When a film or television show releases and becomes a massive hit, it’s hard to imagine anyone else portraying the various different characters. There’s something about the chemistry between the cast and the dedication put into making the role believable. While we won’t have to worry about these actors potentially ruining our favorite shows and films, they are certainly kicking themselves for turning down the roles. You won’t believe what some actors turned down. From not being paid enough, fear of being typecast in certain genres, to even simply not finding the role worth their time. Here are 20 films and shows that could have been totally different if the original actor or actress took the job.
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80’s film icon sensation Molly Ringwald is best remembered for films such as The Breakfast Club, 16 Candles and Pretty in Pink. Slowly her fame started to dwindle away as she lost out on amazing film roles. One of which was the lead female role Vivian in Pretty Woman. The role ended up going to Julia Roberts which was a huge career-making film for her.
John Travolta has had a successful career within the film industry, however, that doesn’t mean he didn’t have his share of bad luck. The role of Forrest Gump in the movie of the same name was originally offered to Travolta. After turning it down, he admits that he made a poor decision once the film released.
Twilight is a massive franchise that Emily Browning must be regretting on not taking part. Emily was asked to audition for the role of Bella Swan, but she refused. Coming straight from her recent film The Uninvited, Emily was not eager to jump into another film production. Kristen Stewart got the role and the film went on to become a global success.
Matthew Broderick was almost the one who knocks. The actor, known for his work in the film industry, almost landed a role in Breaking Bad as Walter White. Originally the role went to Matthew Broderick but he turned it down and show creator Vince Gilligan managed to get the actor he wanted from the start, Bryan Cranston.
Wolverine, Hugh Jackman himself almost became James Bond. The role of James Bond was given to a variety of actors and the next to receive it after Pierce Brosnan. Jackman decided to pass as he felt that doing the role would typecast him into doing just action films. More recently, Jackman has stated that he would be interested in taking the role if he was ever asked again. Currently, Daniel Craig holds a contract for a select amount of James Bound based films.
Will Smith is a popular actor and is responsible for some pretty massive roles. When it came to The Matrix, Will Smith passed up on the role of Neo so he could pursue the movie Wild Wild West. After both films released, Will Smith stated that he was completely fine with his decision and applauded Keanu Reeves’ performance.
The Pirates of The Caribbean series probably wouldn’t be as popular if it weren’t for Johnny Depp’s performance as Captain Jack Sparrow. When the film was in the process in casting actors, director Gore Verbinski originally wanted Jim Carrey to portray our favorite odd pirate. When the film was set to being production Jim Carrey had to turn it down as he was beginning production with Bruce Almighty.
The role of Forrest Gump from the movie of the same name couldn’t go to a better actor than Tom Hanks. This was an instant classic, but more than a few actors went for the role. Bill Murray was one of those actors that was in talks of playing the character though he claims that a script was never sent to him.
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