10 Stars That Turned Down Iconic Movie Roles
Movies can either be a box office hit or a flop. That’s why many Hollywood celebrities think long and hard before accepting a role in a film. Some artists decide not to take risks and refuse to star in films that, in the end, turn out to be huge hits.
Bright Side found out who these actors and actresses were, who, had they not turned down certain roles, would have been seen in very different movies.
1. Jennifer López in Unfaithful
J.Lo has a long filmography of movies. However, she turned down a role that could have changed her acting career: as Connie in Unfaithful. She says producers sent her the script, but it was not finished. Although she regrets not having accepted, she admits that the character was meant to be played by Diane Lane.
2. Madonna in The Matrix
Today, we know the character of Trinity in The Matrix thanks to Carrie-Anne Moss. Although the role had previously been offered to Madonna, she admitted that a tiny part of herself regretted having refused the experience.
3. Denzel Washington in Michael Clayton
During an interview, the actor was asked if he regretted turning down any roles. He answered that Michael Clayton was some of the best material he had read in a long time. However, the fact that the job was from a first-time director made him nervous and he turned it down.
4. Michael Keaton in Groundhog Day
From his first on-screen appearance, Michael Keaton earned the reputation of a great actor. However, he also turned down roles in major films. One of them was in Groundhog Day, which is considered a cult film today. Although he regrets rejecting the role, he admits he couldn’t have done it any better than Bill Murray did.
5. Eddie Murphy in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? became a hit in the ’80s. However, thanks to an interview, we learned that the role was first offered to Eddie Murphy. He explained that he ruled out being in the movie because he didn’t think the combination of human and animated characters would work. He also added that every time he sees it, he feels like an idiot for turning it down.
6. Sean Connery in The Matrix Reloaded
Apparently, Sean Connery, the former James Bond, had the opportunity to appear in the iconic The Matrix Reloaded, but turned it down for this reason: he just didn’t understand the script. In the end, the role of the architect went to Helmut Bakaitis.
7. Halle Berry in Speed
Halle Berry said in an interview that she was offered a part in Speed before Sandra Bullock. Thus, the film would have turned out completely different. At the time, she turned down the role because she was not convinced by the script. However, she admits that when she sees the film, she regrets her decision.
8. Brad Pitt in The Matrix
It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Keanu Reeves starring in The Matrix. However, the role of Neo was offered to Brad Pitt first. He explained that he never thought the role was for him. He added, “If we were doing a show about the great movies I’ve passed up, we’d need 2 nights.”
9. Marilyn Monroe in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The iconic movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, was supposed to star Marilyn Monroe. She was the first choice of Truman Capote, the author of the original book. However, Monroe did not accept the role because her advisor recommended against playing a lady of the night. In the end, it was Audrey Hepburn who took the role of Holly Golightly and turned it iconic.
10. Matt Damon in Avatar
Matt admitted that he declined to star in Avatar, which cost him around $250,000,000. He said this made him feel like the dumbest businessman in the world. However, the reason for not accepting the role was that he had already signed on to be in another film and preferred to behave in a more ethical manner.
Do you think the movies would have been different or the same if the artists on the list were acting in these films? Which characters from other movies would you change if you could?