Contrary to popular opinion, it is not all glitz and glamour in Hollywood.
A huge part of the success by actors and actresses is hard work, which includes picking just the right projects and the best roles that suit them. There are movie roles so iconic and they basically made the careers of Hollywood personalities who have otherwise faded in the background. Below are seven famous roles that almost went to other actors, and how each one eventually defined the acting career of those who landed them.
1. Bella Swan
This role defined the very young but flourishing career of Kristen Stewart. Not a lot of people know that Jennifer Lawrence (Silverlinings Playbook, Hunger Games, X-Men) also auditioned for the role of Swan, but did not get the part. In a few interviews, Lawrence admits she was relieved not to have landed the role as she does not envy the kind of media attention Kristen Stewart received for her role in the Twilight series.
2. Peter Parker/Spiderman
Tobey Maguire would not have made it big in Hollywood, if Freddie Prinze Jr snatched the role of Peter Parker in the Spiderman movies. However, Prinze Jr himself said in an interview with Howard Stern, that Director Sam Raimi preferred Maguire as Peter Parker, so the latter landed the acting gig instead. Tobey has been well received as Peter Parker, and fans as well as movie critics now give him due credit for making the character his own on the big screen.