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The Lost Roles of Brad Pitt: 10 Movies the ‘Inglourious Basterd’ Almost Starred In

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Before Brad Pitt became a total DILF that the Internet loves, the 51-year-old actor was a Hollywood mainstay at an early age. But there were a lot of films that almost got a touch of Pitt.

While he famously appeared in films like Fight Club, Se7en and Interview with the Vampire, he was also offered other famous roles and was auditioning for even more. Whatever the reason, whether it was because he didn’t earn the filmmakers’ blessings or he turned them down for greener pastures, these films just didn’t work out for Pitt. But that hasn’t stopped us from imagining what the following movies would look like with Brad in the lead, complete with original posters by Kristy Puchko.

10. Brian McCaffrey, Backdraft

Along with Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jr., Brad Pitt auditioned for the role of Brian McCaffrey in Backdraft. The part eventually went to William Baldwin because he looked so much like Kurt Russell, who was playing the character’s brother. We’re sure Pitt would’ve filled out that firefighter suit as nicely as Baldwin, though.

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9. Will Freeman, About a Boy

Of all the roles Pitt actually turned down, he gave one of the oddest excuses for About A Boy. He passed on the role of Will Freeman, a character eventually played by Hugh Grant, because he thought it was too implausible that such an attractive man would need to pick up women by pretending to be a single father. We guess if you look like Pitt, the world just throws itself at your feet.

Universal Pictures/Warner Bros./Kristy Puchko

Universal Pictures/Warner Bros./Kristy Puchko


8. Russell Hammond, Almost Famous

Speaking of odd excuses — Can you imagine what Almost Famous would look like if a young Pitt sported a mustache and tried to jump off suburban rooftops while high on drugs? That’s what almost happened. The part of Russell Hammond was originally written for the Inglourious Basterd himself. Pitt even worked with Cameron Crowe for a while before saying, “I just don’t get it enough to do it.” And then he dropped out.

Columbia Pictures/DreamWorks/Kristy Puchko

Columbia Pictures/DreamWorks/Kristy Puchko


7. Patrick Bateman, American Psycho

Better question: who wasn’t offered the lead role in American Psycho before Christian Bale landed the gig? Johnny Depp was the first, and then came Pitt. But after he dropped out, Edward Norton, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ewan McGregor were all consequently offered it and they all turned it down.

Lionsgate/Focus Features/Kristy Puchko

Lionsgate/Focus Features/Kristy Puchko


6. Jason Bourne, The Bourne Identity

If you can remember far back enough — we know, the early ‘00s is a stretch — Pitt was announced in the role of Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity. Due to scheduling conflicts with his other spy movie, Spy Game, he dropped out, paving the way for Matt Damon to swoop in. Spy Game was a great movie, but Pitt could’ve had his own action franchise!

Universal Pictures/ Twentieth Century Fox/Kristy Puchko

Universal Pictures/ Twentieth Century Fox/Kristy Puchko


5. Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Before Johnny Depp added yet another fantastical and heavily costumed role to his resume with the bumbling eccentric Willy Wonka, Warner Bros. considered a number of actors for Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Among them were Michael Keaton, Will Smith, Jim Carrey and — you guessed it — Brad Pitt. It always seemed like Burton was going to enlist Depp, but we would’ve loved to have seen Pitt in this off-the-wall role.

Universal Pictures/ Twentieth Century Fox/Kristy Puchko

Universal Pictures/ Twentieth Century Fox/Kristy Puchko


4. Apollo 13

If given the opportunity, would you have chosen a lead role in Se7en over a lead role in Apollo 13? Both are classics and Pitt had to make the choice. He was offered one of the leading roles in the Tom Hanks film, but turned it down to star opposite Morgan Freeman in one of the greatest crime movies of all time.

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Universal Pictures/ New Line Cinema/Kristy Puchko


3. J.D., Heathers

Back before Brad Pitt was Brad Pitt, he auditioned for a leading role in a little film called Heathers. He didn’t get the part, though, because the producers thought he looked too nice for what the character called for. Apparently, Christian Slater looked like he could kill off his classmates.

New World Pictures/ April Films/Kristy Puchko

New World Pictures/ April Films/Kristy Puchko


2. Kevin Lomax, The Devil’s Advocate

Pitt was originally attached to the film as the sleazy defense attorney, now made famous by Keanu Reeves. This was back when Joel Schumacher of Batman Forever and The Lost Boys was at the helm. When Taylor Hackford replaced him, Pitt was out and Reeves was in. Much like the Heathers producers thought, Pitt was probably too nice for the job anyway.

Warner Bros/ Paramount Pictures/Kristy Puchko

Warner Bros/ Paramount Pictures/Kristy Puchko


1. The Departed

Remember when Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were a thing? Talk about a #Throwback! Aside from the romance, they started the Plan B production company together, which had the rights to the movie Internal Affairs. Pitt envisioned the movie as a remake with him and his buddy Tom Cruise in the leading roles. However, the final result was The Departed with Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon.

Warner Bros/ Paramount Pictures/Columbia Pictures/Kristy Puchko

Warner Bros/ Paramount Pictures/Columbia Pictures/Kristy Puchko


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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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