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Movie Roles That Stars Turned Down

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by YankeeFan, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    It's always hard to know which of these are true, but I always find them interesting to consider:


    While there are some big roles turned down here, most of the stars still had big careers.

    Molly Ringwald might be the one most regretting her decisions. She hasn't been seen in much since.

    And Drew Barrymore might have been the smartest (or at least the luckiest).
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Richard Gere made his career on John Travolta's turn-downs (Officer and a Gentleman, American Gigalo).
    I know Harrison Ford was the second choice for Indiana Jones (Tom Selleck) and maybe a couple of other roles.
    Mark Wahlberg also seems to get a lot of roles passed on by others.
  3. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Meant to put this in Anything Goes.
  4. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    A lot of these I wouldn't even consider mistakes. Matt Damon turns down Avatar, ok, but it's not like his career is over, or even phased.
  5. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Rod Steiger-Patton. He would've been good. Looked more like him than Scott. Still, Scott was great in the role.
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Ringwald said recently that she turned down Pretty Woman before it was re-written.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Stallone turned down Beverly Hills Cop.

    Harrison Ford backed out of Die Hard at the last minute.
  8. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Molly Ringwald would have been a crappy high-class hooker.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Michelle Pfeiffer turned down Silence of the Lambs.
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I thought I remember reading that while Tarantino initially wanted Madsen to play Vincent Vega in Pulp, he said he couldn't do it because he already played Vic Vega in Reservoir Dogs.
  11. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I know discussing roles you passed on is taboo, but I think Damon's early career was made with roles passed on by Brad Pitt.
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Talented Mr. Ripley and The Bourne Trilogy off the top of my head and I think Pitt passed on The Legend of Bagger Vance as well.
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