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The Matrix poster re-imagined with Will Smith as the starNot to say it wouldn't be the contemporary classic that it is today, but 'The Matrix' would've taken us down a whole different rabbit hole had Will Smith not passed on the role of Neo, opening the door for Keanu Reeves to don the dark trench coat. Can anyone really imagine The Fresh Prince uttering lines like "Whoa, déjà vu" with the same sense of stunned bewilderment?

After the jump, check out 15 casting fun facts (ie actors originally attached or offered the roles you see below) which we've given some visual representation. Then try and imagine how different the movie world might have been... The Matrix poster re-imagined with Will Smith as the starNot to say it wouldn't be the contemporary classic that it is today, but 'The Matrix' would've taken us down a whole different rabbit hole had Will Smith not passed on the role of Neo, opening the door for Keanu Reeves to don the dark trench coat. Can anyone really imagine The Fresh Prince uttering lines like "Whoa, déjà vu" with the same sense of stunned bewilderment?

Rarely does a project in Hollywood start and finish with the same lead actors attached. Just see this summer's thriller 'Salt,' where the role of Angelina Jolie's wrongly accused spy Evelyn Salt was originally to be played by Tom Cruise.

Check out 15 casting fun facts (ie actors originally attached or offered the roles you see below) which we've given some visual representation. Then try and imagine how different the movie world might have been...

(Photo Illustrations by Dustin Glick)