Unbelievable Last Minute Movie Casting Changes
1 Neo: The Matrix
- Year: 1999
- Character: Neo is a cybercriminal and computer programmer chosen to be “The One”
- Played by: Keanu Reeves
According to Cinema Blend, Keanu Reeves revealed how he landed the part of Neo, saying, “I was very lucky. I got a call from my agent, saying that these directors, the Wachowskis, wanted to meet, and they sent me the script, and the script was absolutely amazing, and I went in to meet with them, and they showed me some artwork, of their vision, and an early version of “bullet time,” and it was very exciting and inspiring.”
Will Smith was almost Neo in The Matrix. He revealed to Entertainment Weekly, “Keanu was perfect, Laurence Fishburne was perfect,” he said, adding that Val Kilmer was set to play Morpheus if he played Neo. “So I probably would have messed The Matrix up. I would have ruined it, so I did y’all a favor.”
Showbiz Fun Fact
1. Robert Downey Jr.
After a meteoric start to his career, he was out of the spotlight for a while, but the actor has made a strong comeback in the world of American showbiz, so much so that in 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. From 2013 to 2015, Forbes also named him to its list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors.
2. Johnny Depp
The actor is one of the most appreciated by the public, and for good reason. No one can deny his talent as an actor; his 10 Golden Globe Awards nominations (including one he won for his role in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), 3 Academy Awards nominations, and 2 BAFTA Film Awards nominations prove it.
3. Chris Hemsworth
Best known for his role as Thor in 8 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, the actor began his career in an Australian television series called Home and Away. His role as a superhero allowed him to be considered as one of the leading and highest-paid actors in the world.
4. Bradley Cooper
3 times nominated for the Forbes Celebrity 100, named to Times‘ list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2015, and recipient of 2 Grammy Awards and a BAFTA Award, the actor has long been a fixture in Hollywood showbiz.
5. Matt Damon
According to Forbes, the actor is one of the most bankable stars due to the fact that the films he has played in have together earned more than 3.12 billion at the North American box office. That’s what we call being profitable! His talent has also earned him 5 Academy Award nominations, 3 British Academy Film Award nominations, 8 Golden Globe Award nominations, 7 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and 6 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations!
6. Will Smith
Nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards and 2 Academy Awards, and winner of 4 Grammy Awards, the actor was named “the most powerful actor in Hollywood” in 2007 by Newsweek. We can thank The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series for propelling him in the 90s!
7. Leonardo DiCaprio
8 times among the highest-paid actors in the world in the annual ranking, this actor is also one of the most profitable in the industry. In 2019, its films have grossed worldwide 7.2 billion. Winner of 3 Golden Globe Awards, the incredible actor won only one Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award in 2016 for his role in The Revenant, despite a total of 6 nominations during his prolific career.
8. Dwayne Johnson
It can be said that the former professional wrestler and football player has made his mark in the Hollywood world, especially in terms of profitability. Indeed, his films have grossed more than 3.5 billion in North America and 10.5 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. In 2016, he was also named the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine.
9. Tom Hanks
Winner of 2 Academy Awards, 7 Primetime Emmy Awards, 4 Golden Globe Awards, and 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Tom Hanks is one of the world’s best known and loved actors. He is even considered an American cultural icon! His films have grossed over 4.9 billion in North America and 9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fourth-highest-grossing actor in North America.
10. Jennifer Lawrence
The only woman on this list, the 30-year-old actress was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. Her films have grossed over 6 billion worldwide, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013, and she was on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2014 and 2016. Her Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook made her the 2nd youngest woman in history to win this award.