Rikki Lee Travolta: Thor
This actor may be a little less known than the majority of names on this list, but he’s a talented guy, nonetheless. Rikki Lee is the nephew of Hollywood icon John Travolta, which gave him a leg up in the industry. He’s been in a few films, including ‘Crime Fiction’, but for the most part, he acts on stage (like in ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat’) and writes plays, himself. Rikki does have formal training, a hard bod just like the director wanted in ‘Thor’ – which is why he was on the list of actors up for the role.
But no matter how good of an actor he and the others in the running were, none of that mattered once Chris Hemsworth auditioned. As soon as he showed up on the scene and displayed his comedic badassery, the contest was over.
Eliza Dushku as Black Widow
Eliza Dushku is pretty much known for playing the part of the gorgeous femme fatale. She had her breakout role as Faith, the bad girl on ‘Buffy: The Vampire Slayer’, and years later went on to play super spy Echo in Joss Whedon’s ‘Dollhouse’ – a role that she even learned some Russian for. But that didn’t make much of a difference to studio execs in charge of casting for the role of the Black Widow in Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 2’.
When Dushku heard the role was available, she took to the Howard Stern Radio Show to throw her hat in the ring. She told the audience that she was perfect for the role and that they just needed to “get into it.” She’s not wrong – Eliza would’ve made a great Black Widow.