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Tom Hanks’ Role In Big Was Originally Going To Be Robert De Niro

By Fannie Zielinski / Published on Sunday, 11 Apr 2021 21:54 PM / 14 Comments / 67 views

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Viewer Question: Nigel Montgomery – Hey John. You’ve mentioned a few big roles in movies that were originally offered to other actors like Will Smith in Matrix and Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones and a few others. Since your wife is such a big fan of Big, I was wondering if you saw that Tom Hanks’ co-star Elizabeth Perkins just revealed that Tom Hanks wasn’t the original Josh. It was supposed to be Robert De Niro! How differently do you think Big would have turned out if De Niro had done the role?

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14 thoughts on “Tom Hanks’ Role In Big Was Originally Going To Be Robert De Niro”

  1. Hey, John Campea. Also Lindsay Lohan was offered the role Penny in Inspector Gadgets, but she turned it down. It is because she was busy debut Disney film The Parent's Trap and she also lost a role of Scarlett Witch/Wanda went Elizabeth Olsen.

  2. Will Smith as Neo might have been pretty cool…that being said, I can't see ANYBODY else in "Big" but Tom Hanks! Especially Bob!

  3. I heard Harrison Ford was under consideration with Steven Spielberg directing. Spielberg's sister, Anne, was a co-writer and Spielberg wanted her to have her moment in the spotlight and so dropped out.

  4. Tom Hanks has the ability of making impossible for us to imagine somebody else in his roles. I can smell a new deepfake video on YouTube

  5. I don’t see it at all, I think Robert De Niro is a fantastic actor but his acting strengths lie in more sophisticated adult dramas, so the idea of him doing a cute, lighthearted family comedy sounds like a total casting misfire, it’d be like casting Anthony Hopkins as the voice of Olaf in Frozen

  6. This is a mad story thanks erin for the little insight into how it was going to happen Tom Hanks owns the role of adult josh in Big Robert De Niro I think would be such a weird choice depending on how the movie would have been made with him in it of course but no I can't really see anyone else other than Hanks in the that role

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