50 Celebrities Who Grew to turn out to be Down Foremost Movie Roles


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It’s hard to imagine Legally Blonde with out Reese Witherspoon. Or what about Mountainous with out Kate Winslet??? Nonetheless dangle on to your hats, kids, because both aspects practically went to totally diversified actors. Whether or no longer they declined on legend of scheduling conflicts or for this reason of those traditional “inventive differences,” listed below are 50 actors who modified into down major movie roles (and about a of them potentially feel sorry about their choices, to be accurate!).

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Anne Hathaway – Alison (Katherine Heigl) in Knocked Up

Hathaway modified into down Katherine Heigl’s segment of Alison Scott in Knocked Up, telling Attract it used to be on legend of the movie’s specific delivery scene. “My arena with it used to be that having no longer experienced motherhood myself, I didn’t know how I used to be gonna finally feel on the change aspect about giving delivery,” she said.

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Benicio Del Toro – Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) in Basic particular person Scramble: Into Darkness

Del Toro used to be in talks to play the long-lasting villain Khan within the 2013 Basic particular person Scramble sequel, however the important particular person walked some distance from negotiations after he and the production weren’t ready to agree on the pay, Vulture reported. The buzzy segment ended up within the lap of Benedict Cumberbatch as an change.

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Beyoncé – Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) in Elegance and the Beast

Director Bill Condon wanted Ms. Knowles-Carter for the dwell-action remake of the Disney traditional, but now to now not play Belle, as one would possibly per chance query. “I attempted to obtain her into Elegance and the Beast, but it wasn’t a gargantuan ample segment,” he told Yahoo! Leisure. “She would were a accurate feather duster.” Mon Dieu! It’s no surprise that she modified into down the tiny purpose of Plumette, which went to Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

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Charlie Hunnam – Christian Gray (Jamie Dornan) in Fifty Shades of Gray

Hunnam famously pulled out of the mighty-hyped Fifty Shades adaptation, with the segment now not at as soon as going to Jamie Dornan. Scheduling conflicts between the movie, his picture Sons of Anarchy, and the Guillermo del Toro film Crimson Top grew to turn out to be too mighty to take care of, and Hunnam known as Fifty Shades director Sam Taylor-Johnson with the incorrect news. “We both cried our eyes out on the phone for 20 minutes,” he told V Man. “There used to be a form of private stuff going on in my lifestyles that left me on genuine emotional shaky ground and mentally old fashioned. I upright bought myself so f–king overwhelmed, and I used to be variety of having panic assaults about all the factor.”

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Chiwetel Ejiofor – C (Andrew Scott) in Spectre

The 12 Years a Slave important particular person looked to decline a hefty paycheck to play the villainous purpose of C within the 2015 James Bond entry, Spectre. Emails from the Sony hack indicated that Sherlock’s Andrew Scott snapped up the purpose for 1,000,000 dollars much less.

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Christina Applegate – Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) in Legally Blonde

Applegate admitted that she bought the script for Legally Blonde upright after finishing her picture Married… With Younger folks, and he or she used to be unnerved Elle Woods used to be too identical of a purpose. “I bought apprehensive of additional or much less repeating myself,” she told Leisure Tonight, adding, “What a silly circulation that used to be, genuine?”

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Emily Blunt – Dark Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in Iron Man 2

Blunt came very end to starring as one of many Avengers when she used to be cast in Iron Man 2 for Dark Widow’s first look within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a change, scheduling issues with the movie Gulliver’s Travels led to her dropping by the wayside. “It used to be one of issues that used to be conflicting,” Blunt told MTV Files. “So it’s a disgrace the two of them couldn’t work together. It upright bought sophisticated, so I mediate I had to drag out for my bear sanity better than the relaxation.”

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Emma Roberts – Brit (Ashley Benson) in Spring Breakers

Cry Queens important particular person Emma Roberts used to be effect to important particular person as one of many major gals in Spring Breakers alongside Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. Nonetheless she pulled out of the film, with director Team spirit Korine chalking it as a lot as “inventive differences.” He told the Unusual York Publish, “I construct a selected make of film, and it goes hard. It’s no longer constantly for everyone.” Handsome Itsy-bitsy Liars important particular person Ashley Benson replaced Roberts within the indie hit.

