120 episodes

And Almost Starring is a comedic podcast in which husband and wife duo Jeff Ronan and Amy Jo Jackson discuss who almost starred in some of your favorite movies. Each week they’ll pick a different film and break down who almost got cast and whether it would have been for the better or for the much, much worse.

And Almost Starring Jeff Ronan and Amy Jo Jackson

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 70 Ratings

And Almost Starring is a comedic podcast in which husband and wife duo Jeff Ronan and Amy Jo Jackson discuss who almost starred in some of your favorite movies. Each week they’ll pick a different film and break down who almost got cast and whether it would have been for the better or for the much, much worse.

    Patreon Exclusive: Footloose (PREVIEW)

    Patreon Exclusive: Footloose (PREVIEW)

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    On this month’s Patreon-exclusive episode, we’re breaking down all the actors who almost starred in Footloose in a syncable, watch-along commentary! Which rock star turned down Ren? Which sitcom legend turned down Ariel? And what’s with all the gymnastics equipment in that warehouse? Also – our jaws it the floor during Footloose: Fury Road!
     
    Footloose stars Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Chris Penn, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Dianne Wiest; directed by Herbert Ross
     
     
     
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    • 2 min
    Episode 109 - Bridget Jones’s Diary

    Episode 109 - Bridget Jones’s Diary

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    On this week’s listener request episode (and our final ep of the year), we’re looking at everyone who almost starred in the delightful Bridget Jones’s Diary! Which Oscar-winning actor/writer was considered for Bridget? Which co-star originally auditioned for a completely different role? And how much better is this friend group than the one in Devil Wears Prada? Also – Happy Holidays!
     
    Bridget Jones’s Diary stars Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent, Embeth Davidtz, Sally Phillips, Shirley Henderson, James Callis, and Salman Rushdie; directed by Sharon Maguire
     
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    • 54 min
    Episode 108 - It’s a Wonderful Life

    Episode 108 - It’s a Wonderful Life

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    With Christmas just a few days away, we’re breaking down all the actors who almost starred in the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life! Which horror icon was considered for Mr. Potter? Who was Frank Capra’s first choice for the role of Mary? And how obvious is it that George can’t stand any of his kids except Zuzu? Also – we pitch a Truman Show-style conspiracy theory and fall down the rabbit hole of forgotten Hollywood films involving killer octopuses, misbehaving professors, and the original MCU: The Maisie Cinematic Universe!
     
    It's a Wonderful Life stars James Stewart, Donna Reed, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Ward Bond, Frank Faylen, Gloria Grahame, and Lionel Barrymore; directed by Frank Capra
     
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 107 - Matilda

    Episode 107 - Matilda

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    As the new Netflix movie musical adaptation nears, we’re revisiting the 1996 adaptation of the classic children’s book Matilda! Which famous child stars were considered for the title role? Which Oscar-winner was sought to play Trunchbull? And how wild is that kid getting chucked over a fence by the pigtails? Also – Celine Dion brings her ‘cuckoo crazy’ vibe to the world of Roald Dahl!
     
    Matilda stars Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, Paul Reubens, Tracey Walter, and Pam Ferris; directed by Danny DeVito
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 106 - Boogie Nights

    Episode 106 - Boogie Nights

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    On this week’s listener request episode, we’re looking at who almost starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights! Which movie superhero was considered for Dirk Diggler? Which Oscar-winning director turned down Jack? And did anyone else forget how funny the first half of this film is? Also – we pitch the high-concept rom-com I Love the 90s starring Drew Barrymore as – The 90s!
     
    Boogie Nights stars Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Luis Guzmán, Nicole Ari Parker, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, William H. Macy, Joanna Gleason, Robert Ridgely, Philip Baker Hall, Ricky Jay, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Thomas Jane, and Alfred Molina; directed by Paul Thomas Anderson  
     
     
     
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Patreon Exclusive: The Muppet Christmas Carol (PREVIEW)

    Patreon Exclusive: The Muppet Christmas Carol (PREVIEW)

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    On this month’s Patreon exclusive episode, we’re breaking down all the actors (and Muppets) who were almost cast in The Muppet Christmas Carol in a full-length commentary! Which stand-up comic was considered for Scrooge? Which classic Muppets were originally meant to play the three Christmas spirits? Also – we pitch more Muppet literary adaptations and ponder the lives of Muppet produce!
     
    The Muppet Christmas Carol stars Michael Caine, Steven Mackintosh, Jessica Fox, Meredith Braun, Robin Weaver, Raymond Coulthard, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, David Rudman, and Frank Oz; directed by Brian Henson
     
     
     
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

DaveyYouThere ,

Great podcast

Amy Jo and Jeff deliver a funny, informative, free wheeling but never unfocused podcast. Listened to the Carrie (1976) episode. That’s one of my favorite movies of all time but I was able to look at in a different and entertaining way. A polished, entertaining treat. Five stars!!!

froggie25999 ,

Love This Sho

This show is perfection. Such great insights, seemingly invisible format that suits the show brilliantly, great banter, knowledgeable on all things actors and casting… Go Jeff and Amy Jo!

DancingAndLive ,

favorite podcast when i’m over the news

this has become my go-to podcast. it’s such a delightful way to revisit old movies! it’s like if your intelligent, gossipy friends who are great at impressions merged with imdb and wikipedia— but without having to actually be with anyone or on your computer. an introverts’ delight! i find myself laughing out loud and saying “no way!” a lot. two thumbs up.

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