It seems that some actors made offers that they could refuse. Some will always regret not having accepted that script that they did not understand or did not like. Or they just thought that movie was not going to have the success it finally had. Be that as it may, here we leave the roles that some actors rejected. Not all of them repented
Burt Reynolds rejected one of the most important roles of Star Wars. No, it was not Chewbacca’s, but he’s also a man who boasts of hair on his chest. The good Burt always thought it had been the biggest mistake of his life and blamed his agent for not having informed him correctly about the role…. A carpenter who sometimes worked as an actor, or an actor who sometimes worked as a carpenter, a young man named Harrison Ford, was responsible for giving life to Han Solo.
Will Smith did not feel the chosen one and ruled out to be Neo in Matrix trilogy. In later interviews he says he probably would not have done as well as Keanu Reeves. The film seemed a difficult concept to understand … His wife did take part of the trilogy as Niobe.
Sean Connery, one of the actors who best played the British spy James Bond, did not seem to like the role of the wizard Gandalf of The Lord of the Rings. And that they offered him more than 20 million euros and a 15 percent box office. Not even for all the gold in the world. It is said that the decision cost him more than 300 million euros.
Cary Grant, did not see himself flirting with the girls, chasing the bad guys, driving sports cars and taking Martini … He did not want to be a Bond boy. The opportunity suited Sean Connery very well.
James Caan did not want to be part of the psychiatric interns of Someone flew over the cuckoo’s nest. The truth is that no one in their right mind would want to be in such a place, but he repented later. He did not think that such a wonderful film could be made as Milos Forman did in such an oppressive environment. “It was not too visual.” Jack Nicholson did not mind playing Randle Patrick “Mac” McMurphy.
However, Jack Nicholson did pass an unbeatable offer. He was one of the chosen actors to have been Michael Corleone in The Godfather.
Actress Molly Ringwald was the first choice to get the role Julia Roberts finally accepted and that led to fame. Molly thinks the paper was made for today’s star.
It seems that the fact of being second plate does not pose any problem for Harrison Ford. The actor Tom Selleck, then protagonist of the Magnum series could not be part of Raiders of the Lost Ark and we lost forever to an Indiana Jones with moustache.
John Travolta always thought that not accepting the role of Forrest Gump was a mistake. Tom Hanks did not do it wrong at all, despite not being the first choice. He even won an Oscar for his performance.
Tom Hanks also had to say no to a movie intended for him, Jerry Maguire, but at that time he was filming his film That Thing You Do. Tom Cruise was the perfect choice even for Hanks. “I think if you see the movie now there could be no one better than Tom Cruise.”
Kevin Costner does not seem like the type of actor who knows how to choose his movies very well. He preferred to participate in Waterworld than the Perpetual Chain. Tim Robbins did not have such a bad time in jail.
Kill Bill? And you want me to be Bill? That was what Warren Beatty thought of when he was offered one of the lead roles in Quentin Tarantino’s movie. David Carradine took the role and is one of his great performances.
Michelle Pfieffer vs. Jodie Foster. The director of the film always thought that the role would be perfect for “the” Pfeiffer, although the screenwriter had in mind to Jodie Foster when writing the film. Jodie Foster was finally chosen as Michelle did not want to play a role as violent and black as that of Clarice M. Starling in the Silence of the Lambs.