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John Slattery, Terrence Howard, Empire

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File this one under: Big mistake...Huge!

OK, so we actually think this Mad Men star will be just fine, but still, John Slattery has to be kicking himself a wee bit for turning down a chance to star on the biggest breakout show of the year: Fox's Empire.

It turns out that executive producer Danny Strong tried to get Slattery on the Fox show...and he turned that chance down.

Strong guest starred on the AMC drama with Slattery before Empire came onto the scene, and Slattery reveals in an interview with The Daily Beast that Strong asked him to be on it.

"That's Danny Strong who punches me in the balls!" Slattery says of Strong's Mad Men character. "That guy is on top of the world right now with Empire. If he reads this, ‘Danny, I need a job!' He actually asked me if I wanted to be on Empire, and I think I let that ship sail. I don't know who I would've played… some white dude."

Our guess? Slattery would have been perfect in Judd Nelson's nefarious role of rival label head Billy Beretti. Doesn't he look perfect facing off against Lucious in our (totally fake and yet totally awesome) pic from the show?! As much as we loved the '80s icon randomly showing up on Empire, Slattery would have absolutely killed it as Beretti. Is this the kind of show where people get new faces for season two? Just wondering, in an unrelated question.

Now it's your turn to sound off on the casting that never was. Would you rather have seen Slattery as Beretti? If the role wasn't Beretti, who do you think Slattery would have played? Let us know in the comments section below.

And did you know Empire's fan-favorite star Henson almost played Kerry Washington's starring role on Scandal? Click through the gallery below to find out other amazing TV roles that almost went to other actors!