10 Movie Roles Actors Regret Turning Down

Some of the best movies of all time could have turned out much, much different if the original actors wanted for those famous roles were cast. Find out which actors turned down these infamous roles in the following ten movies.


When director Ivan Reitman got his hands on this massive cult classic from 1984, he knew who he wanted to play the Keymaster. John Candy.

Known well for his raucous comedy, Candy wanted the notable key master to have a German accent. Reitman, who wrote the role with Candy in mind, couldn't get his head around Candy's vision for the part.

Legally Blonde

At one time, Elle Woods would have looked a whole lot like Christina Applegate. But, coming off playing a ditzy blonde in Married with Children, Applegate didn't want to get ‘boxed in' by the ‘dumb' blonde stereotype and was afraid her career would suffer.

The Matrix

Will Smith, also a household name, was nearly The One and would have made a unique Neo had he taken the part. Smith, who understands his own limitations, had this to say about the role.

“The Matrix is a difficult concept to pitch. In the pitch, I just didn't see it. I watched Keanu's performance — and very rarely do I say this — but I would have messed it up. At that point, I wasn't smart enough as an actor to let the movie be.”

Silence of the Lambs

In the iconic classic Silence of the Lambs, which starred Jodie Foster alongside Anthony Hopkins, Foster wasn't director Johnathan Demme's first choice by a long shot.

Only after Michelle Pfeiffer turned down the role and after producers worked him over did Demme offer the part of Clarice Starling to Foster.

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