1. Miles Teller rejected La La Land
“La La Land” could’ve easily had Emma Stone sauntering around Miles Teller. Not clear, what actually went wrong, money, too much cranks or something else? But we are happy Ryan Gosling did this, and we absolutely loved him.
2. Matt Damon was supposed to act in Manchester by the Sea
Casey Affleck just before he won the Best Actor said “Matt Damon produced ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and was originally supposed to act in it too.”
3. ‘Sunset Boulevard’ was offered to Mae West
Now concentrate hard to believe what’s next – “Sunset Boulevard”, the hit film which had a role by Gloria Stevenson was initially offered to – Surprise! Surprise! Mae West.
4. Viggo Mortensen turned down ‘The Hobbit’
Yes, there are actors like ‘Lord Of The Rings’ actor Viggo Mortensen who don’t really care for the momentary things , they want something original. Viggo Mortensen turned down role of Aragorn in ‘The Hobbit’ out of respect for JRR Tolkien’s novel as Aragorn isn’t in ‘The Hobbit.’
5. John Travolta rejected ‘Chicago’
And then, there are stars that have XXL demands. Speaking about the movie “Chicago”, John Travolta said – “I saw it three times but couldn’t see where the film was. The script just couldn‘t be deciphered into a movie.” FYI, Chicago was the winner for the Best Picture award for the year 2003.
6. Sissy Spacek denied ‘Terms of Endearment’
For those who remember “Terms of Endearment”, the winner of five Academy awards, and four Golden Globe awards – the role of Debra Winger who won the Best Actress nomination, went originally to Sissy Spacek, as Spacek couldn’t “bring her baby to a movie set.”
7. Kirsten Dunst regrets rejecting role of Sylvia Plath
Kirsten Dunst regrets not being able to portray the role of suicidal poet Sylvia Plath in movie
Sylvia (2003), saying she would have performed better than Gwyneth Paltrow.
8. Anthony Minghella rejected “Cold Mountain”
Anthony Minghella called up Tom Cruise for a lead role in “Cold Mountain” in 2002. Since Cruise turned cold on him, he had to replace him with – guess who? Jude Law!
9. Reese Witherspoon’s denied lead female role of ‘ Fight Club)’
Reese Witherspoon’s hesitation for the role in “Fight Club” was chanced upon by Helena Bonham Carter who not only loved the script, but the salary, and the role too!
10. Mel Gibson rejected “Batman”
Mel Gibson initially declined the role of iconic cartoon character “Batman” in a movie in 1989, somewhat anxious of failing the movie and gave it a “uh-uh”, but what actually failed – was his nasty grunt.
11. Jerry Lewis said no to star character in “Some Like it Hot”
Jerry Lewis said ‘no’ to Jack Lemmon’s star character in “Some Like it Hot”. And honestly, we are grateful he did!
12. Brad Pitt declined doing “The Lost City of Z”
Brad Pitt declined doing “The Lost City of Z” but Robert Pattinson, of course didn’t let his opportunity slip away.