Here's Who Could Have Been in 'The Hangover'
Several huge stars passed on playing members of the Wolf Pack.
Given that neither Cooper nor Galifianakis were major stars when the first movie came out, it's not really a surprise that they weren't the first picks to play Alan and Phil. But what if it was Jake Gyllenhaal who was responsible for the group's unremembered misadventures? Here's who could have been in the Wolf Pack:
Phil Wenneck: According to The Hollywood Reporter, both Jack Black and Paul Rudd passed on the role of the booze-swilling teacher. There were also "others" who passed before the role eventually went to Bradley Cooper. Cooper recounts he got the role after having met Todd Phillips at an audition for Starsky & Hutch several years earlier.
Alan Garner: This role went through several rewrites before Galifianakis was cast. Initially intended to be a younger brother of the bride-to-be, both Jonah Hill and Jake Gyllenhaal were considered. After he was re-imagined as an older brother, Thomas Haden Church almost got the role.
The story also reports that the first Hangover movie earned Phillips nearly $70 million, so we know who's buying drinks after the third and final movie's premiere.