10 Acting Pairs Almost Cast in Romantic Hollywood Films

Everyone loves a good romance, whether it be a witty “rom-com,” a tearjerker melodrama, or an epic set against a historical backdrop. Although not everyone will enjoy romantic movies, they are among the most acclaimed and critically acclaimed motion picture ever made.

Even today, when adjusted for monetary inflation, 1939’s romantic epic Gone with the WindThe film remains the highest-grossing in cinema history. What would have happened if other actresses and lead actors were cast in these classic movies? It would have worked or they would have failed.

Here is a list with ten of the most loved romantic films, and the pairings who were almost originally cast as the leads.

10 Pretty Women: Burt Reynolds and Meg Ryan

Burt Reynolds was the King of Motion Pictures in the 1970s. He was featured in some of the biggest box office hits that decade. After a breakout role in John Boorman’s critically acclaimed survivalist thriller Delivery(1972), Reynolds rose to fame with movies such as The Longest Yard(1974) Smokey and the Bandit (1977). Meg Ryan, who scored hits such as You’ve Got Mail(1998) Kate & Leopold (2001).

This is why such a pairing could be box-office gold. Unfortunately, we’ll never know. But don’t judge them too harshly. turning down the rolesRemember Edward Lewis and Vivian Ward, who would play iconic roles for Richard Gere (and Julia Roberts)? Reynolds turned down Pretty Woman1990: To accept the lead role in CBS’ sitcom Evening ShadeHe was awarded the Emmy Award for this role, which was the only one in his career.

Meanwhile, coming off the success of 1989’s When Harry Met Sally, and three years after being cast in Seattle: Sleepless, turning down the role that made Roberts a star hardly slowed down Ryan’s career. Call it a “win-win” for everyone! Garry Marshall originally envisioned Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer as the lead roles. Another pairing that just doesn’t seem quite right.[1]

9 An Affair to Remember: Fernando Lamas & Arlene Dahl

Cary Grant was one the most charming actors of the 1950s. Ironically, Grant was only a few decades older and was better known for his comedic roles in films such as Bringing up a baby(1938) Old Lace and Arsenic(1943) than the sultry leading man roles he would play later. Leo McCarey, a veteran director decided to remake 1939’s romance classic. Love AffairHe envisioned it as a vehicle to Fernando Lamas’ husband-wife team. Arlene Dahl.

Consider the success achieved by another married couple in 1957. I Love Lucy’sLucille Ball and Desi Arnaz matched the Argentinian Lamas to make a match. This was a variation of the Cuban Arnaz/carrot-topped Ball pairing.

But fate would have it that way. A Memorable Affair(1957) would be acted with Grant and Deborah Kerr, a six-time Academy Award nominee. It was the right casting decision. The American Film Institute ranked it as the fifth most romantic movie of all time in 2002. It was a difficult break for Dahl and Lamas, who lost their iconic roles three years later. [2]

8 The Bishop’s Wife: Dana Andrews and Teresa Wright

Another film starring Cary Grant, a romantic leading man, is a Christmas classic that has been a fan favorite for decades. But he was not the original choice to play the angel Dudley in Henry Koster’s beloved romantic comedy The Bishop’s Wife1947. In 1947. The Best Years of Our Lives(1946) Samuel Goldwyn, a producer, had planned to cast each as the wife and bishop, with David Niven playing Dudley.

After Wright became pregnant, Goldwyn had to loan Andrews to RKO. In return, Loretta Young was released to play the title role. Grant was then cast as the angel but Koster, the director, made another casting change. Grant was cast as an angel instead of Andrews being replaced. Niven reluctantly agreed to be assigned the bishop role. Although initially disappointing at the box-office, the film has gradually grown in popularity and was remade in 1996. The Preacher’s Wifestarring Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington.[3]

7 Rocky: James Caan and Carrie Snodgress

There are multiple sequels and antagonists to the Marvel movie, but there are three things that many people forget about the movie. Rocky. First, the 1976 film won Best Picture Oscars. Second, Sylvester Stallone, a virtually unknown actor at the time, almost lost his title role. The third question is how much boxing was actually used in the film. It wasn’t much. Because Rocky—at its core—is not a true sports film. “It’s a love story,” to quote the actor who played champion Apollo Creed, Carl Weathers.

Executives at United Artists loved Sylvester Stallone’s script for the film, but they wanted a bankable star to play the lead. Coming off the success of testosterone-driven films like Rollerball (1975) and the “guy-cry” TV classic Brian’s Song (1971), who better to play the “Italian Stallion” than the actor previously cast as The Godfather’s oldest son, James Caan? To play Rocky’s love interest Adrian, Carrie Snodgress, who inspired Neil Young to write “A Man Needs a Maid” in 1972, was the frontrunner.

Stallone claims that Adrian was originally Irish and wanted Harvey Keitel as his partner. her brother. Who knows? This could have worked with Martin Scorsese as director.[4]

6 Grease: Henry Winkler & Marie Osmond

Few movies of the 1970s could have boasted the popularity of the musical romance comedy. Grease. Based on a Broadway musical. Grease(1978) was the highest-grossing musical film of all time. This record would continue for 30 years. After playing the iconic roles of Danny, and Sandy, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John became hugely popular. Newton-John was a big box-office draw and Travolta became a major star. cultivate a new imageShe is a singer. Both were not her first choices for the plum role.

