Jason Alexander, D.B.Woodside & More Stars Share Roles They Almost Got

Several stars are sharing the acting roles they were extremely close to getting and the hilarious reasons they didn’t work out. It started after The Handmaid’s Tale actress, Ever Carradine, took to Twitter to ask her fellow actors to share a TV show or movie they almost landed that no one would ever believe.

“Actors: What is a show or movie you came extremely close to getting that no one would ever believe? I’ll go first: I tested for Grace on Will and Grace three or four times,” Carradine tweeted.

Actors: What is a show or movie you came extemely close to getting that no one would ever believe? I’ll go first: I tested for Grace on Will and Grace three or four times.

The anecdotes started rolling in, with actors sharing some major casting what-ifs, like Jason Alexander almost playing the role of Lieutenant Sam Weinberg in A Few Good Men.

“I was cast in the film of A Few Good Men and had to give it up due to schedule conflict with Seinfeld. @kevinpollak was my replacement and I have never forgiven him for being better than I would have been. Now he’s a pal and I’m waiting for him to quit a job for me. Waiting…..,” Alexander jokingly replied.

I was cast in the film of A Few Good Men and had to give it up due to schedule conflict with Seinfeld. @kevinpollak was my replacement and I have never forgiven him for being better than I would have been. Now he’s a pal and I’m waiting for him to quit a job for me. Waiting….. https://t.co/kH23IN66S5

Lucifer‘s D.B. Woodside revealed that he was almost Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy! The role of McDreamy was down to Patrick Dempsey and Woodside. But that’s not the only shocker. Woodside blew our minds again when he shared that he was also almost Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds

“Dr. Derek Shepard on Grey’s Anatomy. It was between Patrick and I. Really thought I had it. Broke my heart to lose that one. But he was AMAZING,” he wrote. “And Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds. I got it. Passed on it. Twice. To do a pilot that never went anywhere. Man facepalming Shemar was also AMAZING.”

Dr. Derek Shepard on Greys Anatomy. It was between Patrick and I. Really thought I had it. Broke my heart to lose that one. But he was AMAZING.

And Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds. I got it. Passed on it. Twice. To do a pilot that never went anywhere. 🤦🏾‍♂️ Shemar was also AMAZING. https://t.co/qc0CFKnrXt

Mom actress Kristen Johnston shared that she passed on two shows that turned out to be major hits after her time on 3rd Rock From the Sun. Johnston didn’t reveal which shows but said in the end, the right people got the roles.

“After 3rd Rock, I was offered & passed on 2 shows that turned out to be brilliant, massive hits that ran for years, but I don’t want to say which ones out of respect to the phenomenal actresses who were eventually cast. In the end, the right people got the roles,” she shared.

After 3rd Rock, I was offered & passed on 2 shows that turned out to be brilliant, massive hits that ran for years, but I don’t want to say which ones out of respect to the phenomenal actresses who were eventually cast.
In the end, the right people got the roles.

For more crazy casting what-ifs, check out the tweets below.

I auditioned for Peter Shaffer to replace Tim Curry in the role of Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway; then tested twice for Milos Forman for his film version. A role I was clearly never meant to play!

So many close calls. But the one that will always hurt the most is Don Draper.

After three callbacks, I came down to director’s read for the part of David Addison on #Moonlighting, which went to #BruceWillis, as it absolutely should have.

I was on hold to play a lead in Michael Bay’s “Friday the 13th” for 6 months. Then released, without explanation.

Pearl Harbor. It was down to Kate Beckinsale, Amanda Peet and me testing with Ben Affleck. Kate was great and actually perfect for that role.

Oh, just this guy. pic.twitter.com/qw9f5diui3

Scream 3. I went back and back and back. I was told it was mine if Parker Posey said no. Friends, she didn't. Good thing, too: she was hysterical.

I will say that my mom tried to get me auditions a few times and was once asked to be one of the kids of a summer replacement game show called Child’s Play in the 1980’s.

I turned it down because I had a sand box commitment. pic.twitter.com/uS6YTIs61Z

The Mexican" with Brad Pitt. I got to audition with him in the final call back. Definitely a cool actor moment along the way, even if you don't get it and it's between you and somebody else.

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