These 12 Actors Turned Down Roles T...

These 12 Actors Turned Down Roles That Could Have Made Them Millions

Hollywood can be a fickle beast. Certain actors turn down a role, only to have that same role propel someone else into superstardom. On the other hand, actors can fade into obscurity with a couple of lackluster performances. Choosing what roles to accept and which to decline can be tough when you are a desirable actor. Sometimes they make the right call, and other times, they don’t. Here are 12 extremely popular and successful actors that passed up some potentially major roles in huge films. Number 8 in particular missed out on being in the highest-grossing box office hit ever.

 

#12 Molly Ringwald Turned Down The Lead Role In Pretty Woman

001-12-molly-ringwald-turned-down-the-lead-a0474d55144c1ddde2b2612103dfb05fThanks to her roles in iconic 80s films like “The Breakfast Club,” Ringwald was among the biggest Hollywood stars in her generation. Thus, she was a major front-runner for the main role in “Pretty Woman.” However, she turned the role down. It ultimately went to Julia Roberts, and turned her into a superstar.

#11 Christopher Walken Turned Down The Role Of Han Solo

002-11-christopher-walken-turned-down-the-r-d59f0b12160e4f44065a5495328d023aChristopher Walken has done pretty well for himself in his film career, but “Star Wars” would have been a welcomed addition to his resume. He almost secured the role of Han Solo, but ultimately turned it down. It is hard to imagine the role being played by anyone but Harrison Ford.

#10 Jack Nicholson Was Almost Michael Corleone

003-10-jack-nicholson-was-almost-michael-co-695527Nicholson is a legend in the business, and almost secured an equally legendary role. While he would have been great as Michael Corleone in “The Godfather,” it is hard to argue that Al Pacino wasn’t perfect for that role. We doubt Nicholson is losing any sleep over this missed opportunity though.

#9 Numerous Stars Turned Down Edward Scissorhands

004-9-numerous-stars-turned-down-edward-sci-21fbcb8cf1426de03e0d54573af8574a“Edward Scissorhands” looks like a role created for Johnny Depp. However, he wasn’t even among the first three choices. Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, and Robert Downey Jr. all turned it down. While Depp got the role here, he turned down a different role that comes up in a few entries.

#8 Matt Damon Turns Down A Role In Avatar

005-8-matt-damon-turns-down-a-role-in-avata-695533Damon is without a doubt among the biggest movie stars on earth, but this is one missed opportunity he’d probably like to get back. He was offered the lead role in “Avatar,” but turned it down. The film went on to be the biggest box office hit of all time. We bet you can’t even picture the next man in the role he turned down.

#7 John Travolta Turned Down The Role Of Forrest Gump

006-7-john-travolta-turned-down-the-role-of-695538It is hard to argue that “Forrest Gump” wasn’t one of the defining roles of Tom Hanks’ career. He received a ton of praise and acclaim for his portrayal of the titular character. However, he wasn’t the first choice, as John Travolta was offered the role first. It seems hard to imagine Travolta playing this role, so we feel it went to the right person.

#6 Johnny Depp Was Nearly Ferris Bueller

007-6-johnny-depp-was-nearly-ferris-bueller-695541Matthew Broderick was a huge cultural icon in the 1980s and he has Johnny Depp to thank for that. Depp turned down the role of Ferris Bueller, which allowed Broderick to step in. This isn’t the only Broderick entry on the list — he turned down a role in what ended up being one of the best shows in the last decade. Click through to #3 if you’re curious!

#5 Sandra Bullock Turned Down The Lead Role In Million Dollar Baby

008-5-sandra-bullock-turned-down-the-lead-r-695544Bullock has enjoyed an amazing career, but she may have missed out on another Oscar. She was offered the lead role in “Million Dollar Baby.” Instead, she turned the role down after several delays and Hilary Swank went on to take the role and won an Oscar for her efforts.

#4 Hugh Jackman Was Almost James Bond

009-4-hugh-jackman-was-almost-james-bond-695548Hugh Jackman could have had the rare distinction of being called James Bond. He was offered the role of Bond in “Casino Royale,” but declined it as he didn’t want to be typecast as an “action-only” star. As a result, Daniel Craig picked up the role and went on to be regarded as one of the best Bonds in the franchise.

#3 Matthew Broderick Almost Became Walter White

010-3-matthew-broderick-almost-became-walte-695550Bryan Cranston was a successful actor in “Malcolm in the Middle,” but it was his role as Walter White that most know him for. This role gave him a second chance in Hollywood, and he made the most of it. However, it almost didn’t happen as Matthew Broderick was offered the role first. He turned it down because he was skeptical of AMC as a network.

#2 Sean Connery Was Almost Gandalf

011-2-sean-connery-was-almost-gandalf-695553That’s right, Connery could have played one of the biggest roles in the “Lord of the Rings” series. He turned it down because he didn’t “get” the script, and passed on the role. In the end, having Connery in this role could have tanked the series, so I’m sure most people are glad that it went to Ian McKellen.

#1 Will Smith Turned Down The Role Of Neo In The Matrix

012-1-will-smith-turned-down-the-role-of-ne-695556Keanu Reeves played Neo in the 1999 sci-fi tentpole “The Matrix,” and became A-list practically overnight. However, that’s all because another young, famous actor turned the role down. Will Smith was offered the role, but turned it down to work on “Wild Wild West” instead. In retrospect, this may not have been the best idea.

For some small-time actors, missing out on these dynamite roles could have spelled the end of their careers. While these 12 actors are doing just fine, they could likely have a few extra million in their bank account. Also, the possibility that some of them could have taken some major awards for these missed roles is high. If these actors would have taken these roles when they were offered to them, we would also be without a few of the best performances of all time. I mean, can you imagine anyone other than Tom Hanks playing Forrest Gump? We sure can’t.

Advertisement

What Others Are Reading

28 Best Bottoms in Hollywood

The adoration of a woman's bum will never go out of style. After all, it's what makes women irresistible and more attractive. In Hollywood, it's like there is a search for the biggest, roundest,...

Sexy Tips To Add Some Spice To Your Love Life

The meaning of life can be boiled down to three things: Eat, sleep, and procreate. We were put on this planet to explore each other and stimulate our senses. There's no better feeling than...

Top 37 S.e.x.y Fails On The Internet

3Today we give thanks to all of the brave souls out there who risk it all in the name of being sexy. These are the folks who look right at the sun and say...

18 Underwater Discoveries Too Bizarre to Believe

It’s amazing to realize that while 6 out of every 7 square miles of the Earth’s surface is covered in water; we’ve barely explored any of that water in great detail. We know more...

12 Episodes Explaining Love

Love is part of our lives but still a mystery while explaining love is an art. Perhaps lot many people explored it but still so much of it remains a new place. Love is...

Forget Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Commercial: These Ads Were Way Worse!

Clearly, the decision-makers at Pepsi thought the recent Kendall Jenner ad was a slam-dunk winner. The ad depicts young people from various backgrounds leaving the grind of their day-to-day lives to join a protest movement. Kendall...

12 Hollywood Family Dynasties

The word dynasty isn't only applicable in sports and politics. These aren't the only ones to have dynasties. Hollywood the world's favorite place, has seen a ton of dynasties come through the entertainment industry...

Photos That Show A Softer, Human Side Of Russia

Famous photographer Ansel Adams once said, "In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality." These wise words have echoed throughout the world of photography ever since and...