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Flair Chops
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles

pretty damn legendary, imo


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LSUTygerFan
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
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Sean Connery - 'The Lord of the Rings
I could totally see this


so could I. That's why i was asking which role. I like him in the kind of "mentor" role.


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Matisyeezy
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
I feel like Will Smith could have pulled off Neo, but it would have been a departure from the roles people were familiar with him doing at the time. Depp in Ferris Bueller would have been interesting. Connery would have been pretty awesome, not so much as Morpheus.


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Carson123987
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
The only ones that make sense are Costner as Dufresne, and Depp as Ferris. The rest suck and I'm glad they didn't turn out


LeonPhelps
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
So grateful Matt Damon did not ruin two movies I love.


Carson123987
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
Me too.


oompaw
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
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John Wayne turned down the role of Marshal Matt Dillon for fear of being type cast as a cowboy.


Not really true...He was never really considered and was never offered the role. Wayne did recommend James Arness for the role. Others who auditioned for the role was Richard Boone, Denver Pyle, Robert Conrad & Raymond Burr.

John Wayne was however offered the role of Dirty Harry and that was after it was turned down by Frank Sinatra. I'm glad neither worked out, it's hard to picture anyone else.
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Tchefuncte Tiger
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
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Molly Ringwald - 'Pretty Woman'


I could see Julianne Moore playing this roll. Just not fricking Richard Gere.
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WITNESS23
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles

I think most of the roles were legendary because of who played them


oompaw
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
True. It's the actors that make them.


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south bama tiger
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
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John Wayne turned down the role of Marshal Matt Dillon for fear of being type cast as a cowboy


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John Wayne was however offered the role of Dirty Harry and that was after it was turned down by Frank Sinatra. I'm glad neither worked out, it's hard to picture anyone else.


John Wayne was also offered the role of the Waco Kid in Blazing Saddles. He decline saying the movie was too dirty for his image, but that he'd be the first in line to see the movie.


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GeauxldMember
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
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Molly Ringwald - 'Pretty Woman' and 'Ghost'


What was she doing at the time to warrant turning down major roles like those?

quote:

Kevin Costner - Andy Dufresne in 'The Shawshank Redemption'


Thank God this did not happen!


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ZTiger87
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
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I really can't see Emily Blunt as Black Widow


So a minor role in Iron Man 2 = Legendary Role?


johnnydrama
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
This is going a ways back but Gary Cooper was producer David O. Selznick's first choice for the role of Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind. When Cooper turned down the role, he was passionately against it. He is quoted as saying, "Gone with the Wind is going to be the biggest flop in Hollywood history. I’m glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling flat on his nose, not me".

Also, Alfred Hitchcock wanted him to star in Foreign Correspondent (1940) and Saboteur (1942). Cooper later admitted he had made a "mistake" in turning down the director.





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WildKat
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
That article left out some of the biggest ones.

Mel Gibson turned down the Maximus role from Gladiator that Russell Crow played.

Mel Gibson also turned down the Terminator role in the original Terminator that Arnold made famous.

Keanu Reeves turned down the role of Chris in Platoon that Charlie Sheen played.

Alec Baldwin turned down Dr Kimble in The Fugitive that Harrison Ford played.

Also,

Talking about Leo turning down Boogie Nights.

Warren Beatty turned down the role of Jack in that movie that Burt Reynolds went on to play.


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yurintroubl
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
Diane Lane turned down Darryl Hannah's role in Splash in order to do Streets of Fire.


tigerfan84
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
Mickey Rourke turned down Jack Crawford in Silence of the Lambs & Johnny Ringo in Tombstone


Tchefuncte Tiger
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
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Mickey Rourke turned down Jack Crawford in Silence of the Lambs & Johnny Ringo in Tombstone
Apparently Mickey was no daisy.


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tiggerthetooth
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
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The only ones that make sense are Costner as Dufresne, and Depp as Ferris. The rest suck and I'm glad they didn't turn out


This exactly. Damon as Bruce Wayne??!11


Cold Pizza
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re: Actors who turned down legendary roles
Damon was going to be Harvey Dent.

How about Sean Connery as Morpheus?


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