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Ten Actors Who Turned Down Legendary Roles
 

 

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1. Emily Blunt – Black Widow (Iron Man 2)

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She is known for her roles in films like “The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Young Victoria,” “The Adjustment Bureau” and “Looper.” She, however, turned down the iconic role of Black Widow in the movie “Iron Man 2.” The role got even bigger when it was included as one of the main characters in “The Avengers.” Blunt instead did a role in the box office flop “Gulliver’s Travels.” Still, it is not as if it k!lled her career. After all, she has already won a Golden Globe for her role in “Gideon’s Daughter,” aside from several other nominations from various award-giving bodies. Men certainly would not complain seeing Scarlett Johansson playing Black Widow instead.
2. Sean Connery – Gandalf (The Lord Of The Rings) and Morpheus (The Matrix)
He has had his share of legendary roles, like James Bond which he did seven times, the father of Indiana Jones and the clean law agent in “The Untouchables.” Two roles that he rejected, decisions that he eventually regretted, were those of Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and Morpheus in “The Matrix” trilogy. Those would have been perfect feathers on his cap. Ian McKellen and Laurence Fishburne benefited from Connery’s mistakes.
3. Kevin Costner – Andy Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption)
Kevin Costner was riding sky high back in the 90s. He had a string of great movies, like “The Untouchables,” “Bull Durham,” “Field of Dreams” and “JFK.” Even his less than stellar movies made a lot of money, like “The Bodyguard” and “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.” He was also honored in the Academy Awards for “Dances with Wolves.” So it’s hard to blame him when he decided to take on an ambitious project in “Waterworld” rather than do the relatively quiet role of Andy Dufresne in “The Shawshank Redemption.” Tim Robbins ended up with the role and, while it did not make big money as well, at least it garnered the honor of being one of the best movies of all time.
4. Matt Damon – Jake Sully (Avatar), Harvey Dent(The Dark Knight), Ennis del Mar(Brokeback Mountain), Harvey Milk(Milk)
He was in both the “Ocean” and “Bourne” trilogy, as well as in the World War II classic “Saving Private Ryan.” He also has an Academy Award for the original screenplay he wrote with Ben Affleck called “Good Will Hunting.” Matt Damon is already considered one of the best actors of his generation. Imagine how much higher he would have been held in esteem had he not turned down four great roles. Jake Sully of “Avatar” went to Sam Worthington, and that movie turned out to be the highest-grossing movie of all time. Harvey Dent of “The Dark Knight” went to Aaron Eckhart instead. Heath Ledger tackled Ennis del Mar of “Brokeback Mountain” more than adequately. Sean Penn got the role of Harvey Milk in “Milk.” All four movies were critical darlings and got Oscar nominations.
5. Johnny Depp – Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
Before Johnny Depp burst into the limelight in “21 Jump Street,” he could have already made it big in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” The role went to Matthew Broderick instead. With Depp’s long line of hits and acclaimed performances, it is doubtful though if he would exchange positions with Broderick now.
6. Leonardo Di Caprio – Dirk Diggler (Boogie Nights)
Leonardo di Caprio is a big fan of director Paul Thomas Anderson, so when he couldn’t do the role of Dirk Diggler in “Boogie Nights,” Di Caprio would end up regretting it. The role went to Mark Wahlberg instead. Still, considering that he passed on the role because he was also doing “Titanic,” one can safely say that it turned out for the best.
7. Jack Nicholson – Michael Corleone (The Godfather)

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Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” is one of the greatest films of all time. Jack Nicholson realized the potential of the role of Michael Corleone, but declined to do it because he does not have Italian blood that it called for. Al Pacino ended up with the role. It was a case of a legendary actor replacing another legendary actor for a legendary role in a legendary movie.
8. Molly Ringwald – Vivian Ward (Pretty Woman), Molly Jensen (Ghost)
Julia Roberts hit it big playing the prostitute Vivian Ward in “Pretty Woman.” Demi Moore started getting more serious roles after portraying Molly Jensen in “Ghost.” The two movies launched the two actresses to superstardom. Molly Ringwald, once considered the greatest of the teen stars in the 80s with movies like “Pretty in Pink,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles,” could have had those roles. Instead, she is still remembered only for those teen movies she did back then.
9. Tom Selleck – Indiana Jones (Raiders Of The Lost Ark)
Tom Selleck was already a relatively big star back in the 80s because of his hit television show “Magnum P.I.” How much bigger he could have gotten had he crossed over successfully to the film business, no one knows. And he got that chance when he was offered the role of Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Scheduling conflicts with his TV show forced him to reject the role and Harrison Ford ended up with it instead.
10. Will Smith – Neo (The Matrix)

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Will Smith could have been “The One” had he accepted the role of Neo in “The Matrix.” He has no regrets though as he has admitted that he could not have portrayed it better than Keanu Reeves. His bigger regret is probably doing “Wild, Wild West,” the flop that he chose to do over “The Matrix.”


