5 Performers You’ll Never Believe Were Almost In Star Wars

As kickass as lightsabers and space combats are, it’s the casting that built Star Wars such a lasting success. The fact that these actors could read George Lucas’ lines believably is what elevated that first movie from “really nice Power Rangers episode” to “instant classic.” Believe about it. Can you imagine anyone else playing Luke Skywalker or Han Solo? Can you even picture a movie where Princess Leia isn’t Carrie Fisher, or where Luke’s best friend Biggs isn’t played by the pizza delivery guy from every ‘7 0s porno?

The name “Biggs” came with his contract .

Of course you can’t, and not just because television and smartphones have irradiated your imagination out of existence. Those roles are iconic . But a long time ago, in some shitty production office far, far away, the cast of the Star Wars saga wasn’t set in carbonite. And it was almost pretty damn different …

# 5. Tupac Shakur Reportedly Read For The Part Of Mace Windu

It’s a little-known fact that Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the Star Wars prequels wasn’t named “Jedi Master Sam Jackson, ” and was in fact a scripted character called “Mace Windu.” Proof of that? Other people entirely auditioned for the proportion … including, apparently, Tupac. Yes, that Tupac — the State Senator from Michigan.

Kidding. We entailed the guy you were really thinking about.

“Help me, Obi-Wan Keno– Ehh, you know what, I got this.”

According to Rick Clifford, an technologist at Death Star Row records, while chatting about upcoming movie projects in 1996, Tupac let it slip that he was about to read for a part in the new George Lucas film — which turned out to be a little movie called Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace II Society . Tupac would have been an ideal candidate for the CGI-saturated production, having previous experience acting opposite basically nothing.

“Jar-Jar? I done full Belushi.”

If you think there’s no way this could happen, please take a step back and consider the appropriate means that may weird it is that Samuel L. Jackson, a dude famous for saying “motherfucker” perfectly, ended up in Star Wars . Tupac didn’t get the component, but even if he had, the fact that he was murdered before Episode I started shooting is a possibility imperiled his participation in the film anyway( though it didn’t stop the release of his three postmortem movies: Bullet , Gridlock’d , and the classic I Faked My Death And I’m Living In Cuba ). The biggest misfortune of all, of course, is that the icon was robbed of the opportunity to be immortalized as a pen for all eternity.

“Hmmm, what Jedi implement would it make sense to turn into a pen? Ah yes, their feet.”

# 4. The Voice Of Darth Vader Was Almost Orson Welles

Actor James Earl Jones is likely more famous for voicing Darth Vader than for being actor James Earl Jones. He’s surely better-known than David Prowse, the guy who actually walked around and waved his hands in a threatening manner inside Vader’s suit. Jones’ deep, distinctive voice turned what could have easily been a cheesy sci-fi bad guy into the embodiment of piss-your-pants evil.

And yet the voice of Darth Vader was almost performed by legendary performer/ director Orson Welles. Welles, as we are all aware, is famous for his second-greatest accomplishment, Citizen Kane — his greatest run being that video where he gets hammered while filming a wine commercial. Seriously, even if there were a video of a newborn panda lip-syncing “The Macarena” with scantily-clad girls, this would still be the greatest thing on YouTube 😛 TAGEND

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According to Jones, Lucas even turned to Welles first , but he changed his mind because he was afraid Welles’ voice might be too recognizable. There was no chance of that happens to Jones, since he was unemployed at the time. It’s hard to imagine what Welles’ version would have been like, exactly, though it almost certainly wouldn’t have had the lasting culture impact of Jones’ performance. Just look at the fact that Darth Vader as we know him is one of the greatest characters in movie history, and Unicron from Transformers: The Movie ( Welles’ biggest voiceover role) … isn’t.

Strangely enough, Charles Foster “Citizen” Kane and Darth Vader ended up having similar biographies in the end. Both were taken from their parents as children by mysterious strangers with the promise of a better life, both became major dicks, and both left behind beloved toys( the Rosebud sled and goddamn C-3PO ).

The wrong one died in a flame .

# 3. Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Walker, And( Perhaps) Christian Bale Could Have Been Anakin Skywalker

Darth Vader’s descent into evil should have been a harrowing moment in cinema history. Instead, what we got felt more like a high school production of an elementary school student’s script called Stay Off Sith, It Will Hurt You ! At least some of that blamed can be put one over the actors playing Anakin Skywalker: that random child whose life was destroyed by Internet jerks and Hayden Christensen, aka the guy who ruined your DVD copy of Return Of The Jedi . Judging by his expression, Anakin expended the afterlife spying on Ewoks having sexuality . It’s true that Christensen was being asked to read dialogue that sounded like it was written by an alien are seeking to puzzle out what this mystery called humanity is. But consider this for a second: What if Anakin had been played by an actor you’d is aware of ?

As it happens, a whole bunch of well-known actors were up for the coveted part. At one point, Leonardo DiCaprio was the top competitor, but he bowed out of the race due to “other commitments”( meaning “movies more likely to give me an Oscar in two to three years, tops” ). Lucas also considered both male principals from Dawson’s Creek . If you’re thinking that wouldn’t have been an improvement, try watching any relationship-y scene from that reveal followed by the blossoming romance from Episode II , and insure which one makes you hate the very concept of love.

And rattails, if you didn’t already .

Late Fast And The Furious star( and big Star Wars fanboy) Paul Walker was also in the running, but who could buy that guy as a hotshot pilot? It was even rumored that Christian Bale was Lucas’ first choice to play Anakin, which could have brought some much-needed intensity to the role( to the possible discomfort of crew members with sensitive ears ). But no , none of these performers held a candle to the future superstar of Jumper .

