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Jensen Ackles Almost Played Sam Winchester on ‘Supernatural’

Jensen Ackles Almost Played Sam Winchester on 'Supernatural'

Can you imagine Jensen Ackles playing Sam Winchester on Supernatural?

Supernatural came to an end after 15 amazing years last year, albeit the finale left a bitter taste to many with, of course, no fault of the actors.

The monster-hunting brothers are beloved by the entire fandom, and we were, no doubt, incredibly sad when we watched them for the final time.

But did you know Jensen Ackles, who we can only imagine as the charismatic Dean Winchester, almost played his brother Sam on Supernatural?

Jared Padalecki presents delicate and adorable energy to Sam’s role in the CW series. Even though he was, in fact, a younger brother, Sam often demonstrated more maturity than his elder brother Dean and usually behaved as the voice of reason on Supernatural.

Dean is a more erratic and reckless brother, but he too has the ability to be affectionate. Oddly, Jensen Ackles, the actor who depicts Dean, was initially reached by executive producer David Nutter for a much different role of Sam.

As a matter of fact, both Padalecki and Ackles gave an audition for the same role on Supernatural; however, after reading the script, Ackles showed an interest in taking Dean’s part, which he shared more of a connection with.

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If Ackles had not auditioned for the other role, however, there is no assurance that he would have received the part—particularly if the producers of the series had cast him as Sam in place of Padalecki. Needless to say, any shift in the casting would have totally altered the dynamics of the series.

Supernatural, for over a decade, is synonymous with the sibling pair, but the horror drama was not initially supposed to concentrate on the brothers.

In an interview with Chicago Tribune, the creator of the series, Eric Kripke, disclosed the fact that the chemistry between Padalecki and Ackles influenced the course of the series.

Originally, Kripke pictured Supernatural as dwelling on the monster of the week, writing:

In the beginning, Sam and Dean were an engine to get us in and out of different horror movies every week.

After realizing the amazing synergy between the two hunting brothers early on, Kripke and his staff shifted the show’s contents to concentrate more on the family.

This thematic change set the tone of the remainder of the series, which mostly used season-long story arcs based on family ties.

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