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'They Are Here' - Poltergeist Remake Planned

LATEST: Spooky spectre movie POLTERGEIST is set for the remake treatment, with a completely new cast. CRAIG T NELSON, the star of the original TOBE...

Picture - Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie... Universal Studios California United States, Friday 7th November 2014

Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia - NBC's 'Parenthood' 100th episode celebration and cake-cutting ceremony at NBC Universal Lot - Universal Studios, California, United States - Friday 7th November 2014

Meet The 'Modern Family' Cast That Could Have Been (But We're Glad Wasn't)

Tags: Craig T Nelson - Ed O'Neill - Kristen Johnson - Lisa Kudrow - Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Eric Stonestreet - Ty Burrell - Julie Bowen

We can’t imagine a more perfect cast that the one that Modern Family already has. Every single of one of them has made the roles their own, almost like they were written with them in mind. So you’ll be surprised to hear that hardly any of them were the first choice for the parts! But who did the producers have lined up before the perfect cast finally came together?

Modern Family Alternate Cast Craig T. Nelson was first choice to play Modern Family patriarch Jay Pritchett

Family patriarch Jay Pritchett was originally pegged to be played by Emmy Award winner Craig T. Nelson. Best known for his role as Hayden Fox in Coach and as the voice of Mr. Incredible in the 2004 animated film The Incredibles, producers originally approached Nelson although his pay expectations were too high. Ed O’Neill, who the role eventually went to (and who just IS Jay) explained, “When I read [the script] I thought, ‘Oh boy, this is pretty good.’ And I called my managed and he said, ‘Well, they’re out to Craig T. Nelson.’” We’re grateful that they couldn’t afford Nelson because no-one plays grumpy good guy Jay Pritchard quite like Ed O’Neill.  We're also sure that Nelson is kicking himself since Sofia Vergara could have been his onscreen wife!  We wonder if he'd known that to begin with it would have made a difference?

Continue reading: Meet The 'Modern Family' Cast That Could Have Been (But We're Glad Wasn't)

Picture - Craig T. Nelson - Sixth... Los Angeles CA United States, Thursday 9th May 2013

Craig T. Nelson - Sixth Annual Television Academy Honors at Beverly Hills Hotel - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Thursday 9th May 2013

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Craig T. Nelson and Doria Cook-Nelson - 30th Annual PaleyFest - 'Parenthood' Screening - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Thursday 7th March 2013

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