9 famous film characters who almost had different names

Meet Connie Gustafson, Minch, Indiana Smith and Little orphan Otto...



…was nearly Indiana Smith. Clearly Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were really keen on common surnames…

…was nearly Bladorthin.

Tolkien almost gave his legendary Lord of the Rings character an equally strange and fantastical name…

…was nearly Professor Brown.

This would have been a factually correct title for the Back to the Future inventor but just not quite as cool and catchy. Imagine this: 

Marty McFly: Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Professor. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean? 

Yeah, no.

…was nearly Minch Yoda.

But to enhance a sense of mystery about the character, Star Wars director George Lucas decided to keep it simple with just the last part of the name.

…was almost Lunar Larry.

Yes, the Toy Story hero might have been called Larry. Buzz is infinity (sorry, infinitely) better.

…was nearly Jackie Burke.

In Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch, on which Quentin Tarantino’s film is based, the protagonist is a blonde named Jackie Burke. Tarantino renamed the character and the title of the book because Jackie Brown sounds better, and also because he cast black actress Pam Grier. He wanted to allude to her colour in her character’s name given the part that race plays in the life she has in the movie. 

…was nearly Connie Gustafson.

This was the name that Breakfast at Tiffany’s author Truman Capote first devised for his heroine but thankfully he changed it to something that rolls off the tongue a little better. Plus it suits her fun, slightly eccentric character much more. 

…was nearly Little orphan Otto. 

In 1924, Harold Gray created Little Orphan Annie for a comic strip in the Chicago Tribune and his original concept starred a boy named Otto. But there were loads of strips featuring boys and none about a girl, so Otto’s name and gender were swiftly changed. 

…was almost Hermione Puckle. 


JK Rowling has said that she later felt Puckle didn’t suit Hermione and changed it to Granger, and we couldn’t agree more.