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Stars Who Turned Down Major Film and TV Roles

Gwyneth Paltrow in Titanic? Brad Pitt in Almost Famous? Some of the most iconic roles in film and TV could have looked very separate had they gone to the original casting choices.
Before Billy Crudup brought Stillwater singer Russell Hammond to life in the 2000 music drama, director Cameron Crowe had his eye on Pitt, who was “just starting out” in his now-legendary career. “He just really had something,” Crowe gushed over the course of the premiere episode of the “Origins: Almost Famous Turns Twenty” podcast in July 2020.
Casting director Gail Levin agreed, noting that the Ad Astra star was clearly the team’s “ ……

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