Here’s Why These 17 Actors Said “Nope” To Major Roles

This is Why These 17 Actors Mentioned “Nope” To Main Roles

Michelle Pfeiffer turned down The Silence of the Lambs as a result of “evil gained ultimately.”


Throughout a 2011 look on The Tonight Present with Jay Leno, Betty White mentioned that she turned down a job in As Good As It Will get due to a scene involving the mistreatment of a canine.

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White defined that within the offending scene, an “cute canine” is thrown down a trash chute. Whereas the canine “lands on some cushions” and is not harm, White mentioned that she “did not need to set that instance.” She added, “After all the movie was an amazing hit, however I did not remorse turning it down.”

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Ian McKellen did not need to tackle the function of Albus Dumbledore within the Harry Potter movies following unique actor Richard Harris’s loss of life as a result of he knew Harris did not suppose a lot of him as a performer.

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In an interview on BBC World Information’ HARDtalk, McKellen defined that when he was contacted about the opportunity of becoming a member of the Wizarding World, he determined, “I could not take over the half from an actor who I would recognized did not approve of me.” The interviewer famous that Harris believed that McKellen (and a few of his friends) had been “technically good, however passionless.” McKellen dismissed this as “nonsense.”

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Passing on Dumbledore evidently wasn’t a lot of a loss, although: McKellan joked that it was he who “performed the true wizard,” a reference to his efficiency as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings movie sequence.

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Michael Gambon took over Dumbledore duties for the remaining movies within the franchise.

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Will Ferrell determined towards starring in a follow-up to the moment vacation traditional, Elf, as a result of he did not imagine in its script and subsequently could not convey himself to enthusiastically promote the movie.

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Ferrell advised The Hollywood Reporter, “I’d have needed to promote the film from an trustworthy place, which might’ve been, like, ‘Oh no, it’s not good. I simply couldn’t flip down that a lot cash.’ And I believed, ‘Can I truly say these phrases? I don’t suppose I can, so I assume I can’t do the film.’”

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“That a lot cash” interprets to, on this case, a cool $29 million.

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In a 1996 New York Occasions interview, Bruce Willis mentioned that he turned down the lead function in Ghost as a result of he did not suppose its central romance made any sense.

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Willis, who would’ve starred alongside his then-wife Demi Moore, mentioned about his choice, “I simply didn’t get it. I mentioned, ‘Hey, the man’s useless. How are you gonna have a romance?’ Well-known final phrases.” He referred to as himself a “knucklehead” for not taking the chance.

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As a substitute, Patrick Swayze performed Sam Wheat reverse Moore as Molly Jensen.

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Leonardo DiCaprio advised ShortList in a 2015 interview that despite the fact that he met with director George Lucas about it, he did not need to play Anakin Skywalker within the Star Wars prequels as a result of he “simply didn’t really feel able to take that dive.”

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He felt the identical manner about taking part in Robin in Batman Perpetually. After confirming that he took a gathering to debate the function with the director, DiCaprio defined, “Joel Schumacher is a really gifted director however I don’t suppose I used to be prepared for something like that.”

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The function of Anakin finally went to Hayden Christensen, whereas Robin was performed by Chris O’Donnell.

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Talking of turning down Star Wars: Toshiro Mifune, an actor recognized for his performances in movies directed by Akira Kurosawa, rejected presents to play each Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, due to issues over whether or not the standard of the particular results obtainable on the time can be to the movie’s detriment.

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Based on The Hollywood Reporter, Mifune’s daughter Mika talked about her father’s choice at a 2015 occasion to advertise the primary Tokyo Comedian Con. She mentioned, “I heard from my father that he was supplied the function of Obi-Wan Kenobi, however he was involved about how the movie would look and that it will cheapen the picture of samurai, on which George Lucas had based mostly a variety of the character and preventing type.”

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Mifune went on, “On the time, sci-fi motion pictures nonetheless seemed fairly low-cost as the results weren’t superior and he had a variety of samurai delight. So then, there was discuss him taking the Darth Vader function as his face can be lined, however ultimately he turned that down too.”

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Alec Guinness performed Obi-Wan Kenobi, whereas Darth Vader was performed by David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones.

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In a 2013 interview with Bullett, Jonah Hill mentioned he was supplied “any one of many three principal elements in The Hangover” by the director, Todd Phillips. However he turned it down out of a concern of being “often known as ‘The Man from Superbad’ for the remainder of my life.”

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Hill defined, “I knew I may very well be a dramatic actor, however I additionally knew I couldn’t go from Superbad to Schindler’s Checklist.”

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The three core stars of The Hangover ended up being Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis.

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Zac Efron determined to not tackle the starring function of Ren McCormack within the 2011 remake of Footloose with a purpose to problem himself and develop as an actor.

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In a 2009 interview with Leisure Weekly, Efron mentioned, “I’m certain Footloose would have been an enormous problem, however the actors that I like and the actors that work actually arduous on this trade are all the time shaking issues up, attempting new genres, buying new ability units. That’s what’s all the time going to enchantment to me: the unknown.” On the time, he was recent off his work as Troy Bolton within the Excessive College Musical trilogy, which concluded the yr prior.

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Ren McCormack was performed by Kenny Wormald as an alternative.

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Zendaya left the lead function in TV film Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B as a result of she was involved concerning the movie’s manufacturing and her lack of ability to obtain the blessing of Aaliyah’s household.