As kickass as lightsabers and space battles are, it’s the casting that constructed Star Wars such a lasting success. The fact that these performers could read George Lucas’ lines believably is what elevated that first movie from “really nice Power Rangers episode” to “instant classic.” Believe about it. Can you imagine anyone else playing Luke Skywalker or Han Solo? Can you even picture a movie where Princess Leia isn’t Carrie Fisher, or where Luke’s best friend Biggs isn’t played by the pizza delivery guy from every ‘7 0s porno?

The name “Biggs” came with his contract .

Of course you can’t, and not just because television and smartphones have irradiated your imagination out of existence. Those roles are iconic . But a long time ago, in some shitty production office far, far away, the cast of the Star Wars tale wasn’t set in carbonite. And it was almost pretty damn different …

# 5. Tupac Shakur Reportedly Read For The Part Of Mace Windu

It’s a little-known fact that Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the Star Wars prequels wasn’t named “Jedi Master Sam Jackson, ” and was in fact a scripted character called “Mace Windu.” Proof of that? Other people wholly auditioned for the portion … including, apparently, Tupac. Yes, that Tupac — the State Senator from Michigan.

Kidding. We entailed the guy you were really thinking about.

“Help me, Obi-Wan Keno– Ehh, you know what, I got this.”

According to Rick Clifford, an technologist at Death Star Row records, while chatting about upcoming movie projects in 1996, Tupac let it slip that he was about to read for a part in the new George Lucas film — which turned out to be a little movie called Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace II Society . Tupac would have been an ideal nominee for the CGI-saturated production, having previous experience acting opposite basically nothing.

“Jar-Jar? I done full Belushi.”

If you think there’s no way this could happen, please take a step back and consider how weird it is that Samuel L. Jackson, a dude famous for saying “motherfucker” perfectly, finished in Star Wars . Tupac didn’t get the part, but even though it is he had, the facts of the case that he was murdered before Episode I started shooting is a possibility threatened his participation in the film anyway( though it didn’t stop the release of his three postmortem movies: Bullet , Gridlock’d , and the classic I Faked My Death And I’m Living In Cuba ). The biggest misfortune of all, of course, is that the icon was robbed of the option of being immortalized as a pen for all eternity.

“Hmmm, what Jedi implement would it make sense to turn into a pen? Ah yes, their feet.”

# 4. The Voice Of Darth Vader Was Almost Orson Welles

Actor James Earl Jones is likely more famous for voicing Darth Vader than for being actor James Earl Jones. He’s surely better-known than David Prowse, the guy who actually strolled around and waved his hands in a threatening style inside Vader’s suit. Jones’ deep, distinctive voice turned what could have easily been a cheesy sci-fi bad guy into the embodiment of piss-your-pants evil.

And yet the voice of Darth Vader was almost performed by legendary actor/ director Orson Welles. Welles, as we are all aware, is famous for his second-greatest achievement, Citizen Kane — his greatest work lies in the fact that video where he gets hammered while filming a wine commercial. Severely, even if there were a video of a newborn panda lip-syncing “The Macarena” with scantily-clad girls, this was continuing to the greatest thing on YouTube 😛 TAGEND

[ youtube https :// www.youtube.com/ watch? v= mwbfwXcoRcs& w= 420& h= 315]

According to Jones, Lucas even turned to Welles first , but he changed his intellect because he was afraid Welles’ voice might be too recognizable. There was no chance of that happens to Jones, since he was unemployed at the time. It’s hard to imagine what Welles’ version would have been like, exactly, though it almost certainly wouldn’t have had the lasting culture impact of Jones’ performance. Just look at the fact that Darth Vader as we know him is one of the greatest characters in movie history, and Unicron from Transformers: The Movie ( Welles’ biggest voiceover role) … isn’t.

Strangely enough, Charles Foster “Citizen” Kane and Darth Vader ended up having similar biographies in the end. Both were taken from their parents as children by mysterious strangers with the promise of a better life, both became major dicks, and both left behind beloved dolls( the Rosebud sled and goddamn C-3PO ).

The incorrect one died in a flame .

# 3. Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Walker, And( Perhaps) Christian Bale Could Have Been Anakin Skywalker

Darth Vader’s descent into evil should have been a harrowing moment in cinema history. Instead, what we got felt more like a high school production of an elementary school student’s script called Stay Off Sith, It Will Hurt You ! At least some of that blame can be put one across the actors playing Anakin Skywalker: that random child whose life was destroyed by Internet dorks and Hayden Christensen, aka the guy who ruined your DVD copy of Return Of The Jedi . Judging by his expres, Anakin expended the afterlife spying on Ewoks having sexuality . It’s true that Christensen was being asked to read dialogue that sounded like it was written by an foreigner are seeking to puzzle out what this mystery called humanity is. But consider this for a second: What if Anakin had been played by relevant actors you’d heard of ?

As it happens, a whole bunch of well-known performers were up for the coveted part. At one point, Leonardo DiCaprio was the top contender, but he bowed out of the race due to “other commitments”( entailing “movies more likely to give me an Oscar in two to three years, tops” ). Lucas also considered both male principals from Dawson’s Creek . If you’re thinking that wouldn’t have been an improvement, try watching any relationship-y scene from that depict followed by the blossoming romance from Episode II , and find which one constructs you hate the very notion of love.

And rattails, if you didn’t already .

Late Fast And The Furious star( and big Star Wars fanboy) Paul Walker was also in the running, but who could buy that guy as a hotshot pilot? It was even rumored that Christian Bale was Lucas’ first choice to play Anakin, which could have brought some much-needed intensity to the role( to the possible inconvenience of crew members with sensitive ears ). But no , none of these performers held a candle to the future star of Jumper .

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