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10 Stars Who Turned Down Iconic Roles

Many people daydream about starring in their favorite superhero movies and shows. But not every actor accepts these roles. Sometimes it’s because they are committed to other projects, and other times it’s simply for personal reasons. Let’s answer these “what if” questions and see how our favorite shows and movies could’ve looked if the actors originally asked hadn’t said no.

1. Gwyneth Paltrow turned down the role of Rose in Titanic.

2. Sandra Bullock turned down the role of Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman.

3. Ian McKellen turned down the role of Dumbledore in Harry Potter.

4. Christina Applegate turned down the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.

5. Bette Midler turned down the role of Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act.


6. Garrett Hedlund turned down the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey.

7. Kate Winslet turned down the role of Viola in Shakespeare in Love.

8. Emily Blunt turned down the role of Black Widow in Iron Man 2.

9. Beyoncé turned down the role of Ally in A Star Is Born.

10. Courteney Cox turned down the role of Rachel in Friends.

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What actor do you want to see in a different classic role? Who do you believe would win an Oscar if they had accepted the role?

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