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September 28, 2020 9:56 pm

Celebrities regret: They turned down that role??


By Amelia River, G+ profile.



In Hollywood, you would be surprised at which actors and actresses were originally considered and offered roles – yet turned them down. Sometimes, it becomes a huge regret because the movie becomes a box office success! Sometimes you just cannot predict the way movies will turn out with audiences. Their reasons range from disinterest, busy with other films, or casted into different roles.



The story goes that Lindsay Lohan initially auditioned for and was offered the role of Regina George, but she turned it down because she felt playing a “mean girl” in a movie called Mean Girls would harm her reputation—even though only a few years later, she went on to ruin it just fine herself. The role instead went to Rachel McAdams, and Lohan took on the lead role as “nice girl” Cady. Life doesn’t always imitate art!



As a green, one-eyed “scare assistant” named Mike who resembles a billiard ball with legs, Billy Crystal gets to sing, wisecrack, and woo the ladies in the latest Disney/Pixar computer-animated feature, Monsters, Inc. But Crystal might have been a Pixar player from the start, if he hadn’t said no to playing Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story.

“I hate that this comes up,” said Crystal, who nevertheless admitted, “It’s the only regret I have in the business of something I passed on.”



Henry Winkler (best known as… “The Fonz” in “Happy Days” has expressed his regret in turning down the role of “Danny” in the hit film “Grease”. Why? Because of the film’s international success. He was first on the list when casting offered him the role, but he passed, so it went to John Travolta… Phew!



It’s hard to picture, but the role of Wolverine almost went to a UK actor by the name of Dougray Scott (best known for his role as Prince Henry in Ever After with Drew Barrymore) – fortunately for Hugh Jackman (and womankind) Scott had to pull out at the last minute because shooting for Mission Impossible 2 (where he played the bad guy) was delayed. Can you imagine the remorse?!



Sylvester Stallone turned down the “Terminator” series! The “Rocky” actor said no to the offer and it was passed on to the one and only Arnie.



How crazy is this! Will Smith passed up the opportunity to play “Neo” in “The Matrix”, so instead, Keanu Reeves filled the role.



It’s not as if John Travolta needed to make a name for himself anyway, but he did turn down the huge role as Forrest Gump. But can you actually picture anyone except Tom Hanks saying the lines, “Mama always said, stupid is as stupid does”? Nope. Us neither.



Ever heard of Emily Browning? She’s best known for her roles in horror films like “Ghost Ship” and “Sucker Punch”… And she was almost going to be Bella Swan in Twilight! Lucky for the sultry Kristen Stewart that Em turned it down… Perhaps “Robsten” wouldn’t have even existed…



Hans Solo… The role that Al Pacino turned down! Harrison Ford was second in line for the Star Wars character.



Michael Keaton was the original batman… But Mel Gibson could have been! The “Lethal Weapon” star turned the role down and made way for Mike.



Jim Carey and Will Farrell are two of Hollywood’s favorite comedians – but for the film “Elf”, Carey was offered the role of Buddy The Elf. He passed it up, and Will stepped in!



This actually almost happened. Tom Cruise was a near-miss for the role of Tony Stark in Iron Man, it was also rumoured that Cruise would be co-producing the film – but reportedly lost interest in being part of the Iron Man franchise because he didn’t “agree with the script”… No worries! Couldn’t picture a better Iron Man than the one and only Robert Downey Jr anways… Right!?



It came down to two actresses for James Cameron, when he was casting for Rose in Titanic… In the end he chose the curvacious beauty, Kate Winslet, but Gwyneth Paltrow was said to have been very close to becoming the leading lady for the hit motion picture.



There are a lot of high profile roles that were first offered to Sean Connery before anyone else, but the two biggest would absolutely have to be the role of Morpheus in The Matrix, and the role of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings. Connery reportedly turned down both roles when they were offered to him because he “didn’t understand” the material, so Morpheus eventually went to Laurence Fishburne—it, in turn, revitalized his career—and Gandalf went to the brilliant Ian McKellen. He, understandably, later regretted turning down both roles, which led him to join the cast of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen when it was offered to him in 2003. According to producer Don Murphy, when Connery accepted the part, he said: “I got offered The Lord of the Rings, and I turned it down because I didn’t understand it. I was offered The Matrix  twice, and I turned it down because I didn’t understand it. I don’t understand this movie, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to turn it down.’”


Sources: IMDB, novaFM, Complex

Amelia River

A blogger about movie news and celeb gossip! Movie reviews, featured stories, and film industry trends are my specialties!