost starred in the horror classic?
  19. 19. 'Scream'
    30 October 2018
    4min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    'Scream' reignited the horror genre in 1996 - and you won't believe how many future Hollywood stars were considered for the cast.
  20. 20. 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Franchise
    7 November 2018
    2min
    7+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Lisbeth Salander is 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', but the english-language version of the franchise has now re-cast her role twice. Which leading ladies almost landed the role?

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