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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

by Anonymousreply 27510/10/2013

"Jennifer Jason Leigh " Jennifer Jason Leigh is another of the actresses who landed the role of Vivian in "Pretty Woman" and later turned it down."

That would have been a very different movie.

by Anonymousreply 212/11/2010

I heard that dear Glennie turned down Edward G. Robinson's role in The Ten Commandments

by Anonymousreply 312/11/2010

Warren Beatty would have been good in "The Sting." I love the movie, and he would be a good replacement for Redford. I don't know that he would have brought more or less to the role, but at that time, he would have been excellent.

As far as Cruise and Footloose goes, Cruise didn't turn it down. When Cruise came in, they had him work with a choreographer for a couple of days, and he couldn't pull off the dancing in any way, as he has zero rhythm. He was in no position at the time to turn down roles (Footloose started filming before Risky Business was released, and his work before that was not deep enough to give him any power...he was still trying to get any job he could); he would have taken the Footloose job in a second if they would have offered it.

by Anonymousreply 412/11/2010

My dear Meryl, after that nasty bout of crabs you went through, I'm surprised they didn't offer you the role of the burning bush.

by Anonymousreply 512/11/2010

Jennifer Beals, Jennifer Grey, Jamie Lee Curtis, Glenn Close, Ally Sheedy, Diane Keaton, Stockard Channing, Annie Potts, Robin Wright, Nancy Allen, Joan Allen, Rosanna Arquette, Kim Basinger, Ellen Barkin, Patricia Clarkson, Geena Davis, Laura Dern, Linda Fiorentino, Bridget Fonda, Carrie Fisher, Jodie Foster, Melanie Griffith, Linda Hamilton, Daryl Hannah, Helen Hunt, Holly Hunter, Anjelica Huston, Amy Irving, Nicole Kidman, Diane Lane, Christine Lahti, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Heather Locklear, Andie MacDowell, Madonna, Virginia Madsen, Demi Moore, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Tatum O'Neal, Annette O'Toole, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Greta Scacchi, Elisabeth Shue, Mary Steenburgen, Julia Roberts, Mimi Rogers, Isabella Rossellini, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep, Sissy Spacek, Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver and Debra Winger were considered for the role of Catherine Tramell.

Kelly Lynch was reportedly offered the role, and Mariel Hemingway, Catherine O'Hara and Kelly McGillis auditioned for it.

Lena Olin reportedly wanted the role, but refused to work with Paul Verhoeven.

by Anonymousreply 712/11/2010

[quote]Everyone and their mother was offered Basic Instinct.

Yep, and the difference is, successful hollywood actresses weren't ready to take on such a softcore piece-of-shit role. Sharon STone got a career out of it, but it still "haunts" her resume. Then again, we might not have ever heard of her otherwise, and, for someone like Sharon Stone, she'd rather be known for garbage than for nothing.

by Anonymousreply 812/11/2010

Christopher Walken turned down Han Solo!%0D %0D Eric Stoltz was Marty McFly in Back to the Furture and they actually filmed a bit but they didn't like him and he got fired. Then they got Michael J. Fox.%0D

by Anonymousreply 912/11/2010

And Tom Selleck was supposedly considered originally for the role of Indiana Jones, but Universal wouldn't give him the time off from "Magnum, P.I."

Of course after seeing his screen test...

by Anonymousreply 1012/11/2010

Some of these are hard to believe. I mean, what position has Gillian Anderson ever been in to turn down a motion picture role? %0D %0D Also, it's not always an ego thing. Many that were turned down had to be in part because the actor knew (s)he couldn't pull it off (Julia Roberts going all British in Shakespeare In Love??)%0D %0D Finally, OP missed all the stuff that Travolta turned down which carved a nice career for Richard Gere (AOAAG,C).

by Anonymousreply 1112/11/2010

Rod Steiger was offered the role of Patton but turned it down because, I thought I was a pacifist. He went on to say that was George's role and no one elses.

by Anonymousreply 1212/11/2010

[quote]Yep, and the difference is, successful hollywood actresses weren't ready to take on such a softcore piece-of-shit role. Sharon STone got a career out of it, but it still "haunts" her resume. Then again, we might not have ever heard of her otherwise, and, for someone like Sharon Stone, she'd rather be known for garbage than for nothing.

