Top Ten Roles Big Movie Stars Turned Down

roryanne muldrake By roryanne muldrake, 1st Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
Posted in Wikinut>Celebrities>Personalities

According to Comcast Entertainment, twenty-six movie stars turned down roles that became instant hits for others.

My favorites

These are my top ten favorites:

1 - Al Pacino

Al Pacino turned down the role of Han Solo in "Star Wars"

While I cannot picture anyone else in the role that Harrison Ford made famous, I can see a little bit of "make 'em an offer he can't refuse" attitude working well, even in outer space.

2 - Michelle Pfeiffer

A woman, in my opinion, is the epitome of gorgeous, turned down the role of Vivian Ward in "Pretty Woman".

Michelle Pfeiffer once said that she did not always enjoy playing roles where beauty counted more than acting. While I believe she is the prettiest woman in Hollywood, I also believe she is one of the best actresses around, and I am glad she does not always play roles that only show off her pretty face.

3 - Sean Connery

The original James Bond, and still the best, Sir Connery turned down the role of Gandolf in "Lord of the Rings". He reportedly turned down the role because he did not understand it. "Gandolf, just Gandolf", no, I do not understand that either.

4 - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone Richard Gere, and Burt Reynolds all turned down the role of John McClane in the "Die Hard" series.

I think the unique style and comedic wit of Bruce Willis was the better choice. "Rocky" and the "Governor" lack the brand of humor that Bruce Willis brilliantly incorporates into everything role he plays.

5 - Will Smith

The Fresh Prince turned down the role of Neo in "The Matrix"

I can easily see Will Smith play any role, as he is a talented dramatic actor as well as a comedic actor. The problem I see with Mr. Smith in that role is that I do not think the funny Neo would have come off as well as the emotionless Neo did in the movies.

6 - Russell Crowe

Crowe turned down the role of Wolverine in the "X-Men"

With Russell Crowe's looks, charisma, charm, and talent, I can picture him in that role. A beautiful mind, the leadership of a Commander, and the stamina of a gladiator, I believe Mr. Crowe would have pulled it off. Hugh Jackman possesses the same qualities as Russell Crowe, and he was perfect in the role of Wolverine.

7 - Mel Gibson

Mel turned down the role of Maximus in "Gladiator." Anyone who saw Braveheart or The Patriot knows that Mr. Gibson could have played this part to the maximum, but it is difficult for me to picture anyone else in the role of Gladiator, except Russell Crowe.

8 - Sean Connery, Samuel L. Jackson, and Russell Crowe all turned down the role of Morpheus in the "Matrix" trilogy. If I had to choose, I think that Sean Connery and Will Smith in the roles of Neo and Morpheus would have been a great combination. Laurence Fishburne performed beyond the call of duty as Morpheus, however.

9 - Nick Nolte

Nolte turned down the role of "Indiana Jones"

Also offered the role of Han Solo, Nick Nolte chose not to star in the Indiana Jones film series. One of my all time favorite roles of Nick's was as Tommy Jordache in the powerful television miniseries, Rich Man, Poor Man. His character started out as a boy who got into trouble because his father repeatedly told him he would amount to nothing. I think I would have enjoyed watching Nick Nolte and Sean Connery playing the roles of father and son.

10 - Susan Dey

Susan Dey, of Partridge Family fame, and later a lawyer in LA Law, turned down the part of Sandy in "Grease". I think Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta possesses the right combination of 'tough' guy and 'soft' girl. I also believe that Olivia has the voice of an angel.

Bonus pick (saving the best for last)

O.J. Simpson

The producers of "The Terminator" thought about, and passed over O.J. for the role made famous by Governor Schwarzenegger. The reason was, according to Comcast Entertainment, fans would not have taken Mr. Simpson seriously as a killer.

"No Comment!"


Actors, Hollywood, Movie Roles, Movie Stars

Meet the author

author avatar roryanne muldrake
published writer; now working at home; currently writing for Helium and Examiner

Share this page

moderator Mark Gordon Brown moderated this page.
If you have any complaints about this content, please let us know


author avatar Denise O
1st Dec 2010 (#)

I really enjoyed your article.
I am so glad Bruce Willis did those movies, the guy is HOT!
I'm not much of a action movie kind of girl but, I will watch Bruce any time.
Same with Keanu, I love
me some Will Smith but, I
am so glad he turned that
role down.
Susan Dey as Sandy, nahhh
Thank you for sharing.:)

Reply to this comment

author avatar roryanne muldrake
1st Dec 2010 (#)

Yeah, after watching Susan Dey in LA Law, she didn't seem the 'bubbly' type for Grease.

Reply to this comment

author avatar TheMovieScene
1st Dec 2010 (#)

Definitely saved the best for last. What is amusing is several stars were considered for the role of Vivian in Pretty Woman with a few turning it down because they didn't want to play a prostitue.

Reply to this comment

author avatar aesoplado
1st Dec 2010 (#)

I guess it was meant to be.

Reply to this comment

author avatar roryanne muldrake
1st Dec 2010 (#)

That's funny that they turned down Pretty Woman for that reason. LOL

Reply to this comment

Add a comment
Can't login?