Russell Crowe in Lord of the Rings. Really?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Since we couldn't imagine anyone other than Viggo Mortensen playing Aragorn in Lord of the Rings, it's easy to forget that the actor didn't always have a lock on the role. Gladiator's Russell Crowe was once in the running.

Now moviefone has created (among other things) the LOTR poster as it might have been had Crowe made it all the way to the screen.

As part of a feature reimagining classic films with the stars originally (or rumored to be) cast, Dustin Glick has whipped up photo illustrations showing us not only a very different Return of the King, but also Will Smith as Neo in The Matrix and Ralph Macchio filling in for Marty McFly in Back to the Future.

(Give us a moment to stop shuddering over that last one.)

Head over to moviefone for another dozen mixed-up movie posters.

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