Hindsight Is 20/20: Stars That Turned Down Awesome Roles


Molly Ringwald offered Pretty Woman role

Celebrities try to choose roles that seem to be a good fit or maybe even a challenge. Of course, all actors want a role that will bring them accolades and the big bucks.

Let’s take a look at Hollywood stars that turned up their nose at parts that turned out to be major hits! Hindsight’s 20/20.

Here are the actors that missed major opportunities by passing on these great roles. But most worked out the way it should and we can’t imagine anyone else in the role.

Will Smith passed on Neo in “The Matrix”

Will Smith and Keanu Reeves

Will Smith was offered the role as Neo in “The Matrix” because he just didn’t see the concept of the movie.

The film did well but Will said he has no regrets about turning it down. He said, “I would have messed it up. At that point I wasn’t smart enough as an actor to let the movie be. Whereas Keanu was smart enough to just let it be. Let the movie and the director tell the story, and don’t try and perform every moment.”

Gwyneth Paltrow passed up playing Rose Dawson in “Titanic”

Gwyneth Paltrow passed Titanic

Gwyneth Paltrow passed up playing Leonardo DiCaprio’s love interest, Rose, in the movie “Titanic”. We’re glad she didn’t take the part because we loved the chemistry between Kate and Leo.

Molly Ringwald passed up “Pretty Woman”

Molly Ringwald offered Pretty Woman role

Molly Ringwald was a very popular actress in the ’90s and was offered the role as prostitute Vivian in “Pretty Woman”. Julia Roberts landed the role that launched her career. We think Molly was too “cutesy” to play a call girl. Julia Roberts was sexy in the role.

Anne Hathaway passed up the role as Tiffany Maxwell in “Silver Linings Playbook”

Anne Hathaway offered "Silver Linings" role

Anne Hathaway passed up the chance to play quirky sex-addict Tiffany Maxwell in “Silver Linings Playbook”, which truly launched Jennifer Lawrence into stardom. J-Law won Best Actress for the part at the Oscars 2013. We think Jennifer was the best choice anyway.

Keanu Reeves turned down the role as Chris in “Platoon”

Keanu Reeves passed up Platoon

Keanu Reeves was up for the role of Chris in “Platoon”, but Keanu turned it down because of the violence. He didn’t want to do violence.”

The role went to Charlie Sheen, who had auditioned for the film in 1984 when he was 17. Director Oliver Stone said he had Charlie read again in 1986 and “he’d grown and seemed perfectly wide-eyed and had a vaguely privileged look.”

Matthew Broderick was offered the role of Walter White in the series “Breaking Bad”

Matthew Broderick as Walter White?

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” star Matthew Broderick was offered the role of Walter White on AMC’s hit drama “Breaking Bad”.

Thankfully Vince Gilligan kept pushing for Bryan Cranston in the role, which has landed Cranston tons of awards and fans.


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