14 actors who were brought potentially successful roles on a saucer, but they refused

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To ordinary viewers, far from the subtleties of working in the film industry, it may seem that any actor is willing to sacrifice anything to get the lead role in a film. However, this is not entirely true. Often, for various reasons, the stars resolutely refuse roles, even if the directors beg them to take part in the filming.

We are in found that among such “rejected” roles there are quite a few that do not go unnoticed and become cult. And now it is even difficult to imagine that once these characters had to play completely different actors.

The role of Sam Whit was offered to Bruce Willis and Patrick Swayze

Bruce Willis was married to Demi Moore at the time he was offered the lead role in the film. However, after learning about the plot, he was puzzled: how do the creators plan to make a strong romantic line with the dead guy in the form of a ghost? In general, he did not believe in success and quite easily refused.

Swayze, in turn, was initially in no hurry to get acquainted with the role. Only thanks to the wife who she insisted on this, he still began to read the script and finished in one sitting, moved to tears and fully ready to take on the proposed role.

Starring Daisy Domerg – Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Jason Lee

For one of the main roles in the film “Disgusting Eight”, namely the role of the convicted Daisy Domerg, Quentin Tarantino initially wanted madly to get Jennifer Lawrence. And not just like that, but because he is a fan of her, which he personally admitted. However, the collaboration was hampered by the actress’ busy schedule.

According to Tarantino, he had the general impression that Jennifer met him simply out of politeness, because at that time she was in the lead role in the movie “Joy”.

The role of James Bond – Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan

As Liam himself admits, in the early 90’s the role of Bond he did not even have time to offer a direct text. There were only a couple of superficial conversations with the film’s producer – the creators at the time were considering a large number of candidates, including him.

But even these half-hints of his then only girlfriend Natasha Richardson were enough, and she frankly stated“Honey, if you’re offered the role of James Bond and you agree, I won’t marry you.” Afterwards, they really tied the knot and the actor teased his wife for a long time, singing a melody from the movie during the quarrel.

Starring Sidney Prescott – Drew Barrymore and Neve Campbell

As it turned out, the main role in the horror hit “Scream” was originally offered Drew Barrymore, however, she refused due to personal beliefs: according to her, she was tired of the movie cliché with the predictably surviving main character. Therefore, to shock the audience, Drew suggested that the director take her on a minor and very small role Casey Becker – a girl who appears only at the beginning of the film. And the main role was eventually played by Neve Campbell.

The role of Gandalf – Sean Connery and Ian McKellen

Now we know the Lord of the Rings series as a world hit, but at the very beginning the film studio considered the film adaptation very risky enterprise: a huge budget, a relatively unknown director, and the lack of big names in the cast caused a lot of doubt.

In the end, it was decided to invite the famous Sean Connery to at least one of the main roles, such as the mighty magician Gandalf. However, despite the persuasions and the promise of fabulous fees, he still refused, explaining that he did not understand the script. And now the whole world knows the key character of the fantasy saga played by Ian McKellen.

The role of Michael Corleone – Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino

It is known that in general Nicholson was not against playing this role, but in the end still refused, and not because of employment or doubts about the success of the project. On the contrary, the actor considered the role significant and said that given the Italian roots of the character, he must be played by an Italian. According to him, many actors could to play Michael Corleone, but it was Al Pacino who was born for the role.

Starring Vivian – Sarah Jessica Parker and Julia Roberts

As it turned out, at first Julia Roberts was not a favorite: the Disney studio as a whole did not want to take her on the lead role. But were considered dozens other actresses such as Sandra Bullock, Winona Ryder, Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker and others.

But all of them eventually dropped out for different reasons: some creators thought they were too young for the role, saying their firm “no” after the audition, while others refused, fearing for their reputation. In the end, the role was still taken by the then little-known Roberts, who broke the bank.

The role of Neo – Johnny Depp and Keanu Reeves

The creative paths of Johnny Depp and Keanu Reeves have crossed many times, and one of the cases was related to the “Matrix”. The first one chose Wachowski himself for the role of Neo, was Depp. Even Warner Brothers, which disagreed with this and looked to someone like Brad Pitt, eventually agreed and decided to hire him.

But Depp refused, giving Reeves the opportunity to prove himself, in whose place it is now difficult to imagine anyone else.

The role of Ego is Matthew McConaughey and Kurt Russell

In the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy – 2” one of the key roles, namely the role of the main antagonist named Ego, could play Oscar-winning Matthew McConaughey. Rumors that the actor may will be removed in the comic book project, went back when he said he read scripts from DC and Marvel. Only the fans were a little mistaken with their assumptions.

But in any case, Matthew in the end refusedas he preferred to work on the space saga of another high-profile project – the film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “The Dark Tower”.

Starring Harvey Dent – Matt Damon and Aaron Eckhart

Refusal Damon from the prominent role of Harvey Dent in Christopher Nolan’s film was mainly related to his participation in another film. The actor noted that there he was the main character, and here he was offered a relatively small role, so I had to choose. Interestingly, Damon later played in Nolan’s other project, Interstellar. And this time he was already trying to become part of the director’s film crew.

The role of Rose – Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet

Now Kate Winslet’s face automatically appears before the eyes of viewers all over the world when Rosa from the Titanic is mentioned. And it’s hard to imagine what this character was originally embodied on the screen could another actress – Gwyneth Paltrow.

When asked why she refused, the actress does not give a clear answer and only indicates that any actor in his professional path sometimes mistakenly agrees to failed roles and abandons potentially successful projects. So she just tries to look at it philosophically.

The role of Maximus – Mel Gibson and Russell Crowe

Given the role of the cool guy Gibson gained through his roles in “Mad Max” and “Braveheart” and the already popular popularity, it is not surprising that he became the first candidate to appear on the screen of Maximus.

However, the actor refused and not even for employment at all, but for practical reasons: he admitted that he considered himself too old for such an abundance of dynamic scenes. Eventually, Russell Crowe took the lead, whom Gladiator quickly lifted to the podium and made a Hollywood star.

The role of Noah Calhoun – George Clooney and Ryan Gosling

In 2020, George Clooney confessedthat he was originally supposed to play the protagonist of the film at a young age paired with Paul Newman, who was to embody on the screen an adult Noah. They really wanted to work together.

But after some serious thought, as well as after watching movies with Newman in the lead role, Clooney still decided to give up. The actor explained his decision by saying that he does not consider himself beautiful enough against the background of the master, which means that they will be strikingly different on the screen and will not look convincing. As a result, the role of Noah was played by the charming Ryan Gosling and did not lose.

Starring Jake Sally – Jake Gyllenhaal and Sam Worthington

Initially, the lead role in “Avatar” was offered to Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal. However, their refusal is rather pleased directed by James Cameron, rather than upset.

He once admitted that he originally predicted the role of then-unknown Australian actor Sam Worthington, but was forced to offer it to higher-class stars to reassure Fox executives, who, thanks to famous actors, hoped to increase box office and compensate for the project. And when these actors refused, the role naturally went to Sam, who thanks to the successful launch of the project has already woken up as a star.

What films, in your opinion, would have thundered louder if the actors who were the first to receive an offer to play them did not refuse?

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