Robert De Niro almost played Tom Hanks's role in a classic comedy

Actress Elizabeth Perkins appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Wednesday where she revealed just how much different the 1988 classic Big could have been, and almost was. In the movie, Perkins plays the love interest of adult Josh, played by Tom Hanks. But that role nearly went to Robert De Niro.

“Robert De Niro was actually cast in the role of Josh in the movie Big.” Perkins said. “Then it fell apart because he had a scheduling conflict, and then they went to Tom Hanks. It’s like a totally different movie in my brain with Robert De Niro.”

Big may be best remembered for that classic scene in which Hanks and Robert Loggia play “Chopsticks” on a giant ground piano in a toy store. But for all of Hanks’s childlike playfulness in the role, Perkins revealed that it would have been a much, much different movie had De Niro stuck with it.

“He was more moody. It was more of a — a little more of a horror movie. Robert De Niro wandering around the streets of New York,” Perkins said. “What Tom Hanks brought to it was so much lighter.”