The 543-crore magnum-opus 2.0 finally released. And we see the epic battle between Superhero & Super-villain, Rajinikanth & Akshay Kumar. But before Akshay Kumar was cast as the villain, there are so many actors who were considered for the role. According to multiple sources, here are all the actors considered for Akshay Kumar’s role in 2.0
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is a good friend of Shankar and attended the trailer launch event of his film “I” was approached to play the villain. But things didn’t work out as he wanted a fees of Rs.120 crores, which the makers declined to pay.
2. Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan was also considered for the negative part in the film but Rajnikanth himself refuses it as he believed that people won’t accept him in negative character.
3. Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan was offered the role of the antagonist but he rejected the role and it eventually went to Akshay Kumar.
4. Neil Nitin Mukesh
We’ve already seen this Bollywood actor as a villain in Kaththi(2014). He’ll also be seen in Prabhas’s Saaho.
Source: IMDb, DNA
5. Hrithik Roshan
Yep, you read that right. There was a time when the choice was between Hrithik and Neil Nitin.
Source: IMDb, DNA
After his previous film, there were considerations that, Vikram might be cast as the antagonist.
Source: India Today
7. Kamal Hassan
‘In the early days, I used to act with Rajinikanth quite often. But after we both became bigger stars, budgets did not work out. That is when we decided that if we were to act again, it will have to be a in a film that is produced by either of us. With Robo 2.0, I did not want to trouble an outside producer’ told Kamal Hassan in an interview.
Source: Telugu 360
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