Zach Braff


  1. Paul Rudd, Clueless, 1994.   New Jersey’s Braff, Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner auditioned for Josh, step-brother of Alicia Silverstone’s teen queen in the Beverly Hills flip-side of director Amy Heckerling’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Braff went to the sme school as singer Lauryn Hill – up for Dionne.

  2. Mark Matkevic, Dawson’s Creek, TV, 2000-2001. Auditioned to join the Creek crowd as Drue Valentine. The character lasted 17 episodes. The next character Zach actually won lasted 151 shows… Dr John JD Dorian in Scrubs, 2001-2008. This fame led to him becoming the voice of… Chicken Little.

  3. Matthew McConaughey, Failure To Launch, 2005. The thirtysomething slacker who feels his parenst are  setting him up with his dream girl so he’ll finally leave home – was written  for Braff and Amanda Peet.  After  so many mild romcoms like this, one could never envisage an Oscar in MacConaughey’s future.   Nor, I suppose, could he…
  4. Dane Cook, Mr Brooks, 2007.  A good year  for Mr Cook, the Bostonian stand-up.  His earnings hit $7m – helped along by Mr Scrubs being scrubbed out as Mr Smith.
  5. Jason Sudeikis, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, 2015. Plan A: Chloe Grace Moretz opposite Zach Braff – or Sudeikis Plan B: Maisie Williams opposite Jeffery Dean Morgan. And C…? Williams and Sudeikis, back as the introverted Henry. So it goes. Sometimes.

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