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These 12 Roles Didn’t Go to the Director’s First Choice, Now We Can’t Imagine Them Any Other Way

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Regret. Even celebrities feel it.

Let’s play in the realm of hypothetical. Imagine if the most memorable movie characters had ended up being played by actors the directors originally had in mind. Now, let’s go back to the way things really are because it’s so much better that way.

Here are 12 movies that would have been changed forever if these actors had just said yes (or if they had been available).

1. Julia Roberts as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind SideLuckily for Sandra Bullock, Pretty Woman star Julia Roberts had already committed to Garry Marshall’s rom-com Valentine’s Day. Movie execs originally wanted Roberts for the role but after turning it down Bullock was put in instead. Rumored to have taken quite the pay-cut to do the flick, Bullock made it worth her while after taking home an Oscar.

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2. Molly Ringwald as Vivian Ward in Pretty WomanSpeaking of Pretty Woman, the movie that gave a young Julia Roberts her big break almost went to another famous 80s actress. Molly Ringwald admitted that the script passed her desk but she turned down the role for other parts. Still, the role didn’t come easily to Roberts who was only 21 and they feared she wasn’t well-known enough. Now try to imagine the movie without her!

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3. Sandra Bullock as Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar BabyBullock addressed rumors she’d turned down the part in an interview, explaining she’d actually been involved in trying to get the movie made. When the studio finally believed there was an audience for a female boxing movie, Bullock was busy with the Miss Congeniality sequel so the part went to Hillary Swank, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance.

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4. Gwyneth Paltrow as Rose DeWitt Bukater (aka Rose Dawson) in TitanicAfter Kate Winslet’s iconic performance in the blockbuster film, I’m sure everyone is happy this didn’t end up happening. Paltrow admitted on “The Howard Stern Show” that she was one of two final actresses in consideration for James Cameron’s epic film but decided against it.

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