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Emma Stone – Unknown purpose in Ghostbusters

When it used to be announced that Paul Feig would be directing an all-female version of Ghostbusters, the uncover used to be flooded with articles dreaming up the most attention-grabbing cast. Even current important particular person Bill Murray voiced his picks, a list that integrated Stone. Feig it seems agreed, as Stone later revealed she’d modified into down a purpose within the movie after starring in The Unbelievable Spider-Man motion pictures. “The script used to be finally humorous,” she told the Wall Aspect road Journal. “It upright didn’t finally feel adore the helpful time for me. A franchise is a gargantuan dedication—it’s a entire factor. I mediate per chance I want a minute earlier than I dive aid into that water.” Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon ended up as the flick’s leading females as an change.

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Emma Watson – Mia (Emma Stone) in La La Land

A diversified Emma used to be before all the pieces reported to important particular person within the Oscar-nominated musical La La Land, but Watson used to be unable to determine on the purpose for this reason of her dedication to Elegance and the Beast. “I knew I had horse training, I knew I had dancing, I knew I had three months of singing earlier than me, and I knew I had to be in London to finally carry out that,” she said in a SiriusXM Town Hall interview. “And this wasn’t a movie I would possibly per chance well upright extra or much less parachute into. I knew I had to carry out the work, and I had to be the effect I had to be. So scheduling battle-wise, it upright didn’t figure out.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow – Rose Dewitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) in Mountainous

After confessing to Howard Stern in 2015 that she declined a segment in Boogie Nights, Paltrow attempted to evade dialogue of passing on the long-lasting purpose of Rose in Mountainous. “My mother will execute me that I’m talking about turning down movie roles,” Paltrow said. “She says it’s no longer ladylike.” She added that she “couldn’t alternate the past.”

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Hugh Jackman – James Bond (Daniel Craig) in Casino Royale

Jackman told Style that as soon as the search used to be on for a brand fresh James Bond to coach Pierce Brosnan in Casino Royale, a name came asking if he’d be involved. He wasn’t. “I upright felt on the time that the scripts had turn out to be so not likely and loopy, and I felt adore they desired to turn out to be grittier and genuine,” he said. “And the response used to be: ‘Oh, you don’t obtain a voice. You upright maintain to mark on.’ I used to be also unnerved that between Bond and X-Males, I’d never maintain time to carry out diversified issues.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal – Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) in Suicide Squad

After Tom Hardy dropped out of Suicide Squad owing to a packed agenda, Warner Bros. reportedly sought out Gyllenhaal for the purpose of Rick Flag. Alas, he declined the segment that now not at as soon as found its formula to Joel Kinnaman. This came about upright a one year after Gyllenhaal dropped out of Into the Woods on legend of a scheduling battle with Nightcrawler. He used to be to play Rapunzel’s Prince, which went to Billy Magnussen.

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Ja Rule – Tej (Ludacris) in 2 Speedily 2 Angry

The rapper played the tiny purpose of Edwin in 2001’s current The Speedily and the Angry, and the sequel’s director John Singleton offered him a tremendous pay day to contrivance. “Ja bought too gargantuan for himself. He modified into it down. He modified into down a half of 1,000,000 dollars,” Singleton told Grantland. “He used to be acting adore he used to be too gargantuan to be within the sequel. He wouldn’t return calls. I went to the studio to circulation peek him — that’s upright my mantra, I take care of a form of song folks. He used to be kinda taking half in me to the aspect and I used to be adore, ‘What? What’s that this s–t?’ This used to be all initiated by me. I then made a name. I known as Ludacris.” Ludacris, unnecessary to claim, grew to turn out to be a key segment of the massive franchise, starring in five motion pictures as a lot as now.

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Jennifer Hudson – Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) in Precious

The Oscar-a hit American Idol alum admitted in her autobiography, I Bought This: How I Modified My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, that she used to be moved by the Precious script, but “desired to envision up on a purpose that had nothing to carry out whatsoever with [her] weight.” She later backtracked that observation and told the Huffington Publish, “I upright felt the persona used to be doing issues, no longer much less than in my script that I bought, that were areas I didn’t are desirous to circulation and no longer the effect I desired to circulation.” The film’s title purpose as an change modified into Gabourey Sidibe into an Oscar nominee and family establish.

