Matt LeBlanc as Phil Dunphy
Imagine our favorite TV start from FRIENDS Matt LeBlanc playing a ‘cool dad’ Phil in the hit comedy show Modern Family. It would have been something if that would have happened. As Matt LeBlanc recently revealed that he turned down the chance to play the iconic cool dad character Phil Dunphy.
LeBlanc Said “I remember reading it thinking, ‘This is a really good script, (but) I’m not the guy for this. I’d be doing the project an injustice to take this. I know what I can do, I know what I can’t do’.”
LeBlanc isn’t the only actor to have ditched roles which became famous later on, when passed on to other actors. Here are the rest of 4 actors who passed on roles that would become iconic in TV history.
Matthew Broderick, Breaking Bad
Forget about Joey as Phil, but can you imagine Ferris Bueller Playing as Mr. White from Breaking Bad? Matthew Broderick, who has been known for his famous classic role in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day off was apparently one of the first choices to the iconic TV role of Mr. White on the hit show Breaking Bad.
Pamela Anderson, The X-Files
Pamela Anderson, the former Playboy model has won hearts of many by her role as lifeguard in Baywatch, a role she played from 1992 to 1997.
But if it was up to the universe she could have been the famous Agent Dana Scully in the 90s suspense phenomenon The X-Files.
We all know that the role eventually went on to Gillian Anderson, and she did a great job the role playing opposite David Duchovny, however, Gillian revealed that Pamela was the producers’ first choice.
“They were looking for someone bustier, taller, leggier than me,” she said. “Pamela was somebody who was more familiar to them in terms of what was on TV at the time.”
Katie Holmes, Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Katie Holmes was offered the chance to play the iconic role of Buffy Summers in the hit TV show. However, in order to finish high school, Holmes refused to play the role and later on Michelle Gellar took the part the rest is history as The show is still being talked about, obsessed over, and analysed 20 years later.
Michael Keaton, Lost
Our favorite Batman from the 90s was a superstar at that time, however, like many things the fame turned away.
It could have been something for Keaton, when JJ Abrams approached Keaton about playing the lead role in a new TV project, Los
Keaton was given the role of Dr. Jack Shepherd, the character was originally due to die in the first episode of the series. However, later on Jack became the lead character, Keaton backed out, and the part went to Matthew Fox.
Keaton has said about the decision “I wouldn’t do it if the guy was going to be in the show every week, An hour show every week… I’ve got stuff to do, I’ve got a life to lead. When would I fish?”
Luckily, it didn’t stopped their for Keaton and since then have secured a lot of juicer job, like the Oscar-winning hits Birdman and Spotlight, as well as his scene-stealing role as the villainous Vulture in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.