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Famous Movie Roles Actors Were Too Afraid To Take

Famous Movie Roles Actors Were Too Afraid To Take

Things normal people are afraid of: zombies,
the dark, spiders, and whether or not the waiter spit in our food. “Take it back! If I wanted something your thumb touched I’d
eat the inside of your ear!” Things celebrities are afraid of? Sketchy acting jobs. Sometimes actors pass up blockbusters because
of the overall creepiness of the movie, a fear of awful writing, or just because they’re
afraid of disappointing their fans. Here are a few famous actors who have turned
down incredible roles for totally legitimate reasons — and some who lived to totally
regret it. Michelle Pfeiffer: Silence of the Lambs Even a legend like Michelle Pfeiffer isn’t
afraid to admit she was too afraid to take on the subject matter of Silence of the Lambs. As Empire revealed in its look at the making
of the movie, she was turned off by overwhelming darkness and violence in the script — a
letdown for director Jonathan Demme, who’d worked with her previously and made Pfeiffer
his first choice for the role of Clarice Starling. He went through a number of other actresses
before hiring Jodie Foster. Honestly, we wouldn’t want to be face-to-face
with Hannibal Lecter even if we were just on a movie set, so it’s easy to sympathize
with Pfeiffer. Meanwhile, another big star passed on a role
in Silence of the Lambs: Jeremy Irons. Apparently, playing a cannibal serial killer
is just a little worse than the creepy dude he played in Lolita. Josh Hartnett: Superman Returns At the ripe age of 22, Josh Hartnett was afraid
of being pigeonholed when he was asked to wear the red cape in the 2006 film Superman
Returns. So he turned down the role, partially because
he valued his free time, but also for fear of damaging his career. Also in Hartnett’s “thanks, but no thanks”
pile: opportunities to play both Batman and Spider-Man. As he later admitted to Playboy, choosing
not to put on the tights is what ultimately hurt his career after all, saying, “I’ve definitely said no to some of the wrong
people. I said no because I was tired and wanted to
spend more time with my friends and family. That’s frowned upon in this industry. People don’t like being told no.” Jude Law: Superman Returns English actor Jude Law grappled with the same
offer as Hartnett. Director Bryan Singer considered going with
the British star, but Law wasn’t sure pinning on the cape was a good idea. He was worried about his nationality, thinking
an Englishman shouldn’t play the guy who stands for the American way — and he also wasn’t
crazy about putting on the tights. Hoping to sway the actor, Singer had the costume
sent over, and Law tried it on for size. “I take the suit into the bathroom and I’m
putting it on…and I look around… and I look in the mirror, and suddenly I’m Superman.” Law even started hearing the original film’s
John Williams theme — but the fantasy didn’t last long. “And then I had this picture of that..of me
in that you know on posters all around the world and I thought… ‘no way’ and I unzipped
it.” Suddenly, there was “no way” he could play
the part, although he did have the satisfaction of pretending to be Superman for a few moments. And as Law put it, “That was enough.” Bette Midler: Sister Act It’s hard to picture anyone but Whoopi Goldberg
as Sister Mary Clarence in Sister Act, but the role was first offered to Bette Midler. As she later told Metro, she turned down the
opportunity because she was afraid of how her fans would react to her portrayal of a
nun, saying, “My fans don’t want to see me in a wimple.” Who wants to break the news to Midler that
the character wasn’t actually a nun? That’s kinda what the “Act” part in the title
meant. Jennifer Hudson: Precious Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson was offered
the title role in Precious, but turned it down — a decision she initially attributed
to a reluctance to gain the weight necessary for the character. She later insisted the decision actually had
more to do with what was on the page than what would’ve shown up on the scale, telling
The Huffington Post, “I’m a firm believer that what is meant for
you is meant for you. I did not turn the role down because of the
weight situation. I just felt the character was doing things,
at least in my script that I got, that were places I did not want to go and not where
I needed to go.” Mark Wahlberg: Brokeback Mountain Originally offered the role of Jack Twist
in Brokeback Mountain, Mark Wahlberg declined the part after feeling, quote, “creeped out”
by the script, and letting his fear of the movie’s homosexual themes outweigh the potential
of the role. The National Enquirer doubled down on the
rumors and stated that Wahlberg was simply told ‘no’ by his priest. It’s acting, Mark! “What? No!” Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger signed on,
and Gyllenhaal’s Oscar nomination for the film must have been fun for Wahlberg to read
about. Brad Pitt: 12 Years a Slave As one of the most acclaimed dramas to come
out of the major-studio system in recent years, 12 Years a Slave almost starred Brad Pitt
in the villainous role of Edwin Epps. Pitt told The Mirror that he refused the role
because he was afraid of what his children would think if they saw him as a slavemaster
in the film. He opted for a cameo role — because, as
one of the producers on the movie, you get to do things like that. John Lithgow: The Fly David Cronenberg’s The Fly is pretty much
a perfect horror movie. It’s disgustingly awesome, and Jeff Goldblum