Interestingly, many actresses wanted to play Ginger in Casino and auditioned for the role, but the studio pushed for Stone. If I remember it correctly, Madge, Kidman, Bening... all the top ones at the time wanted to work with DeNiro and Scorsese. It turned out DeNiro and Stone had good chemistry together. And she looked like a goddess in the film.

by Anonymousreply 1312/11/2010

I don't think Roberts turned down "Shakespeare in Love" she was set to star in it with Daniel Day Lewis as Shakespeare but it never got off the ground. %0D Ten years later the project was back on and Winona Ryder was asked to read for it and allegedly her best buddy Gwynnie read the script while haning out at her house, called her agent and did whatever was needed to do to get the part from Harvey Weinsteing, got the part and won the Oscar.

by Anonymousreply 1412/11/2010

I heard that Robert Mitchum was the first to be offered the role of Patton. He didn't want to do it and told the producers that the best actor for the role would be George C. Scott.

by Anonymousreply 1512/11/2010

It was actually surprising she got the role (and she was good in it), given her lack of pedigree in quality roles, but I think that's one of her rare good roles. She had a few over the years, because of box office, and she's a far better actress than given credit for, so it just shows it's all a crapshoot.

BI made her career, but it also kind of limited it. If she'd had more big hits like Casino (I don't remember whether it was a commercial hit, but it was a critical one), she might still be a viable actress today. Unfortunately, she starred in Sliver shortly after BI, which cemented her as a modern-day B-movie's surprising she was taken seriously at all.

by Anonymousreply 1612/11/2010

Lucy was offered countless roles after the success of her television series, Lucy was very selective and probably also felt vindicated after the struggles she had had getting quality parts earlier in her career. Roles she was attached to include: Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate", the Angie Dickinson role in "Dressed to Kill", Aurora in "Terms of Endearment" (a role she turned dow to focus on "Stone Pillow") DeeDee in "The Turning Point", Ethel in "On Golden Pong", Miss Hannigan in "Annie", Miss Daisy in "Driving Miss Daisy" the mother in "Suddenly Last Summer", Dolly Levi in "Hello Dolly" (she dropped out of this to work on "Mame"), Irene in "Judgement at Nuremberg"

by Anonymousreply 1712/11/2010

John Travolta, Kevin Spacey and Kevin Kline all turned down "Chicago."

by Anonymousreply 1812/11/2010

Barbra Streisand was offered "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore", "Klute", and "Cabaret", all of which won Oscars for their respective actresses.

by Anonymousreply 1912/11/2010

Streisand was also offered "The Exorcist", "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?", and "Julia".

by Anonymousreply 2012/11/2010

Barbra also turned down "Patton."

by Anonymousreply 2112/11/2010

Jean Arthur, who was notoriously skittish, turned down the lead female roles in His Girl Friday, It's a Wonderful Life, and I Remember Mama.

Jennifer Jones turned down Laura. Actually she had it and backed out.

Bette Davis turned down Mildred Pierce, as did Barbara Stanwyck.

Claudette Colbert walked out off State of the Union when Capra wouldn't guarantee her that shooting would end at 5 p.m. precisely.

Joan Crawford walked out off From Here to Eternity over Jean Louis's costumes.

Doris Day and Patricia Neal were Mike Nichols's first and second choices for Mrs. Robinson.

Patricia Neal had been cast in John Ford's last movie, 7 Women, before she had a stroke and was replaced by Anne Bancroft.

Walter Matthau wanted to play Salieri in the film version of Amadeus but was too shy to make a pitch to Milos Foreman, whom he knew socially.

Marlon Brando turned down the role of Sundance.

Edward Albee campaigned to have Bette Davis and James Mason play Martha and George, but Jack Warner said no.

Dirk Bogarde was the first choice to play Humbert Humbert but couldn't extricate himself from a previous contract.

Montgomery Clift walked out of Sunset Blvd. at the last moment, afraid that the story paralleled his own relationship with the singer Libby Holman (who had shot her husband, a tobacco heir, years before).

Cary Grant was offered Rex Harrison's role in the film version of My Fair Lady. He told Jack Warner that (a) he spoke like Eliza before her lessons and (b) if Harrison wasn't cast he wouldn't even see the movie. James Cagney was offered the Stanley Holloway's role but said he was retired for good.

Billy Wilder offered Cary Grant Humphrey Bogart's role in Sabrina and Gary Cooper's in Love in the Afternoon, both opposite Audrey Hepburn.

Audrey Hepburn was offered Leslie Caron's roles in both Gigi and Fanny.

Spencer Tracy was Sidney Lumet's first choice to play James Tyrone in Long Day's Journey into Night.

by Anonymousreply 2212/11/2010

Debra Winger apparently turned down a shitload of stuff.

by Anonymousreply 2312/11/2010

[quote]Bette Davis turned down Mildred Pierce, as did Barbara Stanwyck.%0D %0D Davis or Stanwyck would have been so much better than the mask-faced zombie who actually played the part.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 2412/11/2010

Matt Damon turned down Brokeback Mountain because it was too soon after appearing in The Talented Mr. Ripley.%0D %0D Mark Wahlberg and Joachin Phoenix turned down BBM also.

by Anonymousreply 2512/11/2010

Audrey Hepburn was offered Mia Farrow's role in ROSEMARY'S BABY and the lead in FORTY CARATS.

by Anonymousreply 2712/11/2010

David Tyler Muir was offered the title role of ALL ABOUT EVE, but decided to become Eve in real life.

by Anonymousreply 2812/11/2010

Burlesque was written for Bristol Palin and Michelle Bachman.

by Anonymousreply 2912/11/2010

Patty Duke was offered the role of Elaine in the Graduate (which would have teamed her with her former co star Anne Bancroft)but turned it down because she did not want to work. She had just gotten married and wanted to work on that. Since she eventually divorced that husband, I wounder what she thinks about letting that role get away?