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In statements posted to Instagram, Zendaya mentioned, “The primary causes had been the manufacturing worth wasn’t there. … There have been problems with the music rights. And I simply felt prefer it wasn’t being dealt with delicately contemplating the state of affairs. And I attempted my finest to succeed in out to the household by myself and I wrote a letter, however I used to be unable to take action. Subsequently I felt probably not morally okay with transferring ahead with the mission.”

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Alexandra Shipp took over the function in Zendaya’s place.

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In an interview with Vulture, Laurence Fishburne mentioned that taking part in Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction “wasn’t for me,” even supposing Quentin Tarantino “wrote that half with me in thoughts.”

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Fishburne took concern with the best way drug use was depicted within the movie. He mentioned, “I simply had an issue with the best way the heroin use was handled. I simply felt it was somewhat cavalier, and it was somewhat unfastened. I felt prefer it made heroin use engaging. For me, it’s not simply my character. It’s, ‘What’s the complete factor saying?'”

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In the end, Samuel L. Jackson took on the function of Jules.

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Christina Applegate determined to not play Elle Woods in Legally Blonde as a result of she was afraid it was too much like roles she’d performed prior to now, particularly Kelly Bundy on Married… with Kids.

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Applegate advised ETonline, “The script got here alongside my manner and it was proper after I had simply completed, Married […with Children], and it was a blonde who in that first script did not win it however finally ends up going to Yale, or Harvard, I do not keep in mind. I obtained afraid of type of repeating myself.”

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She added, “What a silly transfer that was, proper?”

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Reese Witherspoon performed Elle as an alternative, and Applegate mentioned she “did a a lot better job than I ever may” with the function.

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Michelle Pfeiffer advised the New Yorker that she determined to not play Clarice in The Silence of the Lambs due to the grim nature of the story and, specifically, its ending.

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Pfeiffer mentioned, “There was such evil in that movie. The factor I most remorse is lacking the chance to do one other movie with Jonathan [Demme, the director].”

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She went on, “It was that evil gained ultimately, that on the finish of that movie evil dominated out. I used to be uncomfortable with that ending. I didn’t need to put that out into the world.”

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Jodie Foster was forged as Clarice as an alternative, and gained the Academy Award for Greatest Actress for her efficiency.

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Throughout a 2019 look on The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon, Eddie Murphy mentioned that he turned down the function of Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit as a result of he did not suppose that animation and live-action would work collectively.

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Murphy mentioned that on the time, he thought, “What? Animation and folks, that seems like bullshit to me.” However he referred to as the film the one one he “ever turned down that turned an enormous hit,” and mentioned that when he watches it now, he “really feel[s] like an fool.”

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Bob Hoskins was forged as Eddie Valiant, as an alternative.

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In an excerpt from his memoir Placing the Rabbit within the Hat printed in GQ, Succession star, Brian Cox, defined why he turned down two main roles: King Robert Baratheon in Recreation of Thrones and the Governor within the Pirates of the Caribbean sequence.

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Baratheon did not enchantment to Cox for 2 easy causes: It did not pay notably effectively, and his character was going to die in Season 1, anyway. Cox wrote, “However when [the role] was initially supplied the cash was not all that nice, shall we embrace. Plus I used to be going to be killed off pretty early on, so I wouldn’t have had any of the advantages of the long-term results of a profitable sequence the place your wages go up with every passing season. So I handed on it, and Mark Addy was gored by the boar as an alternative.”

As for Pirates, Cox referred to as the Governor’s half “essentially the most thankless” within the movie, and famous that being caught in a franchise would’ve meant passing on “all the opposite good issues” he is labored on. And in addition to, he wasn’t all that enthusiastic about working with the movie’s star, Johnny Depp.

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Cox wrote, “One other factor with Pirates of the Caribbean is that it’s very a lot the ‘Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow’ present, and Depp, personable although I’m certain he’s, is so overblown, so overrated. I imply, Edward Scissorhands. Let’s face it, if you happen to come on with fingers like that and pale, scarred-face make-up, you don’t must do something. And he didn’t. And subsequently, he’s achieved even much less.”

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The roles of King Baratheon and the Governor went to Mark Addy and Jonathan Pryce, respectively.


Denzel Washington advised GQ that he regretted turning down a job within the 2007 movie Michael Clayton over fears about director Tony Gilroy’s expertise (or lack thereof).

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Washington mentioned, “With Clayton, it was the most effective materials I had learn in a very long time, however I used to be nervous a couple of first-time director, and I used to be mistaken. It occurs.”

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In an interview with Wired, Will Smith mentioned that he determined to not settle for the function of Neo in The Matrix as a result of he wasn’t satisfied by the movie’s pitch.

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He mentioned, “You recognize, The Matrix is a troublesome idea to pitch. Within the pitch, I simply did not see it. I watched Keanu’s efficiency — and really hardly ever do I say this — however I’d have messed it up. I’d have completely tousled The Matrix. At that time I wasn’t good sufficient as an actor to let the film be. Whereas Keanu was good sufficient to simply let or not it’s.”

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After all, Keanu Reeves is the actor who simply let The Matrix be.

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Nicolas Cage advised Folks that he let roles in each The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix move him by as a result of he wished to concentrate on his household.

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Whereas discussing his film, The Insufferable Weight of Large Expertise, Cage mentioned, “There is no model of Nic Cage in actuality that does not need to spend time along with his kids. There is no model of Nic Cage that did not put household first over profession. I turned down Lord of the Rings and I turned down Matrix as a result of I did not need to go to New Zealand for 3 years or Australia for 3 years as a result of I wanted to be dwelling with my son Weston, that is a truth.”

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