Celebrities who turned down great roles in film and television

Big names in the entertainment scene have immortalized memorable movie roles – and to name a few we can name Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner and Robert Downey Jr. in that of Iron Man. But that wouldn’t be possible if other celebrities hadn’t turned down iconic characters, perhaps because they weren’t interested in the project or because of scheduling conflicts.

With that in mind, CinePOP has separated a list of ten celebrities who have given up major roles in the film and television scene.


Rachel McAdams, known for her work on such works as “Mean Girls,” “True Detective” and “Spotlight,” missed the opportunity to work with Streep on “The Devil Wears Prada” because she wanted more roles. serious and did not connect with the character of Andrea “Andi” Sachs. Director David Frankel said he made the offer to McAdams three times: “We were determined to get it, and she was determined not to.” Anne Hathaway was finally hired.

Our Eternal Drax, from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, told Collider he had the chance to star in the ‘Fast and the Furious’ franchise. Although he did not say which character would play, he admitted that he was not interested, even though he did meet with the executives of Universal Pictures.

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 08: Actor Rob Lowe is seen on April 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by DVT / Star Max / GC Images)

In an interview with Variety, Rob Lowe commented on turning down the role of Dr Derek Shepherd in the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy”. “That’s what longevity, experience and recovery give you. There is no accident, “he said.” Any decision you make, if it’s taken at the right time, it’s not bad. “He also added that if he had accepted the offer, he would not have participated in the comedy “Parks and Recreation”.

Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the most famous actresses of all time and even she has had to walk past some iconic roles. Speaking to The New Yorker, the Oscar nominee said she refused to work on the classic “The Silence of the Lambs,” but didn’t regret it. Pfeiffer would bring Clarice Starling to life, who was ultimately played by Jodie Foster.

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In her book ‘Open Book’, Jessica Simpson revealed that she had the opportunity to play Allie Hamilton in the novel ‘Diary of a Passion’. She was on a flight and “they announced the movie we had to watch was this one. […] I knew what it was about because I read the script and refused because they wouldn’t take the sex scenes off. McAdams ended up playing Allie.

Claire Danes recalls being offered the role of Rose DeWitt in the acclaimed period drama “Titanic” shortly after the success of “Romeo + Juliet” (with her and Leonardo DiCaprio). However, Danes turned down the role because she had just completed a romantic epic and wasn’t ready to return to the same place.

In an interview with People magazine, Brad Pitt admitted that he didn’t agree to star in the sci-fi classic “The Matrix”. Pitt would bring Neo’s iconic character to life, who was ultimately played to Keanu Reeves’ applause.

Matt Damon stars as “Bill” in director Tom McCarthy’s STILLWATER, a Focus Features release. Credit Jessica Forde / Focus Features

Speaking to ET, Matt Damon (“Lost on Mars”) revealed that director James Cameron had called him in to offer him a role in “Avatar” – an offer that would come with 10% of the profits (around 250 million dollars, considering the the actor had to pass on the project and this, to this day, haunts him because he could not have worked with Cameron.

Halle Berry won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2002 for her fantastic performance in “The Last Supper”. Prior to that, however, Berry would star in the 1994 action classic “Maximum Speed”. [no filme] before Sandra Bullock, ”she commented. “I was stupid and said no. But, in my defense, when I read the script, the bus didn’t leave the parking lot. “


When Jimmy Fallon asked Evan Rachel Wood during The Tonight Show if the rumors of his audition for “Mean Girls” were true, the actress was quite adamant and replied, “It’s much worse… I turned it down. role.”

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