She was also offered the role of Sybil but had a fight with the original director and was let go. Eventually, that director was let go too and Field took the role and the rest is history.

by Anonymousreply 3012/11/2010

Brenda Dickson turned down the roll in "An Innocent Magdalene," which went to Lillian Gish.

by Anonymousreply 3112/11/2010

Patty Duke was also offered the role in Sterile Cuckoo but it went to Liza instead, don't know why. Same is true for Soapdish and this role went to Field. As a matter of fact the writer role the role for Patty. Wonder what happened there?

by Anonymousreply 3212/11/2010

Actually, Joaquin Phoenix didn't turn down the role in Brokeback Mountain. He was attached to the movie when Gus Van Zant was attached as director. Too much time passed and they both dropped out due to scheduling, and other film commitments. You are correct about Matt Damon.

by Anonymousreply 3312/11/2010

[quote]Brad Pitt then turned down the role of Jennifer Anniston's husband%0D %0D More like bought out of his contract (they were married - remember?)

by Anonymousreply 3412/11/2010

Mark Wahlberg did not turn down Ocean's 11. He was stuck finishing Planet of The Apes.%0D %0D Warren Beatty did turn down Redford's role in Indecent Proposal.%0D %0D Laura Dern and Jennifer Jason Leigh were offered Pretty Woman but that was before the script became Disney-fied.%0D %0D Griffith turned down The Sheltering Sky (opposite William Hurt).%0D %0D People should remember that some actors turn things down because they don't have the talent to fulfill the requirements of a role.

by Anonymousreply 3512/11/2010

The greatest tragedy in movie history is that Truman Capote wrote Holly Golightly with Marilyn Monroe in mind. Audrey got Tiffany's in '61, and Marilyn got the looney bin.

by Anonymousreply 3612/11/2010

I wait patiently for the day the Jennifer Aniston troll/volatile cubefrau learns how to spell "Aniston" correctly.

Back on subject:

John Turturro claims to have turned down the Nicolas Cage role in "Moonstruck."

Ginger Rogers turned down "It's a Wonderful Life," thinking it was too saccharine.

by Anonymousreply 3712/11/2010

I think Princess Grace was offered either role in "The Turning Point" and wanted to do it, but the husband wouldn't allow her to return to films.

by Anonymousreply 3812/11/2010

The only one that's (mildly) disappointing is not being able to see Jimmy Cagney in the Stanley Holloway role for My Fair Lady. %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 3912/11/2010

Wow, could you imagine how much better "The Turning Point" would have been with Grace Kelly and Lucille Ball? Talk about one for all time!

by Anonymousreply 4012/11/2010

R39, I wish Bette Davis and James Mason had been able to do "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

by Anonymousreply 4112/11/2010

Two more Audrey Hepburn roles that I had heard she turned down: The Anne Bancroft role in THE TURNING POINT opposite Grace Kelly.%0D %0D The role of Empress Alexandra in NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA. I also heard that Pete O'Toole was offered either the role of Rasputin or Nicholas (don't remember which).%0D %0D Greta Garbo was offered the role of the Dowager Empress that went to Irene Worth. (Would have been a terrific comeback role.)

by Anonymousreply 4212/11/2010

Sigourney Weaver was offered the role of Babe Ruth in The Babe, but she passed.

by Anonymousreply 4312/11/2010

[quote]He accepts "Dick Tracy" and turns down "The Sting?" Does anyone else see something wrong with this picture?

Those two events didn't happen concurrently.

by Anonymousreply 4412/11/2010

A recent story came out after Halle Berry won her Monster's Ball Oscar. Angela Bassett said in an interview that she was offered the role, but turned it down because she didn't want to play a prostitute. The director of the film later stated that it was never offered to her and many thought it was sour grapes toward Halle because (1) Angela was always thought of as the woman who would be the first African-American to win a Best Actress Oscar, and (2) Halle never mentioned Angela in her Oscar speech, where she paid tribute to African-American actresses past and present.

by Anonymousreply 4512/11/2010

[quote]Streisand was also offered "The Exorcist", "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?", and "Julia".

