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15 famous actors who abandoned iconic roles

The history of cinema is replete with cases when the actors were “at arm’s length” from roles that later became cult. But for one reason or another, they refused to shoot. However, as you know, they could make these roles as vivid and successful.
1. Sean Connery
Referring to the fact that he “does not dream,” Sean Connery refused to play Gandalf in the film adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings” by Peter Jackson. The role, which was eventually given to Ian McKellen, brought the actor the Best Supporting Actor in a Movie award from the American Screenwriters Guild and the Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

2. Will Smith
Will Smith was initially offered the role of Neo in The Matrix. He refused because the concept was too complicated, and the actor did not believe that the film would show good box office. Well, now everyone knows what a sensation the Matrix made.

3. Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer proposed the role of Clarice Starling in Jonathan Demmey’s adaptation of Silence of the Lambs. She refused because she found the film too cruel and disturbing. The role was given to Jodie Foster, and she brought her a second Academy Award for Best Actress.

4. Al Pacino
Al Pacino was invited to play Han Solo in Star Wars, to which the actor replied that he was not at all interested in this role. Then Harrison Ford came to replace him, and it turned out that the franchise became one of the most successful science fiction epics in history, making Ford a superstar.

5. Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger refused to play Catherine Tramell in the thriller Paul Verhoeven “Basic Instinct”, and this role was given to Sharon Stone. The film became one of the highest grossing in 1992, replenishing the wallet with $ 352 million and brought worldwide fame (as well as 2 MTV movie awards) to the actress.

6. Jack Nicholson
When Jack Nicholson was asked to play Michael Corleone, he already knew that The Godfather would be a great movie. However, he stated that “Indians must play characters written for Indians.” Translating into the “normal” language, Nicholson believed that the Italian should play the role of Corleone, and therefore missed the opportunity to “become the face” of the cult character. The American Film Institute named Michael Corleone performed by Al Pacino one of the most iconic villains in the history of cinema.
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7. John Travolta
John Travolta refused to play Forrest Gump … and that was his huge mistake. In 1994, the film became the highest grossing film in North America. Tom Hanks received an Oscar for “Best Actor” (and in total the film collected 6 Oscars). Travolta subsequently admitted that he regretted his decision.

8. Reese Witherspoon
Considering this to be another second-rate horror movie, Reese Witherspoon refused to audition for the role of Sidney Prescott in Wes Craven’s movie “Scream”. Instead, Neve Campbell played a role.

9. Sandra Bullock
When the filming of Baby in a Million began with delays, Sandra Bullock packed her things and left. Unfortunately for her, the film not only gained commercial success, it also received widespread acclaim from critics. And the actress Hilary Swank, who was replaced by Bullock, received the second Academy Award for Best Actress.

10. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson was first offered to play the role of Bruce Wayne / Batman in the 1989 adaptation of Tim Burton. Thinking that the film would fail, Gibson abandoned the role. Like all Tim Burton films, Batman has been criticized for being “too gloomy.” But this did not prevent the film from achieving huge box office success – 411 million dollars.

11. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet was offered the role of Viola de Lesseps in the 1998 British romantic comedy-drama film Shakespeare in Love. If she agreed, she would have won an Oscar for best actress much earlier in her career (she received it only in 2009). In 98, instead of Kate, Gwyneth Paltrow did this.

12. Julia Roberts
Today, outstanding roles are quite rare, and even more difficult to get an Oscar. Julia Roberts could have won her second Best Actress Award if she agreed to the role of Lee Ann Tuohi in the 2009 film The Invisible Side. But Roberts refused this role to star in Valentine’s Day, a film directed by Harry Marshall, who gave her the previously iconic role of Vivian in Pretty Woman.

13. Bruce Willis
When Bruce Willis abandoned the role of Sam Wheat in the 1990 romantic ghost film Ghost, he missed the opportunity to play the role with his then-wife Demi Moore, as well as to star in the 1990 box office movie itself. The film brought the creators $ 505 million.

14. Sigourney Weaver
When Sigourney Weaver abandoned the role of Sarah Tobias in the 1988 film “The Accused,” Jodie Foster starred in her place. This brought her the first of two Oscars for Best Actress.

15. Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey abandoned the role of Edward Scissorhands, and in the end it was transferred to Johnny Depp. Thus began Depp’s many years of collaboration with director Tim Burton, which played a major role in the popularity of the actor.

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