- Cole Hauser, Dazed and Confused, 1993. Replaced by writer-director Richard Linklater because Vince looked too much like co-star Ben Affleck. (Not anymore). The film remains a rarity as “man” is said more often than “fuck” - 203 to 59 times.
- Matthew Perry, Friends, TV, 1994-2004. Among thoseshort-listed for Chandler Bing was a future lover ofthe series’ breakout star, Jennifer Anniston (August 2005-November 2006),
- Matt Dillon, There’s Something About Mary, 1998. Cuba Gooding Jr andBill Murray were also considered for the sleazy private dick hired to locate Cameron Diaz - then tryingto make her his own.
- Matt Damon, The Talented Mr Ripley, 1998. The newest hotUK scenarist-director Anthony Minghella, hot off The English Patient, checked all the new young turks.. for his Plein soleil re-make.
- Ben Affleck, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, 2001. For a laugh, New Jersey auteur Kevin Smith asked Vaughn and Jon Favreau to send-up Good Will Hunting - until he got the real stars to do it: Affleck and Matt Damon. (It was Smith who showed their Hunting script to Miramax).
- Jake Gyllenhaal, Donnie Darko, 2001. “Thanks, but hey I’m no teenager anymore!” Vaughn said he was turned on to acting by Alan Ladd in Shane, one of the many Westerns he’d watched on the tube with his moviestruck dad.
- Val Kilmer, Wonderland, 2003. Kilmer was amazing as John Holmes said the porno legend’s lover Dawn Schiller. “To bring back the essence, or the psyche, as Sharon (Holmes)would call it, of a man long gone... it’s pretty scary.”
- Cole Hauser, Paparazzi, 2004. Eleven years on and Hauser is still pinch-hitting for Vaughn.Vince supplied aa guest cameo. So did the producer: Mel Gibson.
- Owen Wilson, Starsky and Hutch, 2004. In the end, Vaughn was too, er, heavy for a hero, so he madea great villain.
- Freddy Rodriguez, Lady inthe Water, 2005.Among the dream wishes of director M Night Shyamalan for what began as a bedtime story for histwo daughters. Shoulda stayed there!
- Adam Sandler, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, 2006. Vince and Owen Wilson (after Will Smith and Nic Cage or James Gandolfini) as two straight New York firemen (Joe and Benny in 2001) having a gay marriage to win lost health benefits was a plan long before the project reached Sandler (and Kevin James) - and became what Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers trounced as “mealy-mouthed hypocrisy.”
- Matthew Fox, Speed Racer, 2007. Directors kept changing… Mexico’s Alfonso Cuarón, the UK’s Julien Temple, Guys Van Sant. Finally, the Wachowski siblings. So did the choices for Racer X from the Japanese anime series. Cage (in the early 90s), Keanu Reeves, Henry Rollins in 1994 and - ten years on - Vaughn was going to produce and star. They were all lucky. Film flopped.
- Seth Rogen, The Green Hornet, 2010. Some 14 years shot by between George Clooney saying yes and Rogen shedding 30lbs and finding it was not a step-up for Rogenkind. Vaughn was the choice of French director Michel Gondry in 1997. Others trying to be green were George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Wahlberg… and Corey Reynolds or Eddie Murphy for the black Hornet, John Stewart!
- Colin Farrell, Horrible Bosses, 2010. A bald Farrell was almost unrecognisable as the terrible boss - taking over his father Donald Sutherland’s company and making life hell for Jason Sudeikis, in this male take on Nine To Five.
- Tom Cruise, Jack Reacher, 2012.When it came to UK writer Lee Child’s tough cop, Jamie Foxx, Hugh Jackman, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, also had One Shot -original title of thebook… and film….about akind of Sherlock homeless.
- Bradley Cooper, The Silver Linings Playbook, 2012. “If you really want to go back and do an archeological dig,” laughed director David O Russell, “I wrote it for Vince Vaughn. And Zooey Deschanel.”As per usual, Russell’s first choice had been Mafk Mahlberg.
- Denzel Washington, 2 Guns, 2012. In the early days, it was going to be Vaughn as the DEA guy opposite Owen Wilson’s Navy cop –neither one knew the other was also working undercover. Helmers changed from Denzel’s Training Day man Antoine Fuqua and Bondsmith Martin Campbell to, finally, the Icelandic Baltasar Kormákur.