By Alex Warner and Charlotte Chilton

Think of your favorite TV or movie character. Now think about how different the movie or TV show would be if another actor had been cast. Unsettling, right?

Often when TV producers search for their perfect cast, things don’t go as planned. The right actor for a specific character might be reading for a different role on the same show. Sometimes an actor’s audition is so strong there’s a character created just for them. Whatever the case may be, many of your faves didn’t originally audition for the roles they’re best known for.

Check out some examples below:

Tom Felton Could Have Played The Role Of Harry Potter

Tom Felton Could Have Played The Role Of Harry Potter

Heath Ledger Was Offered The Role Of Batman In The Movie “Batman Begins”

Heath Ledger Was Offered The Role Of Batman In The Movie "Batman Begins"

Tom Hiddleston Auditioned For The Role Of Thor In The Films Of The MCU

Tom Hiddleston Auditioned For The Role Of Thor In The Films Of The MCU

Courteney Cox Originally Auditioned For The Role Of Rachel Greene On Friends

Courteney Cox Originally Auditioned For The Role Of Rachel Greene On Friends

Liam Hemsworth Auditioned For The Role Of Peeta Mellark In “The Hunger Games”

Liam Hemsworth Auditioned For The Role Of Peeta Mellark In "The Hunger Games"

James Franco Auditioned For The Role Of Spider-Man

James Franco Auditioned For The Role Of Spider-Man

Rainn Wilson Auditioned For The Role Of Michael Scott In “The Office”

Rainn Wilson Auditioned For The Role Of Michael Scott In "The Office"

Sebastian Stan Auditioned For The Role Of Captain America In The MCU Films

Sebastian Stan Auditioned For The Role Of Captain America In The MCU Films

Lee Pace Auditioned For The Role Of Star-Lord In “Guardians Of The Galaxy”

Lee Pace Auditioned For The Role Of Star-Lord In "Guardians Of The Galaxy"

John Krasinski Could Have Played The Role Of Dwight Schrute In The TV Series “The Office”

John Krasinski Could Have Played The Role Of Dwight Schrute In The TV Series "The Office"

Betty White Auditioned For The Role Of Blanche Devereaux In “Golden Girls”

Betty White Auditioned For The Role Of Blanche Devereaux In "Golden Girls"

Ashley Greene Auditioned For The Role Of Bella Swan In “Twilight”

Ashley Greene Auditioned For The Role Of Bella Swan In "Twilight"

Chris Colfer Auditioned For The Role Of Artie Abrams In “Glee”

Chris Colfer Auditioned For The Role Of Artie Abrams In "Glee"

Sonequa Martin-Green Auditioned For The Role Of Michonne On “The Walking Dead”

Sonequa Martin-Green Auditioned For The Role Of Michonne On "The Walking Dead"

Darren Criss Auditioned For The Role Of Finn Hudson In “Glee”

Darren Criss Auditioned For The Role Of Finn Hudson In "Glee"

Charisma Carpenter Auditioned For The Role Of Buffy In “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”

Charisma Carpenter Auditioned For The Role Of Buffy In "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"

Sandra Oh Auditioned For The Role Of Miranda Bailey In “Grey’s Anatomy”

Sandra Oh Auditioned For The Role Of Miranda Bailey In "Grey’s Anatomy"

Norman Reedus Auditioned For The Role Of Merle Dixon In “The Walking Dead”

Norman Reedus Auditioned For The Role Of Merle Dixon In "The Walking Dead"

Isaiah Washingt Auditioned For The Role Of Derek Shepherd In “Grey’s Anatomy”

Isaiah Washingt Auditioned For The Role Of Derek Shepherd In "Grey's Anatomy"

Liza Weil Auditioned For The Role Of Rory Gilmore On “Gilmore Girls”

Liza Weil Auditioned For The Role Of Rory Gilmore On "Gilmore Girls"

 

Natasha Lyonne Auditioned For The Role Of Lorna In “Orange Is The New Black”

Natasha Lyonne Auditioned For The Role Of Lorna In "Orange Is The New Black"

Marina Sirtis Was Originally Cast As Tasha Yar, And Denise Crosby Was Their First Choise For Deanna Troi In Star Trek: The Next Generation

Marina Sirtis Was Originally Cast As Tasha Yar, And Denise Crosby Was Their First Choise For Deanna Troi In Star Trek: The Next Generation

Amanda Seyfried Auditioned For The Role Of Regina George In “Mean Girls”

Amanda Seyfried Auditioned For The Role Of Regina George In "Mean Girls"

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