Did you know that Jackie Gleason was originally considered for the role of Archie Bunker in All in the Family? It is rumored that Ronald Reagan was in the running for Rick Blaine in Casablanca. Tom Selleck was almost Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Well, in another of the great “what ifs” of movie history, news leaked today in that His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, Vicar of Christ, Servant of the Servants of God, Supreme Pontiff and Patriarch of the West, narrowly lost out to Johnny Depp for the lead in The Tourist. This papal disappointment was supposed to be kept hush-hush, but an early on-the-set photo leaked out. I put it at the top of this post.
I dunno, the movie would probably have been better without the change. God bless the Holy Father– and Venice, too, for that matter.