Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Alternate Universe Movie Casting

There are so many casting-that-might-have-been stories in Hollywood 's history. Midjourney, the AI image-generator, can help us to imagine what it might have been like if a casting choice went as originally planned.

Al Pacino as Lenny Bruce in Lenny (1974)

Clint Eastwood as K in Men in Black (1997)

John Travolta as Arthur Bach in Arthur (1981)

John Travolta Forest Gump as Forrest Gump (1994)

Elvis_Presley as Willie Wonka in Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (1971)

Mel Gibson as Paul Sheldon in Misery (1990)

Montgomery Clift as Will Kane in High Noon (1952)

Robert Redford as Albert DeSalvo in The Boston Strangler (1968)

Robin Williams as Josh Baskin in Big (1988)

Shirley MacLaine as Alice Hyatt in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

Shirley MacLaine as Diane Freeling in Poltergeist (1982)

Sylvester Stallone as Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988).

We have a bunch of examples with James Caan.

Caan as Trapper John McIntrye in MASH (1970) 

Caan as Popeye Doyle in French Connection (1971)

Caan as McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 

Caan as Roy Neary in Close Encounters of The Third Kind (1977)

Caan as Hans Solo in Star Wars (1977)

Caan as Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl (1977)

Caan as Ted Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Caan as Deckard in Blade Runner (1982)

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