The roles that got away

The 1990 mobster flick wouldn’t have been the same without Ray Liotta in the lead as Henry Hill. But if producer Irwin Winkler got his way, Tom Cruise would have starred instead. 

“Tom Cruise was discussed. Marty [Scorsese, the director] wanted Ray [Liotta],” he explains.  “Frankly I thought we could do a lot better.”

That was until Ray won him over. “My wife [and I] were having dinner one night in a restaurant and lo and behold, Ray Liotta came over to me. He said, ‘Look, I know you don’t really want me for it, but…’ And he sold me on the role right that evening.”

Let’s check out some other flicks that almost starred someone else.

(AP/Warner Home Video)

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