10 actors who could play iconic action heroes

Action is one of the most popular genres of cinema, especially revered by the audience. The actors of this role are always in sight and sometimes it is not easy for us to imagine that completely different people could be involved in certain films. Pictures such as “The matrix”, “Toughie” and The Bourne Identity would have gained a new reading if the directors had made a different choice.

Keanu Reeves.  Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis.  Collage

Such a development of events seems quite real – often a huge number of people are involved in the tests. Not always a suitable actor is available for a project and sometimes has his own vision of the situation, so directors literally have to patch holes and look for compromise candidates for the main role.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt.  Matt Damon

Today it is difficult to imagine that the role Jason Bourne could well have gotten Brad Pitt… Obviously, the actor would brilliantly cope with the task, because he is known as a versatile person capable of expressing himself in any genre. However, Brad refused to star in the film. The Bourne Identity in favor of the project “Spy games”

The choice cannot be called obvious, because the action movie was a huge success and for a long time took its rightful place in the collections of moviegoers. However, Pitt already has a lot of good roles, so he hardly regrets the missed opportunity, and Matt Damon did a great job with the image of Jason Bourne.

Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot.  Charlize Theron

The Israeli model and actress is known to the audience for filming in “Fast and the Furious” and comic book adaptations. Few people know, but Gadot could add a high-profile project to my track record George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road… The reboot of the famous franchise was a huge success and received 6 figurines Oscar in technical nominations.

but Gal turned down the role Furiosa… According to the actress herself, she does not regret the missed opportunity. This is due to the fact that participation in the Mad Max project could deprive her of her role Wonder women and close the door to the Expanded Universe DC



Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges.  Liam Neeson

Painting The Big Lebowski made Jeff Bridges the audience’s favorite, but really high-profile projects often bypassed the actor. The main role in the film “Hostage” could well return him to the top of fame, but Pierre Morel received an unexpected refusal. I must admit that the script did not look really brilliant and many considered the project with a fair amount of skepticism.

Saved the situation Liam Neeson, who not only coped with the task brilliantly, but also received a powerful impetus for his future career. Since then, the actor has starred in a number of successful action films as part of this role. Bridges later praised Neeson’s skill and admitted that Liam was more suited to the role than Jeff himself.

Will Smith

Will Smith.  Keanu Reeves

Now it’s hard to imagine someone else instead of Keanu Reeves in the role Neo… When “The matrix” just in development, brothers Wachowski eager to see in the lead role Will Smith… After reading the script, the actor said that he did not understand anything and refused to participate in the project. Will chose to play in the tape “Wild Wild West”which became a complete failure and collected a whole basket “Golden raspberries”

Smith later admitted that the actors played in “The Matrix” even too well, and he could just ruin the overall picture with his participation. Of course, this is not said without a grain of humor, but that year Will clearly let down his instinct.


Al Pacino

Al Pacino.  Sylvester Stallone

The master of the acting workshop could play a major role in a series of films “Rambo” and today this possibility seems simply unthinkable. but Al Pacino really received such an offer, but was forced to refuse due to disagreements with the director. The actor wanted to make the image of Rambo dramatic, and show it through the prism of mental disorder. There is no doubt that Al Pacino could give the hero depth, but the creators of the tape did not support this impulse.

Eventually, Sylvester Stallonewell proven in the franchise Rocky, got another role that has become a cult. Today “Rambo” is a classic of the genre, fans of action movies are happy to watch the film even now.

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen.  Clint Eastwood

Although the era of the heyday of Westerns is long gone, it did not stop Clint Eastwood maintain its popularity over the years. In the picture “Dirty Harry” he plays a police officer whose methods are by no means humane. This role perfectly suited the star of Westerns, and the viewer highly appreciated the efforts of the filmmakers.

It is curious that Eastwood was far from the first choice of the director – at first the creators of the picture planned to attract Steve McQueen, an actor and racer who was on friendly terms with Chuck Norris and Bruce lee… After unsuccessful negotiations, the choice fell on Frank Sinatra, but he injured his arm and was also forced to give up the role.



Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck.  Harrison Ford

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas created a popular franchise for two “Indiana Jones”… For the main role, it was necessary to find a truly colorful actor who could attract the attention of the public. The choice immediately fell on Harrison Ford, but the screenwriter and director continued to search. Lucas has already collaborated a lot with the actor and did not want to use him again in his project in order to avoid unnecessary associations.

Candidacy Tom Selleck I arranged for everyone as an ideal compromise, but the man had obligations to one of the studios, so he was forced to refuse. Lucas had to reconsider his prejudices and agree to Ford.

Charles Bronson

Charles Bronson.  Kurt Russell

When it’s time to shoot Escape from New York, John Carpenter immediately saw in the leading role exclusively Kurt Russell… However, the studio bosses opposed this decision, since they considered the actor not brutal enough to embody the image of a criminal named Serpent… Kurt previously starred in several family films and was not perceived as an action hero.

One of the main contenders for the role was Charles Bronsonwho showed interest in the project. However, Carpenter managed to defend his point of view and invite Russell. According to the director, it was uncomfortable for him to work with stars of Bronson’s caliber, since he himself was just starting his career.


Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep.  Sigourney Weaver

Ridley Scott when creating a painting “Stranger” very much hoped to attract to the main role Meryl Streep… However, tragic circumstances intervened, the actress’s fiancé recently passed away, suffering from lung cancer. Scott considered it inappropriate to disturb Meryl in such a difficult period, so he did not dare to propose.

Ridley had to pay attention to an unknown actress Sigourney Weaver, which brilliantly coped with its task. The painting “Alien” was the beginning of a great and successful career for her.

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra.  Bruce Willis

And here Frank no one was going to shoot in “Die hard”but Sinatra himself could easily take on the role John McClane… It’s all about the contract – in 1968 year famous singer and, concurrently, actor starred in the film “Detective”adaptation of the novel Roderica Thorpe… Sinatra’s game earned extremely positive reviews, so the filmmakers left him the right to act in the sequel. This is exactly the kind of film Die Hard.

In Frank’s abilities doubt not necessary – he achieved success in any business that he undertook. However, at the time of filming, the actor was already 70 years, and numerous chases and battle scenes suggested the presence of a younger hero. Probably, Sinatra himself perfectly understood the situation, so he voluntarily released the studio from obligations.

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