1: Before Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise almost played Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

2: Tom Cruise was considered for the role of Batman in the 1989 film before it went to Michael Keaton.

3: The role of Dr. Grant in Jurassic Park was almost played by Tom Cruise before Sam Neill took over.

4: Tom Cruise was in talks to play the lead in Avatar before the role went to Sam Worthington.

5: Before Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise almost portrayed the character of Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

6: Tom Cruise was considered for the role of Wolverine in the X-Men films before Hugh Jackman was cast.

7: The role of Nelson Mandela in Invictus was offered to Tom Cruise before it went to Morgan Freeman.

8: Tom Cruise was considered for the role of Vincent in Collateral before it went to Jamie Foxx.

9: Before Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise almost starred in the classic film Forrest Gump as the titular character.

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