It would have been a whole different vibe in the movie Large if a major casting decision hadn’t been unraveled.
Actress Elizabeth Perkins, who played adult Josh’s love interest in the 1988 film, appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen and revealed that Robert De Niro was originally cast in the role that Tom Hanks made famous.
“Robert De Niro was actually cast as Josh in the movie. Large. Perkins said. “He collapsed because he had a scheduling conflict, and then they went to see Tom Hanks. It’s like a totally different movie in my brain with Robert De Niro.
Perkins auditioned with De Niro for his role in the film.
“He was more sullen. It was more of a – a little more of a horror movie. Robert De Niro walking the streets of New York, ”said Perkins. “What Tom Hanks brought there was so much lighter.”