[quote]Barbra Streisand was offered "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore", "Klute", and "Cabaret", all of which won Oscars for their respective actresses.

She would have been wrong/awful in all of them if this is true. Way too young for the Exorcist. Audrey Hepburn was close to taking the role in The Exorcist, but wanted it shot in Italy.

by Anonymousreply 4612/11/2010

Sigourney Weaves invented the cat.

by Anonymousreply 4712/11/2010

[quote]Brenda Dickson turned down the roll in "An Innocent Magdalene"

She was just being carb-conscious. Good for her.

by Anonymousreply 4812/11/2010

[quote] Gillian Anderson " The former X-Files star was originally offered the role of Bethany Sloane in "Dogma." She said, "no thanks"%0D %0D Nobody saw that movie.

by Anonymousreply 4912/11/2010

Stella Adler has said that William Inge first sent "Come Back Little Sheba" to her. She said that she read the description of the character and sent back to the script, furious that Inge would want her to appear on Broadway as a frump. %0D %0D Shirley Booth wisely didn't mind.

by Anonymousreply 5012/11/2010

Lillian Hellman wanted Streisand to play her and supposedly thought that Fonda wasn't aggressive enough in the part. She couldn't have minded how Fonda made her look. It's all a little weird, I think, now that it turns out that the story was a complete invention.

by Anonymousreply 5112/11/2010

Babs was offered Cabaret??? Seriously?

by Anonymousreply 5212/11/2010


Also, the script that Roberts was given for Shakespeare in Love was not the one that was filmed. In subsequent years, Stoppard came on board and did a significant rewrite of what had been a workmanlike but not very witty script. If Roberts, Ralph Finnes etc. were up for something like the final script---who knows? They might have done it and it might have been made.

by Anonymousreply 5312/11/2010

"Sigourney Weaver " Turned down the role of Ada in "The Accused," a part that later went to Kelly McGillis, and the lead role in "A Handmaid's Tale." %0D %0D Smart moves both times. McGillis' role paled next to Foster's in THE ACCUSED. As for HANDMAID, Weaver is so wrong for that role. And the film we got was flat and ineffective anyway - the late Natasha Richardson wasn't well cast either.%0D %0D "I wish Bette Davis and James Mason had been able to do "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"%0D %0D Davis was too old and blowsy by then for Martha. Can you imagine her coming on to George Segal as Nick? It would have been gross and you'd never believe he'd sleep with her. Mason would have been fine, but Burton was an excellent George IMO, and Taylor acquitted herself very well.

by Anonymousreply 5412/11/2010

Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandorf in the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy because he couldn't grasp the concept of the books. He says it was the biggest mistake of his career.

by Anonymousreply 5512/11/2010

More, more, more!

by Anonymousreply 5612/11/2010

Sigourney Weaver turned down the role of Jack in Titanic.

by Anonymousreply 5712/11/2010

Just as well Connery turned it down. I don't think he would have been nearly as effective as McKellan was.

by Anonymousreply 5812/11/2010

Julia Roberts turned down The Blind Side

by Anonymousreply 5912/11/2010

That's right, r59, she was going to play the football boy, but they wouldn't meet her asking price.

by Anonymousreply 6012/11/2010

Michelle Pfeiffer - at the height of her stardom right after Baker Boys - turned down Silence Of The Lambs to do Frankie and Johnny

by Anonymousreply 6112/11/2010

R61, I thought I had read she turned it down because of the violence, but either way, you are right, she did turn it down.

by Anonymousreply 6212/11/2010

Bette Midler reportedly turned down Sister Act, Misery and Chicago.

by Anonymousreply 6312/11/2010

Meryl turned down the lead in "Dawson's 50 Load Weekend". It was too soon after her starring role in "Cumsloppy Buttholes".

by Anonymousreply 6412/11/2010

Tuesday Weld supposedly turned down "Norma Rae," "Bonnie and Clyde," and "The Great Gatsby."%0D %0D She would have been perfect in all of them, but especially perfect as Daisy Buchanan.

by Anonymousreply 6512/11/2010

Jennifer Jones owned the book rights to "Terms of Endearment." She wanted that to be her comeback film. The director told her she was too old for the role. After being told that, she never made another film. Sissy Spacek was going to have the Debra Winger part.

by Anonymousreply 6612/11/2010

As an aside, Bette Davis liked to pretend that she turned down "Gone with the Wind" but she was never offered the part.

by Anonymousreply 6712/11/2010

Larry McMurtry said that when he was writing Terms of Endearment, he imagined Katharine Hepburn as Aurora. She was probably too old when the book was published. Seven or eight years later, when the movie was being cast, she was definitely too old. It's an interesting thought; as I remember, Aurora was born and reared in Connecticut. In the early eighties Jennifer Jones was just a pