Talking About Seinfeld

The Role That Almost Never Happened That Way…

Jason Alexander was not actually the first choice in playing George Costanza (pictured here). The role was first offered to Danny DeVito and Chris Rock. At the time, according to Alexander, DeVito’s career was at the highest pinnacle of success so he most likely was not really interested in playing second-to-command (sort of) to Jerry Seinfeld. Danny was quite the star at the time, having played as interesting and diverse roles, yes, like one of the mental patients in a psychatric ward controlled by an abusive madwoman who keeps the patients somewhat healed through shock therapy and medication in a storyline that is about how far your distinct inabilty to control personal rage can take you in the very unforgettable One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).


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