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
Thanks 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
Christopher 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
Nicholson 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
“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
Damon 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.