Big Bang Co-Creator Chuck Lorre almost didn’t cast Jim Parsons as the quirky iconic character Sheldon Cooper on the popular CBS sitcom.

The Big Bang Theory co-creator Chuck Lorre almost turned down Jim Parsons for the role of quirky physicist Sheldon Cooper.

Bill Prady, who co-created the show alongside Lorre, revealed uncertainty on Lorre’s part when it came to casting Parsons following his audition. “We saw — oh God, I don’t know, 100 people?” Prady told People. “And when Jim Parsons came in, he was Sheldon on a level — you know, there were people who came in and you went, ‘Okay, well, he’s kind of okay,’ ‘Oh, he’s pretty good,’ ‘Maybe he’s the guy.’ And Jim came in and he was just — from that audition, he was the Sheldon that you saw on television.”

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“He created that character at that audition,” Prady continued. “And he left the room and I turned and I went, ‘That’s the guy! That’s the guy! That’s the guy!’ And Chuck turned and he said, ‘Nah, he’s gonna break your heart. He’ll never give you that performance again.'”

Prady recalled the disagreement as the singular time that he was right and Lorre’s instincts were wrong. “I have to say, in the story of my relationship with Chuck, the number of times that I’m right and Chuck is wrong may be… I’m gonna go with one,” Prady said. “This may be the only example of where I actually was right. And Jim Parsons came back in the next day and gave us that exact same performance again. It was like, ‘This is Sheldon.'”

Parsons portrayed Sheldon from the season premiere in 2007 to the series finale in 2019 and became the breakout star of the show. Sheldon proved to be such a popular character it led to Parsons narrating and executive producing the spinoff show Young Sheldon, currently in its fourth season on CBS.

The Big Bang Theory aired on CBS from 2007-2019 and starred Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nuyyar, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik. The show is currently streaming on HBO Max.

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Source: People

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