Robert De Niro was originally cast in Big instead of Tom Hanks according to costar Elizabeth Perkins

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Second choice: “Robert De Niro actually played the role of Josh.  And then he collapsed because he had a scheduling conflict, then they went to see Tom Hanks, ”the 60-year-old actress told astonished Andy Cohen;  seen here with Hanks in a still from the film



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Tom Hanks almost missed his decisive role.

Robert De Niro was originally cast in the 1988 hit comedy Big instead of the 64-year-old actor, costar Elizabeth Perkins revealed during a remote appearance on Watch what is happening live Wednesday.

“Robert De Niro actually played the part of Josh. And then he collapsed because he had a scheduling conflict, and then they went to see Tom Hanks, ”the 60-year-old actress told Andy Cohen astonished.

Almost ‘Fat’: Robert De Niro (here in 2020) was originally cast in the 1988 hit comedy Big instead of the 64-year-old actor, costar Elizabeth Perkins revealed during an appearance at distance on Watch What Happens Live Wednesday.

Second choice: “Robert De Niro actually played the role of Josh.  And then he collapsed because he had a scheduling conflict, then they went to see Tom Hanks, ”the 60-year-old actress told astonished Andy Cohen;  seen here with Hanks in a still from the film

Second choice: “Robert De Niro actually played the role of Josh. And then he collapsed because he had a scheduling conflict, then they went to see Tom Hanks, ”the 60-year-old actress told astonished Andy Cohen; seen here with Hanks in a still from the film

“It’s like a totally different movie in my brain with Robert De Niro,” she added.

The Moodys star explained that she first auditioned for the film while reading lines with De Niro, 77.

“He was more sullen. It was a bit of a horror movie, ”she joked, adding that it was a much darker movie before the beloved Cast Away performer got involved.

“It was Robert De Niro wandering the streets of New York. What Tom Hanks brought there was so much lighter, ”she said.

Totally different: “It's like a totally different movie in my brain with Robert De Niro,” she added.  The Moodys star explained that she first auditioned for the film while reading lines with De Niro, 77.

Totally different: “It's like a totally different movie in my brain with Robert De Niro,” she added.  The Moodys star explained that she first auditioned for the film while reading lines with De Niro, 77.

Totally different: “It’s like a totally different movie in my brain with Robert De Niro,” she added. The Moodys star explained that she first auditioned for the film while reading lines with De Niro, 77.

Horror movie: `` He was more sullen.  It was a bit of a horror movie ... It was Robert De Niro wandering the streets of New York.  What Tom Hanks brought there was so much lighter, ”she says;  De Niro is seen here in 1988

Horror movie: `` He was more sullen.  It was a bit of a horror movie ... It was Robert De Niro wandering the streets of New York.  What Tom Hanks brought there was so much lighter, ”she says;  De Niro is seen here in 1988

Horror movie: “He was more sullen. It was a bit of a horror movie… It was Robert De Niro wandering the streets of New York. What Tom Hanks brought there was so much lighter, ”she says; De Niro is seen here in 1988

Big went on to establish Tom as a major box office draw, earning over $ 150 million, and earning the star her first Oscar nomination.

It was also not a major loss for De Niro, who went on to film the Oscar-nominated crime drama The Untouchables instead.

Perkins also told the talk show host, 52, about a kiss she shared with Hanks on set in response to a fan’s question about her favorite on-screen kiss.

'Big' hit: Big went on to establish Tom as a major box office draw, grossing over $ 150 million, and earned the star his first Oscar nomination

'Big' hit: Big went on to establish Tom as a major box office draw, grossing over $ 150 million, and earned the star his first Oscar nomination

“Big” hit: Big went on to establish Tom as a major box office draw, winning over $ 150 million, and earning the star his first Oscar nomination

No Loss: Nor was it a major loss for De Niro, who instead shot the Oscar-nominated crime drama The Untouchables;  he saw sharing a laugh with Hanks in 2016

No Loss: Nor was it a major loss for De Niro, who instead shot the Oscar-nominated crime drama The Untouchables;  he saw sharing a laugh with Hanks in 2016

No Loss: Nor was it a major loss for De Niro, who instead shot the Oscar-nominated crime drama The Untouchables; he saw sharing a laugh with Hanks in 2016

“He puts one on me about halfway through the movie. I had such a crush on him at the time. I was single, ”she admitted.

