8 Actors Who Would've Played Iconic Roles In Favorite Movies

A popular saying asserts that one's own heart is the one and only place where one can truly discover hope, including the hearts of actors and actresses who have nothing more on their wish lists than the opportunity to play an iconic character in a movie or a television series of some kind. However, there are times when the odds change due to a change in circumstances, and one can divide their life into "before" and "after" those times. These actors would've played iconic roles.
Actors who played legendary roles might be changed. 

1. Jude Law as Superman

actors would've played iconic rolesSource: Superman Returns

Jude Law wasn’t the first actor to turn down the Man of Steel part. He wasn’t sure about the idea. Furthermore, in his opinion, an Englishman had no business assuming the role of an American superhero. One day, he was even given the costume to reflect in. After donning it, he examined himself in a mirror. But alas, it was all for naught; that had been enough for him

2. Carey Mulligan as Lisbeth Salander

actors would've played iconic rolesSource: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Producers claimed to have looked at around 5,000 possible candidates to play a prominent bisexual computer hacker. Kristen Stewart and Natalie Portman were among the actors that were considered for the role. Mulligan said that she wished she had been cast since she adored the novels. However, the award went to Rooney Mara, who is also adorable.

3. Jared Harris as High Sparrow

actors would've played iconic rolesSource: Game of Thrones

There was an attempt to cast Jared Harris as the High Sparrow, and he did an audition. Nonetheless, Jonathan Pryce was the one who won in the end. This perplexed Harris, who lamented that his portions were disappearing to "the oddest people." Aside from roles that Gary Oldman and Phillip Seymour Hoffman declined, he also got to try out for the role of Anthony Hopkins in Westworld. Finally, the most out-there of them all: Game of Thrones.

4. Jeremy Irons as Dr. Hannibal Lecter

actors would've played iconic rolesSource: Silence of the Lambs

The film's grim tone and graphic brutality dissuaded Irons from taking the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Even after learning that Hopkins had won an Oscar for the part, he was relieved that he had made the decision. Perhaps not everyone enjoys the challenge of playing the sinister bad guy.

5. Mahershala Ali as Xaro Xhoan Daxos, a merchant in Qarth

Source: Game of Thrones

Mahershala Ali has stated publicly that he was pretty much certain to not be cast in Game of Thrones due to his audition. In fact, he claims it was among his most unsuccessful auditions ever. His lines were remembered, and he had extensively practiced his "power movements and stances" extensively. The stool's lack of a back, though, threw him off. Then, he discovered he would need to bring his own stool to his upcoming audition.

6. Millie Bobby Brown as Lyanna Mormont

Source: Game of Thrones

Millie Bobby Brown spent a lot of time attempting to book commercial auditions. After that, she auditioned for Game of Thrones but was ultimately unsuccessful. After that, she found acting so challenging that she almost gave up. Being cast as Eleven in Stranger Things was a huge break for her, and her career took off.

7. Kurt Russell as Han Solo

Source: Star Wars

The original Star Wars film had an audition for Kurt Russell. Before the roles of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker were cast, he tried out for them. He had the option of appearing in a western as well, but he had to decide. And the end result is something everyone is aware of.

8. Jeremy Sisto as Jack Dawson

Source: Titanic

Currently, Jeremy Sisto has reached the ripe old age of 48 years old. However, not many people know that he was a prime contender for the lead role in the 1997 film Titanic. Sisto said he was incredibly moved by the film but was left sad when he learned that Leonardo DiCaprio had been cast in the lead despite his best efforts. In any case, he benefited much from the opportunity and said it was an exhilarating experience.
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