Michael Keaton Wasn’t Tim Burton’s First Choice for Beetlejuice

Tim Burton is a renowned director famous for his eccentricities and vividly gothic aesthetics in his films.

His unique vision gives his projects overarching tones that feel distinctly him, as his filmography is filled with movies that combine gothic horror with striking visuals.

However, not all of his choices for his movies end up making the final cut.

For Beetlejuice, one of his earlier and most memorable films, his original casting choice for the titular character didn’t end up making the cut.

Burton’s first choice for the titular role in this fantasy horror comedy was actually Sammy Davis Jr., the multi-talented performer of Rat Pack fame.

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