Tom Cruise Nearly Landed $168M Bruce Willis Movie For A Role That Was Also Sought By Brad Pitt

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Anyone who chooses Tom Cruise as the face of their efforts in the film industry cannot go wrong, regardless of whether they are aimed toward award-winning filmmaking or producing a commercial smash in the industry. The main cause of the star’s esteem in Hollywood is his ability to live up to the expectations and promises put in him. The star’s aforementioned qualities are what make him so highly sought after by numerous producers and directors in the business. However, the star’s persistent demand does not guarantee that he will ultimately want or obtain those parts. In fact, he was almost cast in a well-known sci-fi movie but was ultimately passed up for the part.

Tom Cruise Lost A Significant Role In 12 Monkeys

It takes a toll on a performer to be a part of some of the most well-known movie franchises and films in the world, such as the Mission: Impossible series, along with movies from practically every genre, but when you’re Tom Cruise, there aren’t many things that can or will stop you from going above and beyond.

Popular for picking roles that present fresh and interesting challenges, the actor may have experienced the excitement if he had been a part of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 science fiction masterpiece, 12 Monkeys. Unfortunately, the part for which he was being suggested didn’t appear to fit the director’s concept.

In a past interview with Inverse, the director along with members of the crew were talking about the entire journey of bringing the classic film to life. Here, Gilliam also talked about the casting process that went into the film and how Bruce Willis was selected to play the role of the lead protagonist. They talked about how when the film was in the pre-production stage, people were recommending names to Gilliam left and right, which involved individuals like the Top Gun star as well as Nicolas Cage, but the director didn’t feel they were right for him. He said:

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“The pressure was to get a movie star in. That was at a time when I was still a hot director, so people wanted to come near me and touch me. So they were coming up with all these names. And I just kept saying no. Tom Cruise, Nic Cage, they were all being thrown at me.”

Therefore, along with Willis, the second lead for the film was offered to none other than Brad Pitt, who played the role of the mentally ill Jeffery Goines, a long departure from his pretty boy image.

What Was 12 Monkeys About?

James Cole, a prisoner, volunteers for a mission to go back in time in the movie 12 Monkeys, which is regarded as one of the best examples of the time travel sci-fi genre in movie history. Cole wants to save the world from experiencing the near extinction of the human race in 2030 as a result of a viral breakthrough that occurred in the past.

But when he arrives in the 1990s, he’s instantly captured by the authorities and put in a mental asylum for claiming to be from the future. There, he meets Jeffery Goines, who takes an interest in Cole. Slowly, as he spends more time with him, Cole begins to suspect that Goines might be the key to stopping the mass extinction of the future.

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