Updated: Apr 13, 2017 5:54 pm
When you're watching a television show or movie, you often get so caught up in the characters and the story they're telling that you often don't think about how things could've been so different. What if someone else was cast as the role of your fave character? What if the storyline was totally different? These things can totally happen and we've uncovered the best kept secrets about tons of your fave characters you didn't know about, until now.
From actors almost being replaced (a beloved Twilight star was almost gone in the second movie!), to the real reasons why certain actors were recast, something that is truly hard for fans to accept, we've dug up some actual secrets that will have you shook. But the more you know, the better off you'll be right? Or so we like to think. Get ready for your mind to be blown.
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Cole Sprouse's Riverdale character Jughead has been portrayed as aromantic and asexual in the past.
The CW show, Riverdale is based on the Archie comics and in different versions of these comic books, Jughead's sexuality hasn't been what it's like on the series. In this version, he and Betty are the couple every fan is totally obsessed with, but Cole said this could change, since he feels all incarnations of Jughead should come to life on the series.
"Aromantic Jughead and asexual Jughead are two different kinds of representation that deserve separate attention and discussion, as the two orientations are different and don't deserve to be grouped," Cole said. "Jughead is 16 going on 17 (as of episode 10). Sexuality is fluid. And where his sexuality is headed has, already, been heavily discussed. How closely Jughead is going to resemble either Chip Zdarsky's universe or the digest remains to be seen. As an actor, I can only lend myself so much. Riverdale is a new universe, and we first need to think of Jughead as a human agent within his environment, his decisions about his sexuality are going to be informed by his upbringing and his immediate and long-term desires. Betty and Jughead's coupling are a great example of such an informed decision."
There were no Rooney twins when Dove Cameron was first cast in Liv and Maddie.
Dove effortlessly brought the both the roles of Liv AND Maddie to life on the Disney Channel series but originally, she was supposed to play a totally different character, since the twins weren't even an idea at the time she was cast.
"It didn't start out with me playing twins! So when I came on set, I didn't think I was going to be able to do it. I was a nervous wreck, because I didn't audition to play the twins. I only auditioned to play one person, it was a completely different show in the beginning," Dove explained to Young Hollywood. "I played one girl named Alanna who is neither Liv nor Maddie, and she didn't have a twin – there was no twins. We went away for testing after we filmed the pilot and everybody got to say [what they wanted more of.] So the day I found out we got picked up, they were like, also it's about twins, and you're the twins!"
Taylor Lautner almost wasn't Jacob Black in the rest of the The Twilight Saga movies.
It's hard to imagine anyone but Taylor as the werewolf who had a major crush on his BFF Bella Swan, but after the first movie, it was unclear whether Tay would be asked to play Jacob again. This was because there was a new director on board and as the books explained, Jacob was supposed to grow up literally over night, since his new werewolf traits resulted in this transformation. Another actor, Michael Copon, was even campaigning to snag the role.
"I've heard a few things," Taylor said about rumblings that Michael was trying to get the part. "I don't really know too much to comment on it. As far as I know, I haven't been told 'no' yet, so it's still all up in the air."
Taylor went on to gain 20 pounds of muscle to bring this new version of Jacob to life and fans had already come to know him as Jacob, so the director and producers knew they couldn't change their minds at that point.
Farkle wasn't originally Minkus' son on Girl Meets World.
GMW was the spinoff series to Boy Meets World, and it focused on beloved characters Cory and Topanga's daughter Riley. Once of her best friends happens to be Farkle Minkus, the son of Stuart Minus, Cory and Topanga's former classmate. But in the early days of GMW, Corey Fogelmanis (Farkle himself) admitted that this wasn't always the case for his character.
"I think we’ve made it pretty clear that Farkle is his own person. They both have very unforgettable quirks in their personalities and they’re both very empathetic towards others, but it was never a matter of recreating Minkus in Farkle. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know Farkle was a Minkus until about halfway through season one," Corey confessed.
Miley Cyrus' role in The Last Song was created just for her.
If you thought Miley was the perfect choice for Ronnie in the Nicholas Sparks movie, then you're totally right, since the legendary author wrote the part for her.
"I received a phone call from Jennifer Gipgot, a producer associated with Disney. She said that Miley Cyrus loved A Walk to Remember, that she wanted to do something in the same vein, and then asked whether I happened to have a story lying around," Nicholas explained. "I didn’t commit to the story at that time – my idea for the story hadn’t proceeded far enough by that point – but I began focusing more intently on it, and a couple of weeks later, I had most of the general outline of the story. One element still eluded me – what was it specifically that draws the characters together? – but I spoke to Jason Reed at Disney who reiterated that they were interested in the idea of me writing the screenplay (as well as, obviously, the novel)."
And the rest is history! Nicholas wrote the screenplay for the movie, and then the novel came afterward, which he had never done before. It was also Miley who chose the name of her character: Veronica a.k.a "Ronnie" for short.
Jessica Marie Garcia's character in Liv and Maddie was completely changed.
Originally, Willow was supposed to be named Princess and who knows if she was even Maddie's best friend, since when the series first started out, Liv and Maddie weren't even the characters Dove was set to play either.
"My character’s name was Princess originally. It was not Willow. And when I got the script when I found out I got the role they sent me script over I read it and I was like 'Umm, I’m not in that, there’s no Princess! And some girl named Willow has my part!'" she said. "And they were like 'Oh, right, we forgot, we changed your name.'"
How crazy is that?!