and Geena Davis totally kill it as the two leads. It’s hard to imagine anyone else playing their
parts, but shockingly, Goldblum wasn’t the only actor in consideration for this grotesque
manimal. As it turns out, John Lithgow was also up
for a trip through the teleportation pods. Lithgow is no stranger to playing monsters. But despite his penchant for playing scary
characters, Lithgow didn’t have the stomach to morph into a man-sized fly. In an interview with In Magazine, the actor
admitted his agent wanted him to play the doomed scientist Seth Brundle, but Lithgow
thought The Fly was an “icky story,” and he “didn’t want to play something so grotesque.” ” Oh. That’s disgusting.” And if the guy who played the Trinity Killer
thought a movie was too gross, then you should probably be afraid of watching that film. Be very afraid. Will Ferrell: Reagan Even before the film Reagan began filming,
the project was dead in the water due to public outrage. In this alternate history take on Ronald Reagan’s
last four years in office, the 40th commander-in-chief is suffering from Alzheimer’s during his second
term, and one intern’s given the job of tricking Reagan into thinking he’s still an actor,
and is actually playing the president in a film. When word leaked out that Will Ferrell, no
stranger to playing presidents, was considering playing the dementia-stricken Reagan, the
internet went absolutely insane. Most notably, the movie also drew criticism
from the Reagan family, who claimed the film was offensive to people suffering from Alzheimer’s. Things got so intense that director Adam McKay
claimed people were calling the production offices and leaving threatening voicemails. Soon, anger at the project reached such a
fever pitch that Ferrell essentially killed the film by announcing he was no longer interested
in the part. Probably for the best. Toshiro Mifune: Star Wars By now, everybody knows the original Star
Wars was a brilliant mash-up of George Lucas’s favorite stuff. Throw in some Flash Gordon, mix in a bit of
World War II footage, add a dash of The Searchers, and presto, you’ve got A New Hope. But perhaps the biggest influences on the
Star Wars saga were the films of Akira Kurosawa. Of course, you can’t have a Kurosawa film
without Toshiro Mifune, a superstar who appeared in 16 Kurosawa films. He made such an impression on Lucas that the
director wanted him to play Obi-Wan Kenobi. There’s no denying Mifune would’ve made an
excellent Jedi knight, but according to his daughter, Mifune was worried that the film,
quote, “…would cheapen the image of the samurai. At the time, sci-fi movies still looked quite
cheap as the effects were not advanced, and he had a lot of samurai pride.” Mifune waved his hand and told Lucas to move
along, to both the roles of Kenobi and Darth Vader, according to his daughter. If that’s true, his samurai pride cost him
a pretty hefty paycheck. Chris Evans: Captain America It’s pretty hard to imagine anyone other than
Chris Evans playing Captain America. Evans seems to embody Cap’s innate goodness,
nobility, and heroism. It’s really a case of having just the right
actor in just the right role, and that makes it all the more surprising when you realize
Evans initially turned down the Marvel super serum. On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Evans admitted that
he was afraid of the whole thing. “I was scared because you know at first it
was some nine-picture contract, and there are parts of me that have a little bit of
social anxiety with this industry.” He turned Marvel down…twice. As he explained to The Scotsman, he just enjoyed
doing smaller films and staying under the radar. But eventually, the star-spangled actor realized
he was “saying no out of fear,” and he finally picked up the vibranium shield after realizing
he was turning it down for the wrong reasons. “…whatever you’re scared of, push yourself
into it.” Which sounds just like something Captain America
might say. Chris Pratt: Guardians of the Galaxy We know Chris Pratt eventually took the starring
role of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, but before he helped save the universe, he
originally passed on the part. As he told Entertainment Weekly, he thought
he was too fat to play a superhero, and he was ultimately afraid of the same feelings
of rejection he dealt with when he was passed over for Star Trek and Avatar. A huge fan of the action movie genre, Pratt
later faced his fears and won the hearts of Guardians fans everywhere. That right there is a real-life superhero
story. Denzel Washington: Se7en Speaking with GQ, Denzel Washington admitted
he regretted turning down the chance to star in Se7en, the David Fincher classic about
a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as a template for his murders. As he explained, he found the script “too
dark and evil” — although now that we’ve all had a couple of decades to love Brad Pitt
and Morgan Freeman in the movie, he feels a little better about the film. If you ever see Washington, don’t forget to
ask him “what’s in the box.” “What’s in the boooox?”What’s in the boooox?” “Because I envy your normal life, David.” “Put the gun down put the gun down, David” “Seems that envy is my sin.” Ah what’s in the booooox?” “It’s a box of balloons.” “It’s balloons!” “It’s just balloons.” “It’s balloons.” “It’s a box of balloons.” “There must be a hundred balloons in here!” Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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100 comments on “Famous Movie Roles Actors Were Too Afraid To Take

