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Scarlett Johansson Nearly Starred With Robert Downey Jr. in $723M Oscar Nominated Movie That Went to Sandra Bullock

Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. flawlessly played the roles of Black Widow, and Iron Man in the MCU. The actors had fantastic chemistry and they had a dynamic and lively interaction, which made them entertaining to watch. Moreover, their witty and sarcastic comments gave some enjoyable moments in the film, and fans can not imagine different actors playing their iconic roles.

Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.
Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.

Casting choices tend to get quite subjective, as the filmmakers and producers have different opinions than what their viewers might have. One of these instances is about the $723 million Academy Award nominee film, where fans have watched Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity. However, it was once claimed that Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. were very close to signing for the movie. 

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Scarlett Johansson Failed To Bag a Role in Gravity

Before the shooting for Gravity began, the film had to go through a number of road bumps because the casting for the film underwent a lot of changes. Angelina Jolie was interested in the movie, but she dropped out and the filmmakers tested actresses such as Marion Cotillard and Scarlett Johansson.

Scarlett Johansson

However, only Scarlett Johansson was shortlisted to play the role of Ryan Stone, the stranded astronaut in the film. Later, the name of Blake Lively started to pop up for the role becoming a competitor of the Black Widow actress.

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Nevertheless, it was unsure how long the audition process went but none of the two actresses were able to bag the role as The Blind Side actress was selected to portray the stranded astronaut in space. Sandra Bullock’s performance was magnificent in the film but fans often question how the Don Jon actress would have portrayed the role of Ryan Stone in Gravity.

Robert Downey Jr. Was Not a Fan of Gravity’s CGI

After Robert Downey Jr’s success in the MCU, the actor is in high demand as every filmmaker wanted to work with him and Alfonso Cuarón was also one of those filmmakers. However, in the film, fans saw George Clooney instead of the Iron Man actor. While the actor prefers to work in successful films, he missed out on adding another film as he could not bear the working conditions of the film.

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Robert Downey Jr.

The Sherlock Holmes actor was present on The Howard Stern Show where he stated that the 2013 film was extremely tech-heavy and he could not handle working in such annoying conditions.

“I went to do a test with a new sort of multi-spherical camera thing they were [using] for how they were going to do all the CGI. And I’m one of those guys who can be comfortably uncomfortable pretty easily, and maybe I was just on my cycle or something, but I went in the morning to do that, and we did it for about twenty minutes, and I said, ‘This is crazy. How much longer?’ And they said, ‘It’s like another two to four hours,’ and I said, ‘No, it isn’t!’”

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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity

Even though the actor is widely renowned for his role as Tony Stark/ Iron Man in the MCU where he wears the superhero suit and relies heavily on CGI. It turns out that the CGI for Gravity was too much for the actor as it was too troublesome than they were worth, which would have affected his performance. However, whatever happens, happens for good as George Clooney gave an outstanding performance in the film which made it Oscar-worthy.

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