At the peak of his fame as “Fonzie,” the bad-boy tough guy on TV’s Happy Days, Henry Winkler was first offered the role of Danny. Marie Osmond was considered for the role of Sandy, another TV star and teen idol. Winkler, hoping to avoid being typecast as a “greaser,” passed on the role. Osmond, fearing the rebel transformation of Sandy would hurt her image, also turned her offer down, as did brother Donny who rejected the offer to play the “Teen Angel.” In one of the worst career decisions ever, both Donny and Marie opted to star in the critical and commercial failure Goin’ Coconuts instead.[5]

5 Ghost: Bruce Willis, Michele Pfeiffer

Who can forget the iconic pottery wheel scene in which Patrick Swayze’s Sam romantically caresses and kisses Demi Moore’s Molly to the soulful rendition of The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” in the fantasy thriller Ghost (1990)? Now, picture the same scene with Moore’s then-husband and Die Hard star Bruce Willis and the woman, who a year earlier gave one of her most acclaimed performances singing “Makin’ Whoopee” on top of a piano in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Michele Pfeiffer. It’s an interesting idea that had potential.

However, it was Moore’s uncanny ability to cry on cue, out of either eye, that ultimately won her the part over Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, and Nicole Kidman, among others considered for the part of Molly. Willis candidly admitted he didn’t understand the script when he read it and later considered himself a “knucklehead” for rejecting the offer to star in what would become the highest-grossing film of 1990. He thought the concept of a romance between a ghost and a living person wouldn’t work. Willis, however, learned his lesson and appeared in the critically acclaimed The Sixth Sense in 1999, which of all things depicted a child who could see “dead people.”[6]

4 Doctor Zhivago: Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren

If there was ever a romantic epic with a greater historical sweep than Gone with the Wind, it has to be David Lean’s adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s novel Doctor Zhivago. The film features an all-star cast that includes Sir Alec Guinness, Oscar-winning actor Rod Steiger, and a. highest-grossing filmAdjusted for inflation in ticket prices

Omar Sharif in the title role was never more handsome, and Julie Christie as Lara, his muse, was never more beautiful. However, neither were Lean’s first choices. Peter O’Toole, who starred in Lean’s previous film Lawrence of ArabiaZhivago was his first choice for his wife, he said. Carlo Ponti, the producer, believed that Sophia Loren, Sophia Loren’s international sex symbol, was perfect for Lara. However, O’Toole had no interest in participating in another grueling epic production. And few believed Loren would be believable playing a young, virginal schoolgirl in the movie’s early scenes.

According to some reports, John Ford, an American filmmaker, recommended Christie after she had directed her in Young CassidyWhile Michael Caine, a fellow actor, suggested Sharif after reading about Zhivago. Regardless, it’s hard to argue with the final casting of a movie that today ranks among the greatest epic romances of all time.[7]

3 Titanic: Matthew McConaughey & Gwyneth Patrow

I’ve often wondered why so few seem to notice that Kate Winslet as young Rose in Titanic(1997) is very different from Gloria Stuart’s young version of the same character. Perhaps that’s because other actresses were considered for the part of Rose DeWitt Bukater long before the British actress secured the role.

James Cameron had a strong contender for the role of the heroine of his historical epic, and he considered an actress who was only one-year away from winning the Academy Award Best Actress. Gwyneth Paltrow. Paltrow, a thin blonde with an aristocratic look, would have made a great physical match for the actress who would play Paltrow as an elderly woman.

To play Jack, which was a role that made Leonardo DiCaprio superstar. Matthew McConaugheyIt was seriously considered. Cameron decided McConaughey was too young for the role and went with DiCaprio. In 1997, he could have been a teenager. After campaigning heavily to play Rose, Winslet’s screen test convinced the director she was made for the role. Eleven Oscars later, and more than two billion dollars in profit, Titanic, it’s hard to argue with Cameron’s decisions. It’s a good thing, too as I simply cannot picture Jack telling Rose, “It’s all right, all right, all right,” as she promises him she’ll never let go.[1]

2 Gone With the Wind – Gary Cooper and Paulette Gottard

Never known for subtlety, Cecil B. DeMille’s epic films were as brash and bombastic as the man himself. His epic adventure was released. UnconqueredIn 1947, Time magazine called the movie a “Technicolor celebration of Gary Cooper’s virility, Paulette Goddard’s femininity, and the American frontier spirit.” Critic Emanuel Levy later echoed it was “the sex appeal of the actors that made the film popular.”

It was perhaps this on-screen chemistry, which almost led David O. Selznick to cast both O. Selznick and O. Selznick eight years ago in his epic adaptation Gone with the Wind. Goddard would be the only actress other than Vivien Leigh who would complete a Technicolor screen test for the part of Scarlett O’Hara after emerging as a finalist for the highly sought-after role. Although Clark Gable was Selznick’s first choice for Rhett Butler, Cooper was also seriously considered until producer Sam Goldwyn, who he was contracted to, refused to loan him out.

Consider the huge box office success and long-term popularity Gone with the Wind, it’s hard to argue with the Leigh/Gable pairing. If you want to see what could have been, visit UnconqueredOne evening free[9]

1 Casablanca: George Raft, Michele Morgan

It’s the greatest movie of all time—well, after Citizen Kane—if you agree with the American Film Institute’s 1998 “Top 100” list. Whether it is or isn’t, few can question the enduring popularity of Casablanca(1942), a film with perhaps the most memorable lines of any movie ever made. The ill-fated love story of Rick and Ilsa and the chemistry of the film’s two charismatic leads, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, left an indelible mark on audiences that is still felt today.

Bogart and Bergman were not originally chosen to play the parts. Jack Warner, Warner Brothers studio head, envisioned George Raft as the lead. This actor was guilty of making some of the most disastrous career decisions in film history. Raft declined lead roles in The Maltese Falcon High SierraBogart became a Hollywood star for his parts in these roles. Bergman almost lost the role of Ilsa, to French actress Michele Morgan, who is not as well-known to American audiences. Wallis refused Morgan’s request for $55,000 to film the seven-week-long shoot and instead purchased Bergman for $25,000. It was a great price to pay for a career-defining performance.[10]

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