Sometimes even the star actors, not making out in the proposed role of the potential to refuse to participate in the film.
Can you imagine a dark-skinned Neo from “the Matrix”? Or Michael Corleone, which would be played not Italian? Would fit Leonardo DiCaprio in Star wars?
Familiar movies would look quite different, as we are accustomed to see them, if at the time some of the actors refused roles offered to them.
John Travolta in the role of Forrest Gump (“Forrest Gump”)
John Travolta had to choose between the role in “pulp fiction” and “Forrest Gump.” It’s hard to say why the actor decided to abandon the title role in favor of a minor, perhaps because the character Vincent VEGA seemed closer. Anyway, both roles were eventually nominated for an Oscar, but the Golden statuette only got Hanks.
Hugh Jackman in the role of agent James bond (“Casino Royale”)
Of course, the role of 007 would be successful, even in this no doubt. But on the other hand, all the actors that played in this spy Thriller that will forever remain in the memory of the audience as “Gemsy Bonds.” Hugh Jackman decided to choose another image and played that year in releasemake in “X-Men”.
Sean Connery the role of Gandalf (the trilogy “the Lord of the Rings”)
Sean Connery was the main contender for the role of a wizard from “Lord of the rings,” but the actor refused the role because “I do not understand the script.” Instead, Gandalf played by Ian McKellen, who received for this role, two nominations for the Oscars.
Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of Anakin Skywalker (Star wars)
Despite the drama of the story of Anakin Skywalker, Leonardo DiCaprio, this role showed a few rather flat and not serious enough. Perhaps the actor thought ahead and wanted to select only potentially Oscar-winning character, but anyway, he refused to participate in the filming of the movie “Star wars: attack of the clones” and starred instead in “Gangs of new York.”
Meg Ryan in the role of Vivian (Pretty woman)
In addition to Meg Ryan, from the role of Vivian refused and Winona Ryder and Daryl Hannah. None of them liked the idea that a prostitute may “be somebody,” due to the rich man. This film was clearly fraught with dissatisfaction with the feminist movement, it is better not to risk it. But Julia Roberts decided that it’s worth the risk and it has paid off.
Al Pacino as Han Solo (Star wars)
After learning that he was offered the role of a intergalactic smuggler, al Pacino did not even bother to read the script. As for Harrison Ford, who at that time was considered the actor-loser (seriously he even quit acting for a career of a carpenter), it was the road to glory. As a result, Harrison Ford has become one of the most highly paid actors of the late twentieth century.
Will Smith in the role of Neo (the trilogy “the Matrix”)
Too tricky, too tricky – think will Smith and decided to abandon the role in the movie “the Matrix” in favor of filming “Wild, wild West”. Later, the actor confessed in an interview that he regrets this failure – the film came out really great.
Gwyneth Paltrow in the role of rose (“Titanic”)
Despite the fact that James Cameron really wanted that Gwyneth Paltrow played rose, the actress, this role seemed too melodramatic. At the same time, Kate Winslet begged to take her to this film and this role brought her the first nomination for an Oscar.
Jack Nicholson in the role of Michael Corleone (“the Godfather”)
Jack Nicholson quite deliberately abandoned that role, even not for a moment doubting its success. The actor was confident that Michael Corleone needs to play a real Italian, so that in the end the role went to al Pacino, despite the fact that the bosses of the studios considered him not sufficiently high for this character.
Russell Crowe in the role of Wolverine (“X-Men”)
Not that Russell Crowe himself turned down the role of Wolverine, he just asked so much money that the filmmakers chose to give the performance of this character to an unknown Australian actor, Hugh Jackman. For Hugh it was a real winning ticket, which gave him the green light to the glory of Hollywood.
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