Plus when you're as versatile as Mr. Carrey, it's possible to pitch yourself for almost any role. So with the many "yeses" in his career, Carrey certainly has had his share of "nos."
Howard Hughes, the eccentric billionaire, might have been a fun role for Carrey, but the studios opted for the stylings of DiCaprio. (Hey DiCaprio, quit hogging all the parts!)
But at least here we get some redemption for Depp. Turns out that Mr. Carrey also auditioned for the part of "Willy Wonka" in the remake of the children's classic. So this time it's Depp's turn to say "naa na na, boo boo."
Our next spurned actor wants to know, do you feel lucky?
No. 2: Clint Eastwood as John Rambo in "First Blood"
Today this one seems a bit awkward, does it not? Clint Eastwood, the octogenarian director as Rambo?!
But, hey, let's get out of the present for a second. Remember that once upon a time he was a shirtless tough guy who hung with the best of 'em -- a tough cop, a legendary gunman; heck, he even had himself a pet orangutan in one flick! Seems fitting that he'd get his chance at war, right?
Well, Sylvester Stallone got Rambo, further defining his status in film. Just imagine -- all those Rambo references would have been forever altered with Eastwood behind the machine gun.
And then who knows if we would have been treated to another "Rambo" movie in this millennium? Probably not. Remember, Eastwood is now an octogenarian.
Last up, this next alternate casting would have resulted in one silly superhero, or two ...
No. 1: Ashton Kutcher as Batman or Superman
Can you see Ashton Kutcher kickin' butt and saving the day?
Yeah, neither could the casting directors for the superhero reboots "Batman Begins" and "Superman Returns." We've certainly seen funny men do drama before. But action? Seems kind of a stretch, so that's what makes these "what ifs" all the more fun.
For Superman, they ended up going with a lesser known, but more masculine, Brandon Routh. Indeed, thinking about Kutcher's fun-loving grin in the Superman get-up may have had many fans wondering if it was Halloween.
Casting him for Batman, though, would have been no laughing matter. The way the last two Batman films have succeeded, it would have been a shame to miscast this title role.
And as dark as the these films have been, it's no doubt that Kutcher's Batman would have looked more like Peter Pan at a Goth rock concert.