20 Actors That Turned Down Incredibly Massive Roles

When a film or television show releases and becomes a massive hit, it’s hard to imagine anyone else portraying the various different characters. There’s something about the chemistry between the cast and the dedication put into making the role believable. While we won’t have to worry about these actors potentially ruining our favorite shows and films, they are certainly kicking themselves for turning down the roles. You won’t believe what some actors turned down. From not being paid enough, fear of being typecast in certain genres, to even simply not finding the role worth their time. Here are 20 films and shows that could have been totally different if the original actor or actress took the job.

Molly Ringwald

80’s film icon sensation Molly Ringwald is best remembered for films such as The Breakfast Club, 16 Candles and Pretty in Pink. Slowly her fame started to dwindle away as she lost out on amazing film roles. One of which was the lead female role Vivian in Pretty Woman. The role ended up going to Julia Roberts which was a huge career-making film for her.

John Travolta

John Travolta has had a successful career within the film industry, however, that doesn’t mean he didn’t have his share of bad luck. The role of Forrest Gump in the movie of the same name was originally offered to Travolta. After turning it down, he admits that he made a poor decision once the film released.


Emily Browning

Twilight is a massive franchise that Emily Browning must be regretting on not taking part. Emily was asked to audition for the role of Bella Swan, but she refused. Coming straight from her recent film The Uninvited, Emily was not eager to jump into another film production. Kristen Stewart got the role and the film went on to become a global success.

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick was almost the one who knocks. The actor, known for his work in the film industry, almost landed a role in Breaking Bad as Walter White. Originally the role went to Matthew Broderick but he turned it down and show creator Vince Gilligan managed to get the actor he wanted from the start, Bryan Cranston.

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