One of your favorite The Big Bang Theory characters was nearly played by another actor.
During a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg’s revealed that he almost turned down the opportunity to portray the endearingly geeky aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz.
Helberg, who is in the midst of promoting his upcoming movie Florence Foster Jenkins, told Colbert he had some trepidation about auditioning for the beloved CBS sitcom because, at the time, he already had a reoccurring role as an impressionist on Aaron Sorkin’s NBC series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and didn’t want to play another “nerd” character.
“So I said, ‘I don’t want to play nerds anymore,” Helberg told Colbert. “So I’ll pass on the nerd show. But I just got convinced to go in, and I think I made a good choice.”
Considering Studio 60 was cancelled after one season, while The Big Bang Theory is about to enter its 10th season, we’re going to have to agree that Helberg made a “good choice.”
You can watch Simon Helberg’s entire interview with Stephen Colbert right here.
(H/T Entertainment Weekly)
A new season of The Big Bang Theory will premiere Monday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.