Unfortunately for her, the News of the World interpreter had already started dating his future wife Rita Wilson at the time.

“He was already with Rita Wilson. They were dating but had not yet married. So he was completely banned, but he was adorable, ”continued the former Weeds.

Kiss: Perkins also told the talk show host, 52, of a kiss she shared with Hanks on set in response to a fan's question about her favorite on-screen kiss: `` He puts one on me about halfway through the movie.  I had such a crush on him at the time.  I was single '

Kiss: Perkins also told the talk show host, 52, of a kiss she shared with Hanks on set in response to a fan's question about her favorite on-screen kiss: `` He puts one on me about halfway through the movie.  I had such a crush on him at the time.  I was single '

Kiss: Perkins also told the talk show host, 52, of a kiss she shared with Hanks on set in response to a fan’s question about her favorite on-screen kiss: “He puts one on me about halfway through the movie. I had such a crush on him at the time. I was single ‘

Affirmed: Unfortunately for her, the News of the World interpreter had already started dating his future wife Rita Wilson at the time: `` He was already with Rita Wilson.  They were dating but had not yet married.  So he was completely off limits, but he was adorable ''

Affirmed: Unfortunately for her, the News of the World interpreter had already started dating his future wife Rita Wilson at the time: `` He was already with Rita Wilson.  They were dating but had not yet married.  So he was completely off limits, but he was adorable ''

Affirmed: Unfortunately for her, the News of the World interpreter had already started dating his future wife Rita Wilson at the time: “He was already with Rita Wilson. They were dating but had not yet married. So he was completely banned, but he was adorable ”

The couple, who will be celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary this year, met on the set of the ABC sitcom Bosom Buddies.

Elizabeth also said she didn’t think the implicit love scene between her and the Big actor would be done today.

“We don’t see them having sex, but he takes my shirt off,” Perkins told Page Six last week of his adult character sharing an intimate moment with a 12-year-old boy trapped in the body of a boy. adult.

Love scene: Elizabeth also said she didn't think the implicit love scene between her and the Big actor would be done today: 'We don't see them having sex but he takes off my shirt, '' Perkins told Page Six last week.

Love scene: Elizabeth also said she didn't think the implicit love scene between her and the Big actor would be done today: 'We don't see them having sex but he takes off my shirt, '' Perkins told Page Six last week.

Love scene: Elizabeth also said she didn’t think the implicit love scene between her and the Big actor would be done today: “We don’t see them having sex but he takes my shirt, ”Perkins told Page Six last week.

Appropriate?  In the comedy, the adult character of Elizabeth shares an intimate moment with a 12-year-old boy trapped in an adult's body, played by Hanks

Appropriate?  In the comedy, the adult character of Elizabeth shares an intimate moment with a 12-year-old boy trapped in an adult's body, played by Hanks

Appropriate? In the comedy, the adult character of Elizabeth shares an intimate moment with a 12-year-old boy trapped in an adult’s body, played by Hanks

“I actually take my shirt off and he touches my chest, then we cut the elevator door open and he has a big smile on his face. We never say, ‘Oh, they slept together,’ but they really had fun, ‘she added.

She said if the scene was appropriate or not ‘was not even a consideration at the time. It wasn’t even something we broached or discussed at any level. Different times. ‘

The actress admitted that she didn’t think she would fly today, which is what she is “totally on board” with.

“They wouldn’t have shown it at all. I think we are in another era.

At a different time: She said the scene was appropriate or not `` wasn't even our consideration at the time.  It wasn't even something we broached or discussed at any level.  Different times'

Different moment: She said the scene was appropriate or not `` wasn't even our consideration at the time.  It wasn't even something that we addressed or discussed at any level.  Different times'

Different moment: She said the scene was appropriate or not “was not even our consideration at the time. It wasn’t even something we broached or discussed at any level. Different times’

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