Once upon a time there was a film that changed the panorama of the English film industry forever with its terrific star cast, but “Now and Then” seemed to have missed the spoiler’s role when it was revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio was chosen at first and was then replaced by Brendan Frasar.
Going back to twenty years when Marlene King, showrunner of “Pretty Little Liars” came up with the movie, and as a matter of fact highlighted Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffman and Ashleigh Aston Moore, Leonardo could have also been in the list. “The one role that originally was different was Leonardo DiCaprio was going to play the Vietnam vet, but something happened and he had a conflict,” said Marlene in an interview with ET Online.
The role that was meant for Leo was outlined by “The Mummy” fame Frasar. There is no doubt in the fact that the entire dialogue delivery and bringing out the character’s essence has been carried out well by the actor, but Leo’s fan following have always wanted him to be fitted into Marlene’s best work. The director has been more than satisfied by her choice of the film’s cast and in her very own pride she proclaims well about their acting part. “Devon and Christina’s kiss is still one of my favorite scenes, and that was like a real memory”, states King.
It is a heart breaking reality that King found the replacement for the role; however Leo’s existence could have made it a film with an evergreen cast. It has been twenty years since then as well as the correct time for watching the film again and resurrect all those memories that leave us nostalgic about the characters. Leonardo’s absence will surely be a setback forever for his admirers apart from the opulent success story of the movie.
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