OT actors in movies that could never be played by anyone else

TheBeachBoy

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Harrison Ford -- Indiana Jones
Funny thing about Indiana Jones is the studio wanted Tom Selleck but he was too busy with Magnum PI. Here's a deepfake someone made to give us an idea, although who knows exactly how he would have approached the role and no matter the technology, those are still Harrison Ford's expressions and mannerisms.

My list would include:

James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader. The original actor had a formal British accent that just wasn't as menacing.

The original Ghostbusters cast. Bill Murray was a replacement for John Belushi who died before filming, but I don't think the movie would have been as much of a classic with John. He was great in Blues Brothers and Animal House, but Ghostbusters had a different kind of humor that Bill is/was great at. And of course, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd were amazing as well.

Someone mentioned Mel Brooks, so I thought of Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles.

Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Peter Sellers in just about anything he did

Jack Nicholson in The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, among others
 

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Burt Lancaster - Jim Thorpe - All American / 7 days in May

Kirk Douglas - Spartacus

Charlton Heston - The 10 Commandments / Ben Hur

Gary Busey - Buddy Holly story

Cissy Spacek - Coal Miner's Daughter

John Travolta - Saturday Night Fever

James Cagney - Angels With Dirty Faces / Yankee Doodle Dandy

Judy Garland - Wizard of Oz

Mickey Rooney - almost every "kid" movie he did (note the one where he plays band leader and drummer....darn good)

Jimmy Stewart - It's a Wonderful Life / Rear Window

Meryl Streep - Almost anything she did (The Devil Wears Prada)

Jane Fonda - Barbarella (LOL).......hey it's a classic of sorts.

---------seems like most good actors own great roles in great movies forever...... DeNiro, Jodie Foster,

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The leads in Caddyshack -- Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield and Ted Knight...who was just incredible.
Glad you singled out Ted Knight.
He was incredible.
 

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Lethal Weapon..both Mel Gibson and Danny glover......great movies, all 4 of them.
Respectfully, I suggest checking out at least the (3:36) part of this clip.
I just learned about it a few days ago.

 
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Burt Lancaster - Jim Thorpe - All American / 7 days in May

Kirk Douglas - Spartacus

Charlton Heston - The 10 Commandments / Ben Hur

Gary Busey - Buddy Holly story

Cissy Spacek - Coal Miner's Daughter

John Travolta - Saturday Night Fever

James Cagney - Angels With Dirty Faces / Yankee Doodle Dandy

Judy Garland - Wizard of Oz

Mickey Rooney - almost every "kid" movie he did (note the one where he plays band leader and drummer....darn good)

Jimmy Stewart - It's a Wonderful Life / Rear Window

Meryl Streep - Almost anything she did (The Devil Wears Prada)

Jane Fonda - Barbarella (LOL).......hey it's a classic of sorts.

---------seems like most good actors own great roles in great movies forever...... DeNiro, Jodie Foster,

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I'd like to add Jimmy Stewart in the glen Miller story.
 

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Peter Sellers -- The Party
Dustin Hoffman -- Rain Man
Rami Malek -- Bohemian Rhapsody
 


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