While Johnny Depp’s performance as Edward Scissorhands is widely recognized, the casting process was far from straightforward. Several other notable actors were considered for the role in Tim Burton’s 1990 film. Here’s a look at the five actors who were almost cast as Edward Scissorhands.
5. Gary Oldman
At the early stage of his career during the making of Edward Scissorhands, Gary Oldman was a strong contender for the role. Actually, Oldman nearly landed the part. However, he declined the opportunity because he did not understand the film. Despite this, 1990 was a busy year for him, featuring in movies like ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead‘ and ‘State of Grace.‘
4. Robert Downey Jr.
Before becoming a household name in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey Jr. was on the rise in the late ’80s. His career included notable films, but he missed out on playing Edward Scissorhands. The role clashed with his commitment to ‘Air America,’ a decision that led him on a different path but one that contributed significantly to his career trajectory.
3. Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey was also considered for the role. At the time, Carrey was known for ‘Earth Girls Are Easy’ and ‘Copper Mountain,’ yet he was still a few years shy of the fame that movies like ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and ‘The Mask’ would bring. Carrey’s interpretation of the character would have been unique, but ultimately, it was Depp who was chosen for the role.
2. Tom Cruise
In the late ’80s, Tom Cruise was already a famous name in Hollywood. His popularity made him a top choice for Edward Scissorhands. However, Burton was looking for a less established actor for the role. Besides, Cruise was involved in ‘Days of Thunder,’ which was released the same year. This meant he was unavailable for Edward Scissorhands.
1. Michael Jackson
Pop icon Michael Jackson expressed a strong interest in portraying Edward Scissorhands. He even reached out to Tim Burton. Despite Jackson’s immense popularity and star power, Burton decided against casting him, favoring Depp for his acting skills.