You escaped these actors in your favorite series, and it is perhaps not worse
They came, they saw, and then they left.
With si, we may be bottled in Paris, but we can also redo the entire cast of a series. Thanks to the last-minute discounts, artistic choices, refusals of actors and a lot of other reasons more or less known . Still, it’s always fun to imagine what our favorite series might look like if the actors initially approached were invited to the party.
Gillian Anderson in Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones”
Many corridor noises claim that Gillian Anderson would have refused the role of the stepmother Cersei, eventually encamped by the terrifying Lena Headey . Too bad, it might have allowed her to get rid of her costume by Dana Scully ( X-Files ) that still sticks to her skin …
Viggo Mortensen in Ned Stark in “Game of Thrones”
The American actor has been envisaged for the role of the Patriarch of the Stark, before being zapped by the prod. Perhaps because he was still too much associated with his cult role – and rather similar – of Aragorn in “The Lord of the Rings” . Ironically, it was Sean Bean, with whom he worked on the trilogy of Peter Jackson, who finally took the role of the headless knight.
Alec Baldwin in Mr. Big in “Sex and the City”
“I was thinking of Alec Baldwin to play Big, and then I met Chris Noth and I thought he was perfect for the role . ” The confession comes from the creator of the show, Darren Star, in Entertainment Weekly. At the time, it was a huge bet since the brother Baldwin was a big star in the 90’s .
Kristin Davies in Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and The City”
And yeah, at the base, Kristin Davies came to pass the casting to catch neither more nor less than the main role. But the casters finally decided that it would suit the character of Charlotte better, passing the role of Carrie Bradshaw flagship to Sarah Jessica Parker , for the success that we know.
Matthew Broderick in Walter White in “Breaking Bad”
Contrary to what one might think, Bryan Cranston was not the No. 1 choice to slip into the costume of chemistry professor Walter White. He owes his salvation solely to the combined refusals of Matthew Broderick and John Cusack . An evil for a good, so much did Malcolm’s daron do the taf like never before in this cult series.
Dominic West in Mance Rayder in “Game of Thrones”
HBO would have attempted the recycling option by using old glories from their catalog, like Dominic West, the mythical McNulty of “The Wire” . The guy confirmed it to the HuffPost explaining also the reasons for his refusal: “I have 4 children, and at that time, I saw myself wrong to move away from them as long” . A noble decision, even if the actor then expressed some regret when he understood the importance of the show.
Sam Claflin in Jon Snow in “Game of Thrones”
Known among others thanks to “Hunger Games” and “Before you” , Sam Claflin tried to make a place in the sun (or rather in the winter) of GoT. In vain. The Briton was turned away at the auditions, when he came for the role of Jon Snow . Kit Harrington obviously had a few steps ahead …
Michael Keaton in Dr. Jack Shephard in “Lost”
A case study. The initial plan of the creators of the series was to spin the role of Dr. Shephard to a confirmed actor of the caliber of Michael Keaton and then to cause him to die as soon as the pilot of the series. They nevertheless met with the refusal of the chain ABC which feared the consequences on the public of the early death of a key protagonist. Since it was necessary to keep the fellow longer, choice was made to take Matthew Fox, a player less busy and especially cheaper.
Lily Allen in Yara Greyjoy in “Game of Thrones”
The singer revealed that she had been offered the role of Yara Greyjoy but that she had refused because of … her brother. Who is none other than Alfie Allen, the actor who plays Theon Greyjoy. So we could have a real sibling on the screen, before Lily Allen swings a big “nope” to the project because “too incestuous” to his liking. And this is where you remember the scene where Theon gives pleasure to his reuss during a ride …