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20 Actors and Actresses Who Turned Down Important or Popular Roles%0D\

Molly Ringwald %E2%80%93 Molly Ringwald turned down the role of Vivian in %E2%80%9CPretty Woman%E2%80%9D and the role of Molly in %E2%80%9CGhost%E2%80%9D among others. She was also offered a part in Scream which she turned down because she was in her late 20%E2%80%99s and didn%E2%80%99t want a teenage role. Also, she was offered Leah Thompson%E2%80%99s role in %E2%80%9CSome Kind of Wonderful%E2%80%9D which she turned down severing her relationship with John Hughes. Personally, I can%E2%80%99t see her in any of those roles and never felt she was all that great of an actress anyway. She%E2%80%99s good with whiny roles, however. I%E2%80%99ll give her that. %0D %0D Mel Gibson %E2%80%93 Turned down the lead role in Gladiator. A role which landed Russell Crowe the Academy Award. Mel also turned down the part of Robin Hood in %E2%80%9CRobin Hood Prince of Thieves.%E2%80%9D Instead, that part went to a not very belieaveable Kevin Costner. %0D %0D Alec Baldwin %E2%80%93 The role of Richard Kimball in %E2%80%9CThe Fugitive%E2%80%9D was originally offered to Alec. After he turned it down, it went to Harrison Ford. %0D %0D Sigourney Weaver %E2%80%93 Turned down the role of Ada in %E2%80%9CThe Accused,%E2%80%9D a part that later went to Kelly McGillis, and the lead role in %E2%80%9CA Handmaid%E2%80%99s Tale.%E2%80%9D %0D %0D Keanu Reeves turned down Charlie Sheen%E2%80%99s role in %E2%80%9CPlatoon.%E2%80%9D And really, thank goodness for that. The role should definitely go to someone who can act. %0D %0D Gillian Anderson %E2%80%93 The former X-Files star was originally offered the role of Bethany Sloane in %E2%80%9CDogma.%E2%80%9D She said, %E2%80%9Cno thanks%E2%80%9D and the part wen to Linda Fiorentino instead. %0D %0D Warren Beatty - Turned down the role of Jack Horner in %E2%80%9CBoogie Nights.%E2%80%9D The part was then offered to a smarmy looking Burt Reynolds. Warren also turned down James Caan%E2%80%99s role in %E2%80%9CMisery%E2%80%9D, the part of Gordon Gekko in %E2%80%9CWall Street%E2%80%9D and Robert Redford%E2%80%99s role in %E2%80%9CThe Sting.%E2%80%9D Granted, Warren%E2%80%99s had some decent roles and he%E2%80%99s a good actor. But we%E2%80%99re thinking he%E2%80%99s not a very good judge of a good script. He accepts %E2%80%9CDick Tracy%E2%80%9D and turns down %E2%80%9CThe Sting?%E2%80%9D Does anyone else see something wrong with this picture? %0D %0D Melanie Griffith %E2%80%93 Melanie Griffith turned down the role of %E2%80%9CThelma%E2%80%9D in %E2%80%9CThelma and Louise.%E2%80%9D Incidentally, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jodie Foster were originally cast as Thelma and Louise but had to drop out as pre-production dragged on. %0D Sarah Michelle Gellar %E2%80%93 Scheduling conflicts prevented her from accepting the role as Cher in %E2%80%9CClueless.%E2%80%9D %0D %0D Richard Grieco %E2%80%93 The %E2%80%9C21 Jump Street%E2%80%9D star turned down the lead role in %E2%80%9CSpeed%E2%80%9D because he thought the script sucked. I guess he%E2%80%99s still turning down sucky scripts because it%E2%80%99s not like we%E2%80%99ve seen him in anything but the plastic surgeon%E2%80%99s office since the early 90%E2%80%99s%0D . %0D Madonna - I guess we should be thankful but Madonna turned down Michelle Pfeiffer%E2%80%99s role in %E2%80%9CThe Fabulous Baker Boys.%E2%80%9D %0D Denzel Washington %E2%80%93 Turned down the role of Curtis in %E2%80%9CDreamgirls%E2%80%9D, the lead in %E2%80%9CI Robot%E2%80%9D, and it%E2%80%99s rumored he turned down the role of %E2%80%9CRay Charles%E2%80%9D in Ray. %0D Will Smith %E2%80%93 Turned down the role that eventually went to Keanu Reeve in %E2%80%9CThe Matrix%E2%80%9D, and the role of Stu in %E2%80%9CPhone Booth.%E2%80%9D%0D %0D Julia Roberts %E2%80%93 Turned down Sharon Stone%E2%80%99s leg crossing role in %E2%80%9CBasic Instinct,%E2%80%9D the role of Mary Corleone in %E2%80%9CGodfather III%E2%80%9D the role of Annie in %E2%80%9CSleepless in Seattle,%E2%80%9D the lead role of %E2%80%9CShakespeare in Love%E2%80%9D and the role of Lucy in %E2%80%9CWhile You Were Sleeping.%E2%80%9D %0D Leonardo DiCaprio %E2%80%93 Offered the part of Dirk Diggler in %E2%80%9CBoogie Nights%E2%80%9D before it was given to Mark Wahlberg and the lead role in %E2%80%9CThe Matrix%E2%80%9D. %0D %0D Mark Wahlberg %E2%80%93 Turned down the role of Linus in %E2%80%9COcean%E2%80%99s 11%E2%80%B3. %0D %0D Tom Cruise %E2%80%93 Before Johnny Depp made the role his own, Tom Cruise signed on to play Donnie Brasco in the film of the same name. Tom was also to play the lead role in %E2%80%9CFootloose%E2%80%9D and ended up turning that down as well. %0D %0D Jennifer Jason Leigh %E2%80%93 Jennifer Jason Leigh is another of the actresses who landed the role of Vivian in %E2%80%9CPretty Woman%E2%80%9D and later turned it down. %0D %0D John Travolata %E2%80%93 Turned down the role of Forrest Gump. %0D %0D Tom Hanks %E2%80%93 Turned down the role of Ray Kinsella in %E2%80%9CField of Dreams,%E2%80%9D Andy Dufresne in %E2%80%9CThe Shawshank Redemption%E2%80%9D and the lead role in %E2%80%9CJerry Maguire.%E2%80%9D %0D

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