  1. You have the right to turn down work if you want to do so. Tina Turner refused a role in the Color Purple because she did not comfortable with the spousal abuse/violence in the film.

  2. No way anyone other than Jodie Foster could play Clarice. Pfeiffer was too pretty and wouldn’t have been able to show Clarice’s vulnerability.

  3. Saying that you can't play Superman if you're English is pretty offensive. Sure, he's American by nationality, but where do you think Americans came from? The only Americans that didn't originate from other countries are Native Americans.

  4. Yeah no, Chris Pratt actually really wanted to play the part. It was James Gunn who was hesitant about casting him until he was tricked into watching Pratt audition, on which he said he knew within 10 seconds of him auditioning, he knew he was right for the role.

  5. Never see more than clips from BM. But if Mark didn't want it they could have tried his brother Donnie Wahlberg. Although one reenactment scene on the NKOTB cruise with Jon Knight doesn't prove he'd been right for the part.

  6. As a huuuuuuge fan of superheros.. if Marvel approached me for a project, I'd probably decline out of fear, too. Terrified of letting fans down.

  7. I don't understand actors not understanding "acting" it's called ACTING for a reason. Whoopi was perfect in Sister Act, and Mark Whalberg in Brokeback Mountain would have been a disaster. As for British actors in quintessentially American roles, and vice versa is a mistake imho

  8. Just watched some really good Looper videos, the last one was about bad casting. Suddenly I'm hearing a terrible voice that doesn't match this genre. Bad. Casting. Of. Voice. Talent. Goes to: Looper. Better Luck Next Time!

  9. Around the :25- :28 mark is straight up facts. I hate when people bring my food or drinks after having palmed the damn rim.

  10. Denzel Washington wasn't officially considered for Seven.

    David Fincher have said in a few interviews that when he started developing the script, his agent asked him "What about Morgan Freeman for the role?", he responded "Are you kidding me?, if we send him this script, he would never take me serious –", the agent quickly interrumpted by saying "I already sent him the script and he's all for it", which draw a big smile on Fincher's face.

  11. I’ve never seen Broke back mountain. I’ve also not seen a movie with heath ledger or jake jillenhall in it since either…

  12. Whenever I see the scene in Guardians where Gamorra and Star Lord are fighting on the ground I just think about how much it must've hurt when she broke his rib during that scene.

  13. This probably doesn't really count since she wasn't really "afraid" to take the role, but Lena Olin reportedly wanted Sharon Stone's role in Basic Instinct but refused to work with Paul Verhoven. If it weren't for him, maybe she would've gotten it.  Would've been interesting to see her in that role–judging by Romeo Is Bleeding, she's damn good at playing a villainess!

  14. As much as I love foster in silence of the lambs I’d liked to have seen what Michelle phiefer could have brought to the role she’s so talented as well

  15. I love the Silence of the Lambs, but I can't be the only one who thinks Mads Mikkelsen totally nailed the role in the NBC series! Hopkins' Hannibal is ham-fisted in comparison.

  16. Chris Evans didnt really reject the role, he actually looks more the part bc of rejecting temporarily and having social anxiety

  17. Jude Law didn't take the role of Superman because of nationality? Well, looks like Henry Cavill doesn't have a problem with that and he's a great Superman.

  18. Bette Middler should've played sister act, she would be perfect, Whoopi not really that wonderful I'm afraid, Whoopi is an wonderful actress but I just felt something missing of her in sister act, I'm sorry to say…

  19. I like more of those actors who rejected roles. But let's be real, we wouldn't change any cast for these great movies!

  20. It's funny hearing that Brad Pitt turned down the role in "12 Years a Slave" because his production company produced the film. Ever hear of Plan B?

  21. Has George Lucas said "New Hope" was influenced by "The Searchers?" The fact that both movies feature two men trying to free a woman from captivity doesn't seem like much of a parallel. It was the Star Wars prequels that showed a "Searchers" influence, like the scene where Anakin tries to rescue his mother from the Sandpeople. And the ending of "Revenge Of the Sith" was a virtual replay of the ending of "The Searchers."

  22. What is it with Silence of The Lambs!? I'm sorry but personally I'm thinking it is just a movie, yes I know real life events do exist and of course it's personal choice but it's not as if the film is cursed, it's just an INCREDIBLE honest portrayal of some life events that are similar. Antony Hopkins is simply Mindblowing, incredible. The fact people got scared is surely a sign it's simply Superme acting. And Shame on Mark Whalberg. Sorry but I hope he's not serious by saying the scripts "Creepy," that's IGNORANT. Ultimately no offence the actors who did end up doing the movie are Excellent and Jeff Goldblum was Super in The Fly, just wish ending wasn't so tragic

  23. Jude law as Superman really? Maybe wonder woman.And mark wahlberg has always been a homophobe. Even when they paid his salary as a calvin Klein model.

  24. Anyone turning down Superman returns was a good idea how is this even on the list shit most of these actors actually made great decisions shit if John Wayne had the balls to turn down the role of Genghis Khan he would of lived an extra 20 years instead of dying from cancer from the radiation of the film set they used in Nevada

  25. Denzel thought Se7en was too dark, but Training Day, where a crooked cop kills / robs a drug lord, then tries to kill his partner because he can't corrupt him is perfectly fine. Not Dark at all. lol

  26. Mifune would have been awesome as Obi-Wan, since Lucas was inspired by Kurasawa/ Mifune movies to make "StarWars".

  27. I just heard that Russell Crowe passed on the lord of the rings trilogy costing him hundreds of millions.
    Who wanted jude law as superman? I can't picture that at all!?!?!?

  28. When will you learn Mark is a racist and a homophobe? idk how you can be one working around gays daily in holllywood and oh idk… other races 😂

  29. If Alec Guinness wasn't 1st choice how did he get payed a huge amount in royalties? By speak of faith in the force that does fit better with oriental fighting than western. He was one of the few seasoned actors (with more than a camo) so even though he's not Solo or Luke without him it may not have worked.

  30. What normal people are afraid of zombies? I'm afraid of zombies like I'm afraid of witches and Snap, Crackle & Pop… and other things that don't exist…

  31. Anyone calling Mark Whalberg homophobic should know the role was offered to Pitt, DiCaprio and Cruse all turned it down.

  32. Brad Pitt didn't want his children to see him as a slave master , but he is happy for them to see him as a professional killer ?

  33. Mark couldn’t play in broke back mountain anyway. He’s a one dimensional tough guy actor. That tent scene would have really fucked him up! …..nudge, nudge, wink, wink.😉

  34. I think Michelle Pfeiffer would have been great in SotL. And I disagree with the narrator, I would have loved to meet Hannibal Lecter and talk to him. ;>)

  35. I think it’s a bit obnoxious to criticize Bette Midler for not excepting the role of sister Mary Clarence in sister act. Bette Midler is Jewish.

  36. Glad Wahlberg didnt take the role in Brokeback mountain. He is an awful actor and would have ruined such a beautiful movie. Jake and Heath were meant for those roles

  37. Probably for the best that the movie making fun of a person with the tragic and heartbreaking disease Alzheimer’s was not made. There is no way you could make that tasteful.

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