For a lot of us, the television shows we watch aren't just about the stories and the characters, but about the actors and actresses who bring them to life, too. It would be hard to imagine Michael Scott played by anyone other than Steve Carell, or a Ron Swanson than the one Nick Offerman brings to us (and, in fact, I refuse). Yet there are always multiple actors and actresses considered for every role — even if we don't like it.
Here are some TV roles that were almost played by a different actor.
#1 A whole new cast on "Seinfeld"
Despite the roles they've played since, most of the "Seinfeld" cast is still best-known for their role in the '90s sitcom "about nothing." However, Jerry's comrades were almost played by entirely different actors. Rosie O'Donnell, Megan Mulally, and Patricia Heaton all auditioned for role of Elaine, which ultimately went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Steve Buscemi, David Alan Grier, Paul Shaffer, and Danny DeVito both had their eyes on the role of George Costanza, ultimately played by Jason Alexander. Meanwhile, Tony Shalhoub was considered in place of Michael Richards as Kramer.
Bad Lip Reading videos are hilarious, but it's the NFL versions that are the absolute best. I will be watching this video and laughing maniacally for days. You will see such things as:
- Tom Brady saying "is this the party?!"
- Peyton Manning answer the question, "What are some things that could gross you out?" with "Old folks, allergies, that could sure do it. Having somebody yucky like you..."
- Travis Federick saying "You have to feed me... horse eggs."
Of course, this is all nonsense until you watch. And you should. You won't regret it. The previous Bad Lip Reading NFL video is golden, too, and can be found after the cut.
2014 will prove to be a pretty big year for movies. It's pretty clear the sequels, reboots, superhero films, and movies based on young-adult dystopian novels will dominate, as well as a handful of kid movies. There are some I'm pretty excited for ("They Came Together") and others I could leave at the door ("Transformers"). Here's a peek at the upcoming movies for 2014, including their release dates.
- RoboCop: Just before Valentine's Day, "Robocop" will be rebooted from its 1987 version. The basic story is still the same: a terminally wounded cop is able to return to his job when he becomes part-cyborg. Release date: February 12, 2014.
- Godzilla: This rendition of "Godzilla" will probably be slightly more interesting than previous ones given that it stars Bryan Cranston. Otherwise, it's all about that giant, radioactive monster destroying mankind. You know, same ol' same ol. Release date: May 16, 2014.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: This reboot has been tried previously, but maybe this time with Michael Bay, Megan Fox, and Will Arnett involved, it'll stick. If this reimagining of a film about those beloved crime-fighting turtles does well, there are two sequels we could experience, too. Release date: August 8, 2014.
I admit that I've never really been into the classic Christmas films like "Miracle on 34th Street" or "White Christmas." The only annual Christmas movie my family and I made sure to watch together was the animated specials like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the cartoon version of "The Grinch." So, as I grew up, my favorite Christmas films tended to be modern movies that I just really enjoyed. Here's my personal list of favorite Christmas movies.
#1 - The Family Stone
Something about "The Family Stone" gets me every time. It's possibly because the family is so dysfunctional I can't help but love them. They're the good kind of crazy. Plus, it makes me cry like a baby. Good Christmas movies will do that, man.