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The Main Character Was Originally Offered To Eric Stoltz

The Main Character Was Originally Offered To Eric Stoltz
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FX originally wanted the main character of Vic Mackey to be played by Eric Stoltz. A role in which he almost accepted but inevitably declined. Stoltz is known in Hollywood as the “Nearly Guy,” due to the iconic roles that he was either fired from or didn’t accept.

His biggest disappointment probably being when he was recast as Marty McFly in the critically acclaimed Back to the Future franchise. According to Christopher Lloyd, “[Stoltz] was a really good actor. Although he was doing the part well, he was not bringing that element of comedy to the screen.”