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Charlie-San as Daniel-San? Original casting choices in the '80s



karatecharlie.jpgEric Stoltz as Marty McFly in Back to the Future. Al Pacino as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop. Some original casting choices are so outrageous that it makes you wonder why Hollywood didn't go Dust Bowl 30 years ago. Other times, you sorta ponder the greatness of the director's thinking. has a new list of 50 Original Casting Choices from the last few decades. Click here to see part 1 and part 2. As always, Stuck in the '80s has provided the Cliff Notes to movies from our beloved decade.

50. The Terminator (1984) – Sylvester Stallone as The Terminator: "Sly passed not long before [James] Cameron got wind of Arnold Schwarzenegger, actually."

48. American Gigolo (1980) – John Travolta as Julian Kay: "Amusingly, Travolta also passed on An Officer and a Gentlemen and Chicago, both which Gere ended up doing."

47. Top Gun (1986) – Matthew Modine as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: "Matthew Modine – then on the rise thanks to his performances in flicks like Vision Quest and Birdy – was Paramount’s first and only choice."

43. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones: "Unfortunately the pilot of a TV series that Selleck had filmed (Magnum P.I) was picked up and Selleck was legally obligated to it."

40. Beverly Hills Cop (1984) – Sylvester Stallone as Axel Foley:
"Sly was originally cast as Axel Foley in a more action-centric, less-comical “Beverly Hills Cop” movie."

39. Die Hard (1988) -  Arnold Schwarzenegger as John McClane: "Die Hard was originally written as a sequel to Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger expected to reprise his role as arm-canoned John Matrix."

36. Ghost Busters (1984) – John Belushi as Peter Venkman: "Belushi died before Aykroyd could convince Columbia to make the movie."

35. Batman (1989) – Michael J.Fox as Bruce Wayne/Batman: "Fox was also considered the role of Robin, but director Tim Burton nixed the idea of including the Boy Wonder in the first flick."

27. Back to the Future (1985) – Johnny Depp as Marty McFly: "Unfortunately for Depp, the Future gang didn’t think he was a good fit for the role of Marty."

23. Beetlejuice (1988) – Sammi Davis Jr as Beetlegeuse: "Burton had a hard time convincing the brass at Warner Bros that a '60s superstar was the right man to lead an expensive new effects blockbuster."

22. The Karate Kid (1984) – Charlie Sheen as Daniel LaRusso: "Sheen passed on “The Karate Kid”, but brother Estevez’s Outsiders co-star Ralph Macchio jumped at it."

21. When Harry Met Sally (1989) – Molly Ringwald as Sally: "At the time Ringwald was growing a little tired of acting so passed on pretty much every offer that came her way."

20. Wall Street (1988) – Richard Gere as Gordon Gecko: "Director Oliver Stone had offered the part to Richard Gere, but Gere wasn’t interested, so in walks Michael Douglas, ready and able to show Stone just what he’s made of."

19. Romancing the Stone (1984) – Christopher Reeve as Jack T.Colton: "Robert Zemeckis ... asked the actor if he’d be keen on ditching the red undies for a few months and playing a grizzled adventurer-for-hire in a new romantic adventure comedy he was putting together titled Romancing the Stone."

11. 48 Hours’ (1982) – Mickey Rourke as Jack Cates: "Rourke, whose career was on the up and up at that stage, benevolently refused the offer."

10. Masters of the Universe (1987) – Sylvester Stallone as He-Man:
"Sly suggested Dolph Lundgren, whom he had worked with on Rocky IV, would be a much better fit."

8. Blade Runner (1982) – Dustin Hoffman as Rick Deckard: "Before [Harrison] Ford was approached, Scott had tested everyone from Gene Hackman to Clint Eastwood and Scott Glenn."

[Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2011 10:57am]


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