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 5 years ago '12        #2
OldBusiness 163 heat pts163
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Jet Li also turned down multiple roles in The Matrix. They were begging him to be in...thing is he wanted to go on his own American Campaign starring in movies....so he did The One, Kiss of the Dragon an such
 5 years ago '09        #3
dadon85 135 heat pts135
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Of course Matt Damon turned down broke back. Jack nick as the godfather, will as neo, and Leo as dirk diggler

Molly ringwald fu*ked up
 5 years ago '04        #4
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Good thing Jack didn't do The Godfather. Emily Blunt is fine, would have been good as Black Widow
 5 years ago '11        #5
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will as neo

keanu did his thing tho. im glad it turned out the way it did. honestly, his air-headiness kind of made the role.
 5 years ago '04        #6
psylence2k 58 heat pts58
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 kontrast said:
Good thing Jack didn't do The Godfather. Emily Blunt is fine, would have been good as Black Widow
and have us miss out on Scarlett Johansson's fine a.ss ??




also for Jack in Titanic : Tom Cruise asked for too much money, Jared Leto refused to audition, and Matthew McConaughey, Chris O'Donnell, Billy Crudup and Stephen Dorff were all also considered but turned down for various reasons.
 5 years ago '04        #7
kontrast 
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Both fine to be honest, just saying Emily would have been good too
 5 years ago '04        #8
MainEv3nt|M 21 heat pts21
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lol matt damon was offered broke back mountain.'

when they asked him he was prob like ''fu*k outta here''
 5 years ago '11        #9
UrbanGAAWD 209 heat pts209
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Chris Tucker should be number 1 for turning down Friday sequels....they could have been immensely better instead of a joke movie line
 02-03-2013, 10:08 PM         #10
Cheeze 
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Matt Damon as Harvey Dent
 5 years ago '05        #11
white-chocolate 124 heat pts124
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3. Kevin Costner – Andy Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption)
Matt Damon – Jake Sully (Avatar)

woulda been perfect for the parts
especially Costner
 5 years ago '07        #12
Adam Is BeTTeR 2 heat pts
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Connery and Damon lost big time.

Keanu k!lled it, couldn't imagine it without him.

LeoDeo as Dirk Diggler? Johnny D as Ferris Bueller?
 5 years ago '08        #13
Dee Grande 1269 heat pts1269
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@ black widow being "iconic"



avengers = iron man, captain america, thor, hulk and 2 backup dancers
 5 years ago '09        #14
circleofpurple 58 heat pts58
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Johnny depp and Leonardo dicaprios were both close to being Patrick Bateman in American psycho. Thank god bale got it. That's my favorite performance ever.
 02-03-2013, 11:47 PM         #15
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Easily would've turned those into oscar nominated roles.

Molly Ringwald lost though.

I mean damn she really lost.
 5 years ago '05        #16
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eric stoltz as marty mcfly.......o wait...........
 5 years ago '05        #17
Hold That 103 heat pts103
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Honestly if given a choice for an idea of a film for, Water world and shawshank redemption, I would still choose waterworld to this day. The movie was just executed poorly, but the idea was amazing and had potential to be a lot bigger than Shawshank if they had the proper director.
 5 years ago '10        #18
Marcus Aurelius 49 heat pts49
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I actually think most of these turned out for the best.

The only one's I can see improving the roles are Matt Damon in Avatar or Dark Knight. I love Jack and Will but Pacino and Keanu played those roles perfectly. I don't think Will could turn down the charisma enough to make Neo work. I can't see Connery as Morpheus either.
 5 years ago '05        #19
knowTHEledge 30 heat pts30
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Molly Ringwald is the only loser on this list.


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 5 years ago '08        #20
stlcardinals19 32 heat pts32
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There was also Dave Chapelle who skipped out on Bubba in Forest Gump.
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