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Jennifer Lawrence – Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) in The Hateful Eight

Director Quentin Tarantino told Leisure Weekly he met with Lawrence to debate starring in his movie, The Hateful Eight, but it used to be to no avail. “She used to be upright doing me a courtesy to peek me, I mediate,” he said. “She used to be doing Pleasure. She had to carry out all this publicity on the Hunger Video games movies. There used to be upright no f—ing device within the arena that she used to be available.” Jennifer Jason Leigh, 28 years her senior, took the segment as an change and landed her first Oscar nod.

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Kevin Hart – Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson) in Tropic Snort

In a 2015 interview with Unusual York’s Strength 105.1 radio effect of living, Hart revealed he modified into down the segment of closeted rapper Alpa Chino in Tropic Snort because he didn’t are desirous to play a tickled persona. “The dude, he used to be doing a form of stuff within the draft that I be taught,” Hart said. “It used to be genuine flagrant… I used to be adore, ‘I will’t carry out this.’” He then went on to teach he didn’t peek himself ever taking on a tickled purpose: “I will’t. No longer because I maintain any sick will or disrespect. It’s because I don’t mediate I’m finally going to dive into that purpose 100 p.c on legend of insecurities about myself attempting to play that segment.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio – Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) in The Imitation Sport

Time limit reported in 2011 that Leonardo DiCaprio had “the inside be conscious” to play Alan Turing in what would turn out to be The Imitation Sport, but a one year later Style said he used to be “now no longer… eyeing the lead.” Benedict Cumberbatch now not at as soon as stuffed the mathematician’s shoes and garnered an Oscar nod for his work. An in-inquire of leading man, DiCaprio has also modified into down roles in Boogie Nights and Steve Jobs.

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Lindsay Lohan – Jade (Heather Graham) in The Hangover

In 2009, it used to be widely reported that Lindsay Lohan had handed on the purpose of Jade the stripper within the fresh The Hangover, a segment that ended up in Heather Graham’s hands. Years later, director Todd Phillips refuted this, telling the Hollywood Reporter, “The truth is, it felt adore she ended up being too young for what we were talking about. People adore to assault her for all the pieces, adore: ‘Ha, she didn’t peek how sizable The Hangover used to be going to be. She modified into it down.’ She didn’t turn it down. She appreciated the script, primarily. It finally used to be an age factor.”

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Ticket Wahlberg – Lead purpose in Brokeback Mountain

Wahlberg reportedly told Premiere journal that he be taught the script for the tickled romance Brokeback Mountain and used to be “a microscopic bit creeped out.” “It used to be very graphic, descriptive,” he said. “I told [director] Ang Lee, ‘I equivalent to you, you’re a proficient man, whenever you maintain to talk about about it extra…’ Fortunately he didn’t.” The resulting film starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, both of whom bought Oscar nominations.

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Matt Damon – Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) in Avatar

Damon handed on the lead purpose in Avatar for this reason of a scheduling battle with The Bourne Ultimatum. Avatar went on to turn out to be the highest-notch-grossing film worldwide of all time, leading Damon to joke to Access Hollywood, “Clearly my no longer collaborating payment the film plenty.” Damon has a ancient past of turning down gargantuan roles: he also declined to play the titular superhero in Daredevil and handed on taking half in Harvey Dent in The Darkish Knight on legend of one other scheduling arena.

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Matthew McConaughey – Ego (Kurt Russell) in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

In an interview with Playboy, McConaughey claimed to maintain modified into down a gargantuan purpose within the Guardians of the Galaxy film in favor of the Stephen King adaptation The Darkish Tower. “I adore Guardians of the Galaxy, but what I seen used to be, ‘It’s a hit, and now we’ve bought room to construct a colourful segment for one other gargantuan-establish actor.’ I’d finally feel adore an modification.” McConaughey didn’t picture what purpose this used to be — Vulture speculated it goes to were a personality reduce from an early version — but experiences that it used to be a villain picture it would possibly per chance per chance well simply were Kurt Russell’s Ego.

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Michael B. Jordan – Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) in Straight Outta Compton

Dr. Dre reportedly wanted Michael B. Jordan to play him in Straight Outta Compton, the NWA biopic. Nonetheless Jordan permitted the purpose of the Human Torch within the sick-fated Improbable Four reboot, making him unavailable. Corey Hawkins bought the segment in Compton, which grew to turn out to be a runaway box office success within the U.S. with $160 million in receipts in contrast with Improbable Four’s paltry $56 million.

