Hollywood Top 5 Famous Actors Who Almost Played Spider-Man
1. Tom Cruise
Back in the mid-80s Tom Cruise was just coming into his role as one of Hollywood’s leading men, and that’s just when Cannon Films was looking for their Spider-Man upon buying the rights from Marvel. Cannon went so far as to scout locations, commission storyboards and hire a director — Tobe Hooper of Texas Chainsaw Massacre fame. Imagine Cruise and Hooper doing a Spider-Man. Now try to get that out of your head.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio
Following the enormous success of James Cameron’s Titanic, Sony Pictures wanted to capitalize on the actor’s fame, so they approached him for the part. DiCaprio had previously worked with Raimi on The Quick and the Dead, a Western film that was also a product of Sony Pictures, which could have boosted the studio’s interest in the actor. Despite that, DiCaprio never got too close to getting the part. He never screen-tested for the role because he felt that he wasn’t ready to put on a superhero suit at the time.
3. Jake Gyllenhaal
There has been a joke that has been going around for a long time about how much Tobey Maguire and Jake look alike. They even starred in a movie together playing brothers, which was actually called Brothers. But surprisingly enough, Gyllenhaal almost played Spider-Man as well when Tobey Maguire got injured while filming the movie.
4. James Franco
James Franco played Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s films, but he originally auditioned for, and came close to getting, the title role (Spider-Man).
5. Logan Lerman
After carrying the big budget Percy Walker movie, for awhile, Logan was considered to have a virtual lock on the role of Spider-man in the reboot. It must suck to not get a role after you're considered to be the frontrunner. But even better than playing Spider-Man has to be acting oppsite Emma Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Who'd blame him? I'd give up the role for Emma Watson anytime. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!