Hollywood is full of “what if” casting scenarios, stories of actors who came thisclose to landing life-changing leading roles that may have had huge ripple effects through the rest of the industry. You probably know many of them: Nicolas Cage as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings, Dougray Scott as Wolverine in X-Men, etc.
At this point, someone could write an entire book about all of the actors who were nearly cast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and one of those chapters would have to be about Wilson Bethel, who eventually landed the MCU-adjacent role of Bullseye on Netflix’s Daredevil. If things were slightly different, Bethel could have suited up as Captain America. Meanwhile, outside of the MCU, Jonah Hill was close to playing Sean Parker in The Social Network. Read more about both of these what-if stories below.
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David Gordon Green‘s Halloween broke box office records this past weekend, making it the biggest opening in history for a slasher movie. Michael Myers is back, baby – and speaking of babies, there’s one specific moment in the film involving an infant child that’s dripping with so much suspense that it practically forces audiences to hold their breath.
During a recent interview, Green explained Myers’ decision in that moment, and he also revealed a surprising Halloween easter egg: star Jamie Lee Curtis, who returned to play Laurie Strode, also plays another role in the film – and it’s not who you might think. Read More »
Zazie Beetz, who stars in FX’s Atlanta and made a big impact in theaters earlier this year as the lucky superhero Domino in Deadpool 2, attended ACE Comic Con in Chicago this past weekend. During a Q&A session, the actress revealed that before she snagged the role of Domino, she auditioned to play Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse. Read Beetz’s full quote below. Read More »
Manchester By the Sea, director Kenneth Lonergan‘s 2016 drama which earned Casey Affleck an Academy Award for Best Actor, ends with a quiet scene on a boat. (I’ll be vague for now to avoid spoilers.) But according to producer Matt Damon, Lonergan originally had a much larger ending in mind – one that involved a flashback, some whales, and a drone shot that simply proved too expensive for the indie film’s budget to overcome.
Read Damon’s description of Lonergan’s original Manchester by the Sea ending below. Read More »
Bradley Cooper may have perfectly nailed the part of an aging rock star, but it turns out that one of the biggest detractors of A Star is Born was Cooper’s own rock star friend, Eddie Vedder. Thankfully, Vedder’s warnings to Cooper fell on deaf ears, but the Pearl Jam frontman ended up influencing Cooper’s performance as Jackson Maine in a different way.
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Edgar Wright is a singularly talented filmmaker with a knack for balancing dynamic action scenes with comedy. And Baby Driver was the culmination of that — a heist film that played like a musical, with a fair few great jokes thrown in. But it turns out that one of the best gags of the film came about almost by accident.
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One of the best video game adaptations of all time is undoubtedly GoldenEye 64. The game took the first James Bond movie starring Pierce Brosnan and turned it into a polygonal first-person shooter that also gave us one of the most endlessly entertaining multiplayer experiences of any video game in history. But it wasn’t always fun, especially when some jerk decided to play as the signature, short James Bond villain Oddjob.
Thankfully, if you ever find yourself plugging in the ol’ Nintendo 64 for a round of GoldenEye 64, now you can stop anyone from playing as Oddjob because it’s totally unfair. A couple of the game’s creators recently took part in an oral history of GoldenEye 64, and they confirm that playing as the hat-throwing henchman from Goldfinger is cheating. Read More »
The cast of the Ocean’s 11 franchise is quite the star-studded ensemble. But on top of the core members of the heist team led by George Clooney, the franchise has also featured some cameos by familiar faces, and one of them nearly appeared in all three of the films from director Steven Soderbergh.
Topher Grace appears in both Ocean’s 11 and Ocean’s 12 as an exaggerated version of himself, and it turns out he was meant to make an appearance in Ocean’s 13, but his role as Eddie Brock (AKA the villain Venom) in Spider-Man 3 kept him from making what would have been another hilarious cameo in the film franchise. Thankfully, Grace has revealed what that cameo would have entailed. Read More »
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Warner Bros. is hoping to shake things up this month with Crazy Rich Asians, the first Asian-American-focused studio movie in more than two decades. But the reason the movie is coming to theaters in the first place is because of a key decision made by author Kevin Kwan, who wrote the book on which the movie is based, and director Jon M. Chu, who both turned down a greenlighted trilogy and massive paydays if the project ended up going to Netflix.
Making sure this movie got in front of audiences in traditional theaters was so important that they ended up going with Warner Bros.
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After playing significant roles in the two previous entries in the Mission: Impossible franchise, Jeremy Renner‘s intelligence analyst character William Brandt isn’t referenced or mentioned at all in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. We knew his scheduling requirements for the Avengers movies kept him on a short leash, but now writer/director Chris McQuarrie has revealed that Fallout nearly had a Jeremy Renner cameo in which Brandt was killed off. Read More »