Tom Hanks is one of the most successful actors in the world, with two Oscars as the best actor to prove it. He is also known as one of the nicest people in Hollywood. As you can imagine, Hank’s services are in high demand, but even a benevolent soul like Hanks cannot say “yes” to every project he is offered. So let’s take a look back at some of Hank’s lost roles.
1. Getting crazy (1983)
It was very early in the actor’s film career, but director Allan Arkush knew he wanted Tom Hanks as his lead actor, Neil Allen. Instead, studio manager Herb Solow insisted on Daniel Stern. According to Arkush, Solow also refused to cast Mariska Hargitay and Jerry Orbach.
2nd Police school (1
In the year 2005, Police school Creator Paul Maslansky claimed that the filmmakers’ wish list for the role of Mahoney was in no particular order: Michael Keaton, Tom Hanks, and Judge Reinhold. Steven Guttenberg ended with the role.
3rd When Harry met Sally … (1989)
Director Rob Reiner spoke to Hanks about playing Harry When Harry met Sally …as well as Albert Brooks, Richard Dreyfuss and Michael Keaton. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal immediately had chemistry, and the rest is cinema history (and delicacy history).
4th Super Mario Bros. (1993)
According to Jeff Ryan’s book Super Mario: How Nintendo conquered AmericaHanks was hired to play Mario before being fired and replaced by Bob Hoskins, who asked for less money anyway. Hanks won his first Oscar for best actor for his role in 1993 Philadelphia (The second came a year later, e.g. Forrest Gump) that came out in the same year as Super Mario Bros.A film that was made in general and later called Hoskins his biggest disappointment in life.
5. Marmot day (1993)
Director Harold Ramis admitted in a Q&A in 2009 that he originally wanted Hanks to play Phil Connors. Hanks later told Ramis that he had made the right choice in Bill Murray and said: “The audience would have sat there waiting for me to be nice because I always play nice. But Bill is such a miserable SOB on and off the screen, you didn’t. ” knows what would happen. “
6. The Shawshank redemption (1994)
Hanks, Kevin Costner and Tom Cruise passed on Andy Dufresne before Tim Robbins got the role of his life.
7. When a man loves a woman (1994)
Tom Hanks was originally supposed to play Michael Green until the first director rewrote Al Franken and Ronald Bass’ dark comedic script about code dependency. After a few years, director Luis Mandoki came on board and fixed the script with Franconia and Bass. Until then, Hanks had moved on, and Andy Garcia took the stage instead.
8th. speed (1994)
Screenwriter Graham Yost recalled that the studio went first to Hanks and Cruise, then Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson and others before Keanu Reeves’ name was ever mentioned, possibly to play Jack.
9. Nixon (1995)
Hanks was supposed to play the 37th President of the United States in Richard Nixon’s Passion, a project that never saw the light of day. Knowing this, Oliver Stone turned to Hanks to play Nixon in his Tricky Dick movie instead. Anthony Hopkins signed after Hanks refused Stone.
10th Jerry Maguire (1996)
Cameron Crowe wrote the film with Hanks as the protagonist. Hanks was busy making his film That what you do!. He later told Crowe that the film was perfect with Cruise as the main character.
11. Star Trek: First contact (1996)
Hanks also missed playing Zefram Cochrane because he was too busy working on it That what you do!. This pass could have hurt more since Hanks is a huge one Star Trek Fan and two years earlier had expressed regret that he had no time to appear in one Star Trek: Next Generation Episode or Star Trek Movie.
12th Primary colors (1998)
Hanks initially agreed to play the lead in Mike Nichols’ adaptation of the book, which is known to be Bill Clinton’s first successful presidential campaign, until he realized he was too busy. The media said Hanks had withdrawn because of his friendship with Clinton and had to deny that this was the case. In fact, Hanks claimed that Clinton told him that he had his blessing to take on the role. John Travolta received the honor instead.
13. The curse of the jade scorpion (2001)
Woody Allen claimed that both Hanks and Jack Nicholson had declined the lead The curse of the jade scorpionMaybe because they weren’t offered enough money.
14. Kinsey (2004)
Lute! Online columnist Anderson Jones, Hanks, was among a group of A-list actors who “flirted” with the role of Kinsey. Liam Neeson eventually played the controversial sexologist.
fifteen. Shopgirl (2005)
Steve Martin approached Hanks to play Ray. Hanks was too busy, so Martin took on the role he had written himself.
Martin Scorsese was a co-author of the screenplay and was to produce a Dean Martin biopic, with Hanks playing the singer / comedian. Scorsese had planned to make it afterwards Criminal organizations from New York, but it was never done.
This story was updated for 2020.