Many actors have gone from rags to riches after landing a major role in a blockbuster movie. There are so many of them that listing them will dry our ink. Don't you worry, we would not bother you with those who had their breakthrough in the movie industry by starring in an acclaimed movie rather, we would talk about those who could have made it big if they starred in a film. We present to you the list of 20 Actors who turned down a significant role and regretted it; even though they didn't tell us, they did. However, we believe that these celebs had their reasons. It could have been due to lack of understanding of the script or scheduling conflicts.
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Gwyneth Paltrow - Rose; Titanic
Jack and Rose left us memories that are hard to forget. We doubt if the real Jack and Rose were that sweet. However, we all would have a different picture in our heads only if Gwyneth Paltrow had taken up the role. James Cameron had the actress on his list of actors who would recreate the tragic love story; he originally wanted Paltrow to play Rose. Paltrow, however, turned the role down after digesting the script because she felt the film was too sentimental. Paltrow was probably carried away by the other projects she had at that time. The other works interested her more than 'Titanic.' Paltrow lost the chance of stepping into the limelight in a grand way to Kate Winslet.
Sean Connery - Gandalf; Lord of the Rings
Wait for a second and imagine Sean Connery as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings. Would it have been the same with him playing the role? Connery revealed that he didn't get the hang of the script which made him lost interest. Even though he was offered $10 million for each movie in the trilogy, the actor still turned down the role. Now, you wish you were offered that amount of money. In addition to the $10 million, he would get 15% of the funds generated from the box office for all three movies. We're sorry if that made you feel worse.
Tom Cruise - Edward; Edward Scissorhands
Tom Cruise is a 'happily ever after' kind of actor. Back in, he refused to play the role of Edward Scissorhands because the film director, Tim Burt toon, declined to give the story a happier ending. He should audition for roles with Disney, that would work for him. No offense.
Will Smith - Neo; The Matrix
Will Smith is a critically acclaimed actor who has been in the movie industry since the '90s. His excellent performance in movies makes every filmmaker want to have him in their movie; even if it's just a cameo. He was chosen to play Neo in 'The Matrix because of his roles in movies such as 'Independence Day' and 'Men in Black.' Sadly, Will Smith stated that he didn't understand the plot of the film and that he was a limiting factor. He believed that playing it wouldn't be a smart move as he'd likely not play the role well.
Matt Damon - Jake Sully; Avatar
Matt Damon stole many hearts when he starred in 'The Martians', a movie wherein he had to survive on Mars for several months. Starring in the Sci-Fi movie was a big one for him. Damon would be more popular if he took the offer to play the role of Jake Sully in Avatar, trust us. He, sadly, had to reject the role since he had other commitments. Damon revealed he's still upset about turning down the role. Now, this is an honest person.
Demi Moore - Kit; Pretty Woman
The producers of 'Pretty Woman' had so much hope in Demi Moore to bring 'Kit Deluca,' one of the movie's character, to life. Without any explanation, Moore immediately declined the offer to play Kit, who was Vivian's best friend in the movie. Fortunately for the filmmakers, Laura San Giacomo eventually emerged, and she proved herself to be the perfect candidate for the role. Some believe Demi Moore couldn't have done it better.
Michelle Pfeiffer - Clarice; Silence of the Lambs
The director was said to have sentiments about Jodie Foster's Boston accent, so he offered Michelle Pfeiffer the chance to play Clarice in his novel-based movie titled 'Silence of the Lambs.' Too bad for the film's director, Michelle didn't want to be cast in the film because it had violence in it as portrayed by the novel on which it was based. Foster landed her self on Oscar's stage after she won the 'Best Actress' award, thanks to 'Silence of the Lambs.' She proudly gave her award speech with her Boston accent.
Al Pacino - Han Solo; Star Wars
Here is another actor who backed because he didn't understand the script. Al Pacino refused to work on the first installment of Star Wars because of the stated reason. Al noted that it was very complicated for him to play the central role without grasping the idea behind the plot. He, however, considered playing Han Solo a good deal. Al Pacino wasn't the only one faced with this problem; many other actors refused the role for the same reason. The script must have been full of mystery.
John Travolta - Forrest; Forrest Gump
John Travolta is a renowned actor, yes and he also turned down a significant opportunity to star in one of the greatest movies in the history of cinema. The famous dancer and singer could have been our Forrest Gump only if he took up the role. He probably had a good reason because he refused Forrest Gump to feature in Pulp Fiction. Both movies had several Oscar nominations. However, Forrest Gump won more awards than Pulp Fiction did; six awards specifically. Best Actor went to Tom Hanks that year. Sometime later, the actor admitted that rejecting the role was a mistake. We'd say it was a terrible one. We all make mistakes too.
Mel Gibson - Maximus; Gladiator
Ridley Scott, the director of Gladiator, wanted Mel Gibson to play Maximus in the critically acclaimed movie. Gibson, however, isn't of the same mind. The actor turned down the offer to play the Roman gladiator because he believed he was too old for it. Russell Crowe eventually played that part, and he won the Oscar for Best Actor thanks to his excellent performance.
Charlie Hunnam - Christian Grey; Fifty Shades of Grey
Charlie Hunnam pulled out of the much-hyped Fifty Shades series, losing the role to Jamie Dornan. Truth be told, Hunnam had too much to handle at the time he was asked to join the cast of the film. He had to deal with his show, 'Sons of Anarchy,' and two films; including the 'Fifty Shades' adaptation and 'Crimson Peak.' So he felt he should let go of the former. It was bad news for Sam Taylor-Johnson, the director of the novel-based film. 'We both cried our eyes out on the phone for 20 minutes, Hunnam reported. He added that 'there was a lot of personal stuff going on in my life that left me on real emotional shaky ground and mentally weak. I just got myself so f--king overwhelmed, and I was sort of having panic attacks about the whole thing.'
Emily Browning - Bella; Twilight
Emily Browning did not bother to audition for the role of Bella because she didn't want to get into a trilogy contract at that time. Stephenie Meyer, the author of the book, thought Emily to be the perfect person to bring the Bella in the book to life. As a matter of fact, Emily Browning would have done great; she is a real beauty. Kristen Stewart eventually got the part even though Meyer was never convinced she could do it well.
Robert Pattison - Christian Grey; Fifty Shades of Grey
Since we mentioned Twilight, we thought we should not end this list without saying that Robert Pattison lost a major role as well. It turned out that Pattison was on Sam Taylor-Johnson's wishlist. Reports had it that the Twilight character, Edward Cullen was the inspiration for the novel-based film. So, at the time the book was being turned into a movie, there were speculations that R-Pattz was the first choice to play Christian Grey. The predictions were reaffirmed when Pattison invited the author to a party at his house. However, the actor rejected the role stating that he didn't have time. Jamie Dornan played Christian Grey, and the rest is history.