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Reese Witherspoon – Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) in Cry

Early within the movie’s pattern, Drew Barrymore used to be effect to play Sidney, but she modified her thoughts and desired to play Casey, who is famously killed off within the movie’s first brief time. A casting hunt led to a proposal for Reese Witherspoon, who modified into it down, paving the model for Occasion of 5 important particular person Neve Campbell to swoop in.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar – Amber (Elisa Donovan) in Clueless

Clueless co-producer Adam Schroeder appreciated Gellar on the cleansing soap opera she used to be then starring on, All My Younger folks. After he confirmed tapes of her to author-director Amy Heckerling, they offered Gellar the purpose of Cher’s nemesis, Amber. “There grew to turn out to be a gargantuan negotiation for All My Younger folks to let her out,” Schroeder told Vanity Handsome. “It used to be upright for a couple of weeks, and they completely caught their feet in [and] wouldn’t let her.” Gellar had no change but to turn down the movie.

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Selena Gomez – Mitchie Torres (Demi Lovato) in Camp Rock

In an E! particular about Gomez, Disney Channel’s Gary Marsh revealed that Gomez used to be the fresh pick for the song-centric movie that starred Demi Lovato opposite Joe Jonas. “She wasn’t prepared to explore that segment of her talent but,” said Marsh. “She desired to fill her acting unpleasant first.”

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Willow Smith – Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) in Annie

The Will Smith-produced Annie remake used to be before all the pieces intended as a important particular person automotive for Smith’s daughter, Willow. Will revealed to an target market at Temple University why that didn’t happen: “Willow had the sort of worldly time on tour with [her song] ‘Whip My Hair’ and he or she said, ‘You perceive Daddy, I don’t mediate so,’ and I said, ‘Itsy-bitsy one, take up!’ I said, ‘No, no, no, hear, you’ll be in Unusual York with all of your buddies… You are going to be singing and dancing,’ and he or she checked out me and said, ‘Daddy, I maintain a better thought, how about I upright be 12.’” Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout Quvenzhané Wallis took over and earned a Golden Globe nomination.

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Will Smith – Neo (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix

Smith modified into down the lead purpose of Neo in The Matrix, which now not at as soon as went to Keanu Reeves. “In the pitch, I upright didn’t peek it,” he later explained to Wired. “I watched Keanu’s efficiency — and intensely no longer often carry out I voice this — but I’d maintain messed it up… At that level I wasn’t desirable ample as an actor to let the movie be. Whereas Keanu used to be desirable ample to upright let it is. Let the movie and the director picture the sage, and don’t attempt and construct every 2d.” Years later, Smith also handed on the title purpose in Django Unchained, which went to Jamie Foxx. He told The Hollywood Reporter he felt the movie must were “a adore sage, no longer a vengeance sage.”

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Zendaya – Aaliyah (Alexandra Shipp) in Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B

Zendaya used to be cast as the unhurried R&B important particular person in a Lifetime biopic, but after backlash ensued, Zendaya pulled out of the TV movie. “The motive why I chose now to now not carry out the Aaliyah movie had nothing to carry out with the haters or folks telling me that I couldn’t carry out it, I wasn’t proficient ample, or I wasn’t shadowy ample,” she explained in an Instagram video. “The foremost causes were the production payment wasn’t there, there were issues with the song rights, and I upright felt adore it wasn’t being handled delicately fascinated about the contrivance back.” She went on to add that she’d been unsuccessful in reaching out to Aaliyah’s family, so she didn’t finally feel “morally okay” doing the movie. She used to be replaced by Alexandra Shipp, who went on to seem in Straight Outta Compton and X-Males: Apocalypse.

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Angela Bassett – Leticia Musgrove (Halle Berry) in Monster’s Ball

Halle Berry grew to turn out to be the first (and as a lot as now top-notch) African-American lady to score the Academy Award for Simplest Actress, for this reason of her work as Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball. Nonetheless it would possibly per chance per chance well’ve been Angela Bassett, who modified into down the segment. “It’s about persona, darling,” she told Newsweek. “I wasn’t going to be a prostitute on film. I couldn’t carry out that because it’s the sort of stereotype about shadowy females and sexuality.”

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