The lack of intuition and other reasons led them to say no to directing movies or playing roles that were very successful at the box office. Did you know that Tom Selleck refused to be Indiana Jones? Or that John Travolta did not accept the role of Neo, in The Matrix? If they get to know the critical and public success that these films have had, another rooster would sing to them. Ben Affleck is news right now, having been one of the last to say no. Nothing less than to direct Superman. However, having Christopher Nolan behind, the project has guarantees of success and may come to regret.
Joaquin Phoenix rejection Work on Scream
Before receiving all kinds of praise for his excellent performance in 'Gladiator' the actor was clear that he should take his career very seriously, so in the 90s he did not mind saying "no" to the first two installments of 'Scream' to be a clearly 'teen' product. Other projects that he did not pay attention to were 'Boogie Nights', in which Mark Wahlberg would finally give life to the porn star, and 'American History X', whose protagonist was also described by the actor as "in bad taste" .
Leonardo DiCaprio said no to Robin
The actor does not seem to be too tempted by the superheroes, as he said no to the role of Robin, who finally played Chris O'Donnel, and Spiderman, which finally went to his friend Tobey Maguire. He was also a candidate to play Anakin Skywalker in episode II of Star Wars.
Silvester Stallone on Seven?
The muscular actor could have played Detective David Mills in Seven. Nicolas Cage was also shuffled for the role. What would have happened if I had said yes? Would the movie have had the same success?
Ben Affleck and Superman
His bad experience in the world of superheroes, after the unfortunate Daredevil, made Affleck say no to direct Superman: The man of steel. Warner and DC entrusted the task of channeling the resurrection of Superman to Christopher Nolan and he was the one who tempted Aflleck for the project. He'll regret it? Time will tell.
Marty McFly in Back to the Future (1985). "Rejected" by Eric Stoltz. Played by Michael J. Fox
The quotes respond to the fact that, in fact, Stoltz did not reject the role, but was the director of the film, Robert Zemeckis, who decided to dispense with him (when the shooting had already begun) to think that it was not suitable for the role . The end of the story is written in capital letters in the annals of popular culture: Michael J. Fox will forever be the Marty McFly of our cinephile youth, while Eric Stoltz will remain in a corner of our memory, perhaps like the camel of Pulp Fiction or Lawrence Selden from The House of Joy.
Kate Winslet rejected Viola in 'Shakespeare in love'
The British actress may have been Viola De Lesseps in 'Shakespeare in Love', played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Nor was seduced the role of Anna Leonowens in the file 'Anna and the King', who gave life to Jodie Foster.
Michelle Pfeiffer did not let herself be seduced by Clarice Starling
The beautiful actress rejected the role of Clarice in the movie The silence of the lambs. Jodie Fostar won the Oscar for best actress for her performance. The movie also won the golden statuette for best film, best director, best actor, and best adapted screenplay. In addition, he received a Saturn Award, a BAFTA Award and around twenty American and international film awards.
Uma Thurman rejected the role of Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings
Uma Thurman who rejected the role of Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings, like Kate Winslet and who was finally played by Miranda Otto.
Bruce Willis refused to be the Protagonist of Ghost
The actor of 'Crystal Jungle' (whose script was going to be used by Arnold Schwarzenegger for 'Commando 2' before discarding it) did not want to star in the romantic 'Ghost' with which he would become his wife on the grounds that interpreting a ghost would be Oddly enough". Simply add that years later he would be encouraged to do 'The Sixth Sense', with one of the most amazing endings of recent years. And there are too many words.
Daniel Day Lewis rejected the role of Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings
Like Uma Thurman, Daniel Day Lewis also rejected a role in the film The Lord of the Rings, and again a protagonist, the role of Aragorn that finally played Viggo Mortensen. We must remember that Daniel Day Lewis was away for five years from 1997 to 2002, just the period in which The Lord of the Rings was being filmed.
Mel Gibson as Gladiator?
Can you imagine Mel as Máximo fighting against the barbarians? He should not have seen himself in the role that Russell Crowe finally played. A pity: The film won five Oscars, including the award for best film and best actor, and was a candidate in seven other categories.
Sandra Bullock refused to be The boxer in the movie Million Dollar Baby
Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd rejected the role of boxer in the Clint Eastwood film, Million Dollar Baby, which was finally played by Hilary Swank and who won an Oscar.
David Schwimmer agent J Men in black '
This comedian who in the 90s triumphed with the series 'Friends' was the first option at the time of preparing the casting for 'Men in black'. However, at the last moment, Schwimmer thought that the role of young agent J was not for him, so it would be Will Smith who would benefit from this great success. Of course, the Prince of Bel Air is not free on this list, and knowing that he preferred to stay at home instead of crushing the persistent Smith in 'Matrix' to understand that the film worked alone and did not leave the acting freedom to the actor.
Tom Cruise refused to be Eduardo Scissorhands
Tom Cruise did not want to participate in Edward Scissorhands of Tim Burton who was finally played by Johnny Deep, someone sees Tom Cruise in this role because he certainly does not even painted Deep.
Tom Selleck and his refusal to be Indiana Jones
Associating Indiana Jones with someone other than Harrison Ford seems impossible. Well, Tom Selleck was about to put on the hat of the most famous archaeologist of the cinema. What happened is that Selleck already had a signed contract to interpret the series 'Magnum, Private Investigator'.
Meg Ryan could be Pretty Woman
The blonde actress may have been America's girlfriend. But he said no. Big mistake: The movie went directly to number one in the US box office and raised more than 460 million dollars worldwide. Julia Roberts won a Golden Globe in the category of «Best comedy or musical actress»
Sean Conney dispatched Hanibal Lecter
Good roles are not lacking in his career, but the Scottish actor decided not to play Hannibal Lecter in? The Silence of the Lambs ?. Nor did he want to be Morpheo in? Matrix? and rejected the role of Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings."
Will Smith as Neo
He could have played Neo but preferred to star in 'Wild Wild West'. "Matrix is a difficult concept to understand and I could not understand it." Intuition or intuitions failed him.
John Travolta refused to be Forrest Gump
"Silly is the one who does nonsense," says Forrest Gump. Well, silly is what Travolta should have thought after he said no to this role and see the success of the film. The film received 13 nominations for the Oscars and won 6, including best film, best director (Robert Zemeckis) and best actor (Tom Hanks).
Sean Connery rejected the role of magician Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings
The Scottish interpreter was very close to being the magician Gandalf in the trilogy of 'The Lord of the Rings' to the detriment of Sir Ian McKellen, but at the last moment rejected the proposal after not understanding the whole story. A decision very similar to the one he took with the role of Morfeo in 'Matrix', another script that he found deeply confusing. Well, after the immense success of these two blockbusters Connery thought it was time to try their luck in this type of film and agreed to participate in the calamitous 'League of extraordinary men', a commercial hit.
Gwyneth Paltrow refused to be Rose in 'Titanic'
In doing so he said no to a film that had 14 nominations for the Oscars and won no less than 11, including the best film and best director. Of course, Kate Winslet remained a candidate for the statuette, that year (1997) was for Helen Hunt in Best impossible. Raised more than 1,800 million dollars worldwide.