ACTORS WHO PASSED ON ICONIC ROLES
Added on: 13th Dec 2014
The Role: Gandalf
Citing that he $B!H(Bdidn$B!G(Bt get fantasy$B!I(B, Sean Connery passed up on
playing Gandalf in Peter Jackson$B!G(Bs adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings.
The role that was eventually given to Ian McKellen which earned the
actor an award (Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture) and an
Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Gandalf was
crowned the 28th greatest movie character of all time by
The Role: Carrie Bradshaw
Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, is one of the
most popular female TV and movie characters of all time, at least in
the $B!H(Bchick flick$B!I(B genre. The role was originally offered to Dana Delany who
turned it down although she later claimed not to regret her decision.
The Role: Vivian Ward
Molly Ringwald was one of the most sought-after actresses in
Hollywood in the 80$B!l(Bs, thanks to the movies she started in like
Pretty In Pink and The Breakfast Club. However, the actress has been
plagued with obscurity ever since the 90s. Her fate might have turned
out differently had she accepted the role of Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman.
The movie was a massive commercial success earning $463,407,268 at
the box office. Julia Roberts who eventually played the character
received an Oscar nomination for the role and is now regarded as one
of the biggest movie stars in the world.
The Role: Neo
Will Smith was initially offered the role of Neo in The Matrix.
He turned it down on account of the concept being too complicated
and he didn$B!G(Bt see the film performing well at the box office.
Well, we all know how the movie fared.
The Role: Danny Zunko
Henry Winkler was approached to play Danny Zunko in the musical film
Grease. When he turned it down, John Travolta took on the role.
Grease earned $694,589,888 at the box office.
The Role: Clarice Sterling
Michelle Pfeiffer was offered the role of Clarice Sterling in Jonathan
Demme$B!G(Bs adaptation of The Silence Of The Lambs. She turned it down
because she found the movie to be too violent and disturbing.
Jodi Foster won the role and gave her a second Academy Award
for Best Actress.
The Role: Han Solo
Al Pacino was offered the Role of Han Solo in Star Wars.
He said he wasn$B!G(Bt interested in playing the role. Harrison Ford took
over and the movie franchise went on to become one of the most
successful film series in history, establishing Ford$B!G(Bs superstar status.
The Role: Catherine Tramell
Kim Basinger passed up on playing Catherine Tramell in Paul
Verhoeven$B!G(Bs thriller Basic Instinct. The role was subsequently
handed to Sharon Stone. The film became one of the highest grossing
films of 1992 earning $352,927,224 at box office. The role is highly
regarded as the one responsible for giving Sharon Stone her
much needed break.
The Role: Hannibal Lecter
Jeremy Irons was initially approached to play Hannibal Lecter in
Jonathan Demme$B!G(Bs adaptation of The Silence Of The Lambs.
Just like Michelle Pfeiffer when approached to play Clarice Sterling,
Irons cited the film$B!G(Bs violent content as his reason for turning down
the role. Anthony Hopkins took over the role which became one of the
most defining moments of the actor$B!G(Bs career.