MTV’s Next Movie has a piece featuring people who auditioned for Twilight and didn’t get the part they auditioned for. Some of them are more urban legend and myth (like Vanessa Hudgens) than reality, but it’s a fun mix.
“The “What If” game is an entertaining way to burn a few hours. What if you went to Vassar instead of Arizona State University? What if you never went to happy hour that night? What if the Portland Trailblazers had drafted Michael Jordan?
Cinema is one of the best, and most maddening, places to play the “What If” game. Only a few truly great roles float around Hollywood each year. A-list actors jockey against one another for these parts, and the up-and-comers battle it out in auditions. What if Denzel Washington had accepted the lead role in “Ray”? What if Francis Ford Coppola had cast Frank Sinatra as Vito Corleone in “The Godfather”? What if Ashton Kutcher had played Bruce Wayne in “Batman Begins”? The questions go on and on.
Auditions for “The Twilight Saga” drew every young actor with a half-decent agent. For this reason, there are plenty of “What If” scenarios with actors who have made names for themselves in other projects.”
Shiloh Fernandez Auditioned for: Edward Cullen
Background: According to “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke, “I brought the four guys that I thought were the best and she [Kristen Stewart] had to make out with them or do four different scenes with them and at the end of those two days she said, ‘It’s gotta be Rob.’” Fernandez was one of those forgotten other three.
What If: Getting the role of Edward instead of Hardwicke’s consolation prize to him (Peter in “Red Riding Hood”) would have been astronomically better for Fernandez’s career. However, he doesn’t hold any grudges. When asked, “‘Twilight’ or “Harry Potter’”? He answered, “I have to support my director and say ‘Twilight.’” Although that was before he saw the box office of “Red Riding Hood.”
Check out the list on MTV