Actors who played almost different TV roles

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Pedro Pascal as the originals vamp Marcel Gerard?! Chris Pine as the OCis the so-called bad boy Ryan Atwood?! And Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Lucas’ Uncle Keith on One Tree Hill Those are just some of the alternate casting scenarios that could have been had the TV stars aligned a little differently.

Below, TVLine has collected over 30 stories about actors and actresses who auditioned for characters on popular shows like True Blood, Gilmore Girls and Friday night lights. Some came so very close to take the part, but ultimately lost to the competition. Others didn’t get the performance they originally tried for, but still appeared on the show as a different character. That was the case for smallville‘s Jensen Ackles, Arrow‘s Anna Hopkins and the affair‘s Colin Donnell, just to name a few. Then there are those famous for turning down roles Grey’s Anatomy and the good woman

As you browse the following list, you will also discover which Lost actress almost scrubbed for Grey’sand which How I met your mother star almost got Lost† Meanwhile, the names are in conflict for The diary of vampiresElena Gilbert may surprise you, as will the other contenders who were in the mix to wear Ryan Atwood’s white tank/black leather jacket combo. (Chris Pine wasn’t the only one trying to score a spot in the OC pool house!)

Remark: Of course we didn’t record each case of an actor missing a certain role, but just a selection that seemed particularly fun or curious to us.)

Scroll through the stories below and hit the comments to let us know which of the near-casts intrigue you the most!


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