15 Actors Who Turned Down Iconic Movie Roles (And Why)

Most stories we hear about actors turning down roles usually amount to boring scheduling conflicts or money disputes, however, that’s not always the case. 

Sometimes actors have pretty interesting reasons for turning down major movie roles. Like:

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Charlize Theron was offended by a proposed role in Wonder Woman. When she heard there was interest in her to be in the film, Theron says she assumed i

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Will Smith didn't think Django Unchained should be a story about vengeance. 08000 Smith says that even though he badly wanted to play Django, he decid

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Tim Roth thought Harry Potter would cast a shadow on his other work. Roth says he passed on the role of Professor Snape because he was afraid it would

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Matt Damon threw a lot of money away to do The Bourne Ultimatum. Damon says James Cameron offered him a 10% cut of the box office if he came on board

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Jessica Simpson turned down The Notebook because it had a sex scene. According to simpson, she turned down playing Allison because the role would've r

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Jessica Chastain is only interested in being a superhero in the MCU. According to Doctor Strange screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, chastain turned down

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Jason Momoa didn't want to be shirtless in Guardians of the Galaxy. Momoa says he turned down playing Drax because he was tired of being typecast as a

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lan McKellen refused to replace Richard Harris as Dumbledore. McKellen say he declined to take over as the headmaster of Hogwarts after Harris passed

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Hugh Jackman thought James Bond was silly. After the first X-Men movie, James Bond producers were looking at Jackman as a replacement for Pierce Brosn

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Hugh Grant turned down Two and a Half Men because there was no script. Grant says he had to refuse an offer to replace Charlie Sheen on the show becau

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Like everyone else, Harry Styles really didn't see the pandemic coming. an'a In 2019, Styles revealed he turned down the role of Prince Eric in Disney

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Emilia Clarke was too tired of nudity to do Fifty Shades of Grey. RIG B Clarke says that even though she loved Sam -Johnson as a director, she turned

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Playing Rose in Titanic was too much of a deja VU for Claire Danes. Danes says she didn't have it in her to go to Mexico to shoot a romantic epic alon

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Three years in New Zealand was too much for Christopher Plummer. Plummer says he turned down the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy beca

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Amanda Seyfried thought Guardians of the Galaxy would bomb. A G Seyfried passed on the role of Gamora because she didn't want to be attached to the fi

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