Actors Who Turned Down Legendary Roles
Could you imagine turning down a movie role that turns out to be a classic movie or a classic character? I am not in the acting game but this would be like turning down a lower paying job and then finding out the guy who took the job became the CEO of the company 10 years later. That has to hurt.
Now, a lot of the people on this list have done just fine in their careers and went on to put out some epic performances in epic movies. They have all talked about the role that they wish they did not turn down in interviews so this list is accurate. Could you imagine someone other than Marlon Brando playing Don Corleone in The Godfather? I couldn’t fathom it. It would not be the same movie if someone else tried to portray that character.
How about someone other than Tom Hanks playing Forrest Gump? I don’t think the movie would work.
Now there are lots of movies where fans wish that the actor turned down the role. I can think of a few right off the bat. George Clooney as Batman. That was just a bad choice of casting and movie role choosing. Michael Keaton was amazing as Batman, then Val Kilmer donned the suit and it was decent but then it all went downhill went Clooney took the role. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in that Batman movie was just terrible as well.
Has anyone seen Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves? It’s actually one of my favorite movies ever. It stars Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, and Alan Rickman. The last 3 actors I mentioned did a really good job. They even put on British accents (Alan Rickman is British so he didn’t have to change). Kevin Costner on the other hand, did not even try the British accent. It was a good movie but a poor choice of casting.