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Robert De Niro Was Originally Cast In ‘Big’ Before Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins Confirms

Elizabeth Perkins disclosed a surprising Robert De Niro fact over the course of an appearance on Wednesday’s “Watch What Happens Live!”.
Perkins, who played Susan alongside Tom Hanks’ Josh in the beloved 1988 film “Big”, told Andy Cohen that Hanks’ part was originally due to be played by De Niro.
She described how she’d actually auditioned with De Niro before Hanks.
Perkins shared, “It fell apart because he had a scheduling conflict, and then they went to Tom Hanks. It’s like a totally distinct film in my brain with Robert De Niro.”
“He was more moody. It was more of a — a little more of a horror film. Robert De Niro wandering around the streets of New York,” Perkins said of De Niro. “What Tom Hanks brought to it was so much lighter.”

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