In the ‘Who Knew’ department: Josh Brolin tells USA Today that it came down to him and Johnny Depp for the part of Officer Tom Hanson on 21 Jump Street (I didn’t even have to Google the character name – I loved that show).
“I wanted any job at that point. They had fired the initial guy and auditioned three other guys, and it came down to Johnny and me. The network wanted me, the producer wanted Johnny. He and I were at his apartment hanging out; our girlfriends were best friends at the time. Johnny had just finished a small part in Platoon and was talking about what it meant for him to work for this great director Oliver Stone. The phone rings, it’s Johnny’s agent. He listens, hangs up, stuffs his clothes into his Platoon duffel and just walks out. The next time I saw him I was doing a guest role on the fourth episode of 21 Jump Street.”