14 Actors Who Regretted Turning Down These Roles

Some roles are just meant to be played by a particular actor/actress. I mean, can you believe Robert Downey Jr not playing the role of Iron Man, or Matthew Perry not playing the role of Chandler in Friends? Oh! What a disaster that would have been. But, we are not talking about the iconic roles played by some famous artists. Instead, we are here to know which renowned artist turned down an iconic role. Let’s take a look at the list of actors/actresses who regretted turning down the roles:-

1. Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe had incomparable beauty and talent, so naturally, she was the first choice for the lead role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. However, her agent suggested against it, and the part went to Audrey Hepburn. Audrey received many laurels for her role; meanwhile, Monroe acted in The Misfits, which became a disaster.

2. Henry Winkler Turned down Grease


Danny Zuko in Grease is considered one of the best roles ever played by John Travolta. Many people don’t know that he was not the first choice for this role. Henry Winkler was the first choice, but he rejected the part. He said he has already played a similar character and doesn’t want to get typecast. A few years later, in an interview, he said, “John Travolta went on to buy his own plane, and I just went home.”

3. John Lithgow


Tim Burton approached Lithgow for the role of Joker in Batman. But he believed that he was not suitable for the part, so he rejected Burton’s offer. Later on, he admitted to regretting this decision.

4. Burt Reynolds turned down the chance to become James Bond


After Sean Connery, Reynolds had the opportunity to carry on the 007 legacies, but he turned down the role. He said an American man playing James Bond would be impractical. Later on, he confessed it was a stupid thing to say. Ultimately, David Niven carried on the legacy.

5. Kevin Costner turned down Shawshank Redemption


The Shawshank Redemption is probably one of the greatest movies ever made. Costner rejected the role of Andy Dufresne, and it went on to Tim Robbins. Well, Costner is still one of the actors who regretted turning down the role.

6. Lindsay Lohan


The Hangover is one of the best comedies of all time. It made more than $450 million at the box office and further made two sequels.

7. David Schwimmer turned down Men In Black


Imagine if Will Smith didn’t play Agent J in Men in Black! Surprisingly, David Schwimmer was the first choice for Agent J, but he refused. The movie had two sequels and earned $1.6 billion worldwide. Men in Black skyrocketed Will Smith’s career, whereas Schwimmer went on to do a few not-so-great films. He deeply regrets his decision.

8. Jim Carrey


Captain Jack Sparrow became an iconic character, partly because of how Johnny Depp played the role. Can you imagine what could happen if Jim Carrey played Jack Sparrow? He was approached for the role first but rejected it because he was working in Bruce Almighty. I guess we can safely say, whatever happened, happened for the best, right?

9. John Travolta turned down Forrest Gump


Forrest Gump is one of the most loved characters of all time. The character earned Tom Hanks his second Oscar in two years. Surprisingly, he was not the first choice; John Travolta was!

10. Nicolas Cage


Be it a comedy movie, an action movie, or a drama, count on Nicolas Cage to ace the role. However, he is one of the actors who regretted turning down the iconic role of Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. And it ultimately went to Viggo Mortensen.

11. Al Pacino turned down Star Wars


Al Pacino has many iconic roles attached to his name, including Michael Corleone in The Godfather (all the movies). He was almost cast as Hans Solo in Star Wars but refused later on. In an interview, he said, “It was mine for the taking, but I didn’t understand the script,” Harrison Ford got the role, and he made it one of the most popular characters of the Star Wars series.

12. Will Smith


The Matrix is a sci-fi classic. Will Smith was the first choice for Neo, but he refused. He was busy with Wild Wild West, which turned out to be a disastrous failure. The role went to Keanu Reeves; he nailed the part.

13. Josh Hartnett turned down Bruce Wayne


Josh Hartnett was offered the role of Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins by Christopher Nolan. He turned down the role saying it wasn’t for him. Later on, he regretted it immensely, as he lost the opportunity to work in The Prestige.

14. Leonardo DiCaprio


Very few artists have a career as successful as DiCaprio’s, but even he has some regrets. He laments about not being a part of Boogie Nights, a movie he so dearly loves. DiCaprio turned down the role the role of playing Jack Dawson in Titanic. Well, we are thankful he did so!

 

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