21 Actors Who Turned Down Major Roles Because They Found Them Offensive, Inappropriate, Or Just Straight Up Intimidating


You are telling me Sandra Bullock may’ve been Neo???


Lily Allen turned down the position of Yara on Recreation of Thrones.

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Alfie Allen’s real-life sister was initially provided the position of Yara (Alfie’s character Theon’s sister) in Recreation of Thrones, however ended up turning it down due to the simulated sexual acts she’d then be doing together with her precise brother. 


Javier Bardem turned down the position of Danny in Minority Report.

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“On the time, it was tough for me to leap right into a foreign-language efficiency,” Bardem mentioned of being provided the position in Minority Report, which ended up going to Colin Farrell. He had already appeared in English-language movie Earlier than Night time Falls, however would not really really feel comfy with English till The Dancer Upstairs. 


Zendaya dropped out of taking part in Aaliyah in Lifetime biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.

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Zendaya revealed on Instagram that she dropped out of the film as a result of “the manufacturing worth wasn’t there.” She additionally mentioned she had tried to succeed in out to Aaliyah’s household to get their blessing for the movie, however couldn’t attain them, so determined to drop out. The movie went on with actor Alexandra Shipp with out the approval of Aaliyah’s household.


Gillian Anderson turned down the position of Cora Crawley in Downton Abbey.

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“If I’m going to be spending that period of time engaged on one thing I’d moderately be working with a director like Martin Scorsese,” Anderson mentioned in a little bit of delicate shade in direction of the sequence. She additionally reportedly turned down a task in Recreation of Thrones for a similar motive.


Will Smith turned down the position of Django in Django Unchained.

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Smith beloved the essential story, however could not see eye to eye with director Quentin Tarantino about its artistic route. “I wished to make that film so badly, however I felt the one means was, it needed to be a love story, not a vengeance story,” Smith mentioned. “I simply couldn’t hook up with violence being the reply. Love needed to be the reply,” Smith defined.


And the position of Neo in The Matrix.

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Coming off the success of a lot of movies, Smith mentioned he was extra occupied with taking what he thought can be a industrial hit, which is why he turned down The Matrix so he may star in flop Wild Wild West. He additionally did not need to be generally known as “the Alien Film Man,” although refusing the position within the massively profitable movie turned a fast remorse.


As did Sandra Bullock.

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The workforce was having hassle discovering Neo, and regarded altering the position to a girl. They despatched the script to Bullock with that data, however she wasn’t within the position, in order that they did not change the script and ended up going with Keanu Reeves.


Liam Neeson turned down the position of James Bond.

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This was truly as a result of his spouse mentioned she would not marry him if he took it, although there is no phrase on why. 


Claire Danes turned down the position of Rose in Titanic.

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This was as a result of she did not need to do one other romance with Leonardo DiCaprio, saying she simply “did not have it in her” after filming Romeo + Juliet. Titanic ended up changing into a a lot bigger success than Romeo + Juliet, however Danes nonetheless says she has no regrets.


Zac Efron turned down the position of Ren in Footloose.

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“I’m positive Footloose would have been an enormous problem, however the actors that I really like and the actors that work actually onerous on this trade are all the time shaking issues up, attempting new genres, buying new talent units,” Efron mentioned of his determination. He did not return to musicals till The Biggest Showman, in what gave the impression to be a deliberate alternative for his profession post-Excessive Faculty Musical.


Laurence Fishburne turned down the position of Jules in Pulp Fiction.

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For this one, it wasn’t essentially about his character, however the movie’s messaging general. “I felt prefer it made heroin use enticing,” Fishburne mentioned. “For me, it’s not simply my character. It’s, ‘What’s the entire factor saying?’” He emphasised that using heroin felt cavalier and free within the movie, and particularly had a difficulty with the adrenaline shot scene.


And Radio Raheem in Do The Proper Factor.

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“There are methods by which [Lee] takes artistic license with Do the Proper Factor that simply didn’t really feel proper to me,” Fishburne informed Vulture, discussing his points with the movie’s ending and calling it “somewhat disingenuous.” He mentioned he understood why folks beloved it, however that it simply wasn’t for him.


Kevin Hart turned down the position of Alpa Chino in Tropic Thunder.

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Within the draft Hart learn, he mentioned the character, who was homosexual, was doing “flagrant” issues he wasn’t comfy with. He then mentioned he would by no means play a homosexual character as a result of he felt his insecurities would preserve him from diving into the position. Whereas he mentioned he had nothing in opposition to LGBTQ folks, he has been accused of anti-gay feedback prior to now.


Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the position of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.

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This hasn’t been confirmed by Gloria or Leo, however one of many movie’s writers, Guinevere Turner, mentioned she suspected Leo dropped out due to Gloria Steinem. “My good friend, who had simply spoken to Gloria Steinem, mentioned that Gloria Steinem took Leonard DiCaprio to a Yankees recreation, I consider, and mentioned, ‘Please do not do that film. Coming off of Titanic, there may be a complete planet filled with 13-year-old ladies ready to see what you do subsequent, and that is going to be a film that has horrible violence towards ladies.’ Quickly after that, Leo dropped out, so who is aware of what actually occurred?”


He additionally turned down roles in enormous franchise sequence akin to Anakin in Star Wars, Peter in Spider-Man, and Robin in Batman Perpetually.

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DiCaprio had conferences for all three movies, however did not actually need to take any of them, saying he wasn’t able to “take that dive.” When requested if he’d ever play a superhero, DiCaprio mentioned “you by no means know” and that superheroes have been changing into extra complicated characters, maybe suggesting he turned these roles down as a result of he felt they weren’t complicated.


Heather Graham turned down the position of Heather Chandler in Heathers.

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Nicely, it wasn’t Graham herself who turned down the position, however truly her dad and mom.  Director Michael Lehmann mentioned, “She was 16 or 17. I even talked to Heather’s mom at nice size to persuade her we weren’t instruments of Devil, and she or he would don’t have anything of it. I actually tried. I imply, I begged her. Heather’s studying was simply nice.”


Tiffany Haddish turned down a task in High 5.

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Haddish turned down the position as a result of it required her to be topless and interact in a simulated intercourse act that concerned “child batter” (in Tiffany’s phrases) happening the character’s face. “I don’t need that position. I’m a slapstick comedian and I don’t let folks do this in my face in actual life, so why would I do it on this film?” Tiffany informed her brokers, which she recounted to the Hollywood Reporter. “Like, you must have somewhat little bit of respect for me, interval. God made this face for a motive, and also you’re not going to disrespect it,” Haddish continued.


Thandie Newton turned down the position of Alex in Charlie’s Angels.

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Thandie ended up dropping out of the movie after the director allegedly excitedly described to her how the primary shot can be of her butt, and the top of the studio advised her character wasn’t plausible as a Black character as a result of she was so educated. The position ended up going to Lucy Liu.


Madonna turned down the position of Nomi in Showgirls.

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The principle position was provided to A-listers like Drew Barrymore, Sharon Stone, and most notably, Madonna. She was truly , however provided that main modifications have been made to the NC-17 movie. The filmmakers refused, so Madonna handed, and so they went with Elizabeth Berkley. The movie ended up changing into a flop, but additionally a cult traditional.


Drew Barrymore turned down the starring position of Sidney in Scream.

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Barrymore may’ve starred within the movie, however as a substitute took a bit half as Casey, the woman at the start of the movie who’s murdered first. She did so as a result of she was sick of the horror film cliché of the “remaining woman” you recognize goes to outlive the entire movie. “What I wished to do is to take that consolation zone away. … I requested if I may very well be Casey Becker, so we might set up this rule doesn’t apply on this movie.”


And eventually, Henry Golding initially turned down the position of Nick in Loopy Wealthy Asians.

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Golding initially did not need to take the position, as he was working as a presenter and had by no means truly acted earlier than. “When the provide got here, they have been like, ‘Oh, do you need to audition for this position? It’s going to be an enormous film.’ I used to be like, ‘Oh, I’ve heard of it. It may be implausible, nevertheless it’s for another person, another person who’s going to convey the A-game, who’s a authentic actor, who the studio’s going to gamble on’ as a result of it is such an enormous deal,” Golding mentioned. Nonetheless, he was satisfied that he can be match, and the remainder is historical past!

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