It's hard to imagine Ryan Gosling being Ryan Gosling without "Drive." The 2011 film became the quintessential example of Gosling's particular brand of performance: laconic, whimsical, child-like and cool. Gosling's so Gosling-y in "Drive" that it's almost impossible to picture other actor playing the film's lead role. Crazy enough, though, that almost happened: Before Gosling made "Drive," Hugh Jackman was attached to the project.
Gosling, of course, isn't the only actor with a near-miss like that on his resume. Ahead, 16 other iconic roles that were almost played by different actors.