ChrisTreborn's ACTORS WHO ORIGINALLY AUDITIONED FOR HERO BUT ENDED UP AS THE VILLAINby ChrisTreborn | created - 14 Mar 2015 | updated - 18 Mar 2015 | Public
List of actors who were up for the role of a hero in a movie or television series, but were ultimately cast as the villain
Actor | The Avengers
Thomas William Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London, to English-born Diana Patricia (Servaes) and Scottish-born James Norman Hiddleston. His mother is a former stage manager, and his father, a scientist, was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. He started off at the preparatory ...
Auditioned for Thor, but ended up playing villain Loki in Marvel's MCU franchise
Actor | Superbad
Christopher Mintz-Plasse was born on June 20, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Christopher Charles Mintz-Plasse. He is an actor, known for Superbad (2007), Kick-Ass (2010) and Kick-Ass 2 (2013).
Auditioned for Kick-Ass, but ended up playing villian Red Mist in Kick-Ass franchise
3. James Franco
Actor | 127 Hours
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California, to Betsy Franco, a writer, artist, and actress, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, who ran a Silicon Valley business. His mother is Jewish and his father was of ...
Auditioned for Spiderman but ended up playing Green Goblin Jr in Sam Raimi's Spiderman Trilogy
Actor | Predator
With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and...
Auditioned for Kyle Reese but ended up playing villian Terminator in James Cameron's The Terminator (1985)
Actor | 28 Days Later...
Striking Irish actor Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, the oldest child of Brendan Murphy, who works for the Irish Department of Education, and a mother who is a teacher of French. He has three younger siblings. Murphy was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Cork. He went on to study law ...
Auditioned for Batman but ended up playing villain Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy
6. Heath Ledger
Actor | Brokeback Mountain
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised ...
Auditioned for Batman but ended up playing villain Joker in Christopher Nolan Batman Trilogy
7. Sam Rockwell
Actor | Moon
Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the only child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents separated, at which ...
Auditioned for Ironman but ended up playing villain Justin Hammer in Marvel's Ironman franchise
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it ...
Auditioned for Gandalf but ended up playing villain Saruman in Peter Jackson Lord Of The Rings franchise
9. Sean Bean
Sean Bean's career since the eighties spans theatre, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a ...
Auditioned for 007 but ended up playing villain 006 in Martin Campbell's Golden Eye (1995)
10. Colin Farrell
Actor | The Lobster
Colin Farrell is one of Ireland's biggest stars in Hollywood and abroad. His film presence has been filled with memorable roles that range from an inwardly tortured hit man, to an adventurous explorer, a determined-but-failing writer, and the greatest military leader in history.
Farrell was born on ...
Auditioned for Daredevil but ended up playing villain Bullseye in Marvel's Daredevil (2003)
11. Sebastian Stan
Actor | Captain America: Civil War
Sebastian Stan was born on August 13, 1982, in Constanta, Romania. He moved with his mother to Vienna, Austria, when he was eight, and then to New York when he was twelve. Stan studied at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts and spent a year at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.
When he went ...
Auditioned for Captain America but ended up playing villain Winter Solider in Marvel's Captain America franchise
12. Lee Pace
Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy
In 2003, Lee Grinner Pace starred in the Sundance hit, Soldier's Girl (2003), an extraordinary telefilm created for Showtime. The film was based on the true story of a transgender nightclub performer in love with a soldier who is brutally murdered for their relationship. His breakthrough ...
Auditioned for Starlord but ended up playing villain Ronan in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
13. Dwayne Johnson
Actor | Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as The Rock, was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California. He is the son of Ata Johnson (born Feagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia) and professional wrestler Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles). His father, from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, is black (of Black ...
Auditioned for John Grimm but ended up playing villain Sarge in Doom (2005)
14. Djimon Hounsou
Actor | Blood Diamond
Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, in west Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He moved to Lyon, France, when he was thirteen. Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model. He has since left his modeling career and has worked on Gladiator (2000) ...
Auditioned for Drax but ended up playing villain Korath in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
15. Rodrigo Santoro
Actor | 300
One of Brazil's most famous actors, Rodrigo Junqueira dos Reis Santoro was born in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Maria José Junqueira dos Reis, an artist, and Francesco Santoro, an engineer. His father is Italian, while his mother, who is Brazilian, has Portuguese ancestry.
Santoro is known...
Auditioned for Astinos but ended up playing villain Xerxes in DC's 300 franchise
16. Julie Benz
Actress | Dexter
Julie Benz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on May 1, 1972. Julie's father is a Pittsburgh surgeon and her mother is a figure ice skater. The family settled in nearby Murrysville, when Julie was two, and she started ice skating at age three. She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in ...
Auditioned for Buffy but ended up playing villain Darla in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Auditioned for Buffy but ended up playing villian Amy Madison in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
18. Mercedes McNab
Actress | Addams Family Values
Mercedes McNab has been acting professionally since she was 10 years old. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, she moved with her parents to Los Angeles at age nine where she had a desire to become an actress and soon landed an agent.
Her first role, at age 10, is probably the one...
Auditioned for Buffy but ended up playing villain Harmony Kendall in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
19. Nancy Allen
Actress | Dressed to Kill
Nancy Anne Allen was the daughter of a police lieutenant from Yonkers, New York. At a young age, she trained for a dancing career at the High School of Performing Arts, and then attended Jose Quintano's School for Young Professionals. In dozens of television commercials from the age of 15, Nancy ...
Auditioned for Carrie but ended up playing villain Chris Hargensen in Brian De Palma's Carrie (1976)
20. Rachel McAdams
Actress | The Notebook
Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 ...
Auditioned for Cady Heron but ended up playing villain Regina George in Mean Girls (2004)
21. Demi Moore
Actress | G.I. Jane
Demi Moore was born 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father Charles Harmon left her mother Virginia King before Demi was born. Her stepfather Danny Guynes didn't add much stability to her life either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times. The parents kept on ...
Auditioned for Dylan Sanders but ended up playing villain Madison Lee in McG's Charlie's Angels franchise