Actors Who Almost Got the Part

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Michael Fassbender

April 20, 2014

The Irish actor didn't explode on our shores until 2010 when he scored the role of Erik Lensherr (Magneto) in X-Men: First Class off the strength of his charismatic performance in Inglorious Basterds, but according to Fassbender, he almost became a Hollywood heartthrob a full decade earlier!

The 12 Years A Slave star covers November's GQ issue and inside reveals he got very close to starring in 2001's Pearl Harbor! "Disney sent me a really nice note," he laughs of a failed audition for Ben Affleck's lead role.

For more from Fassbender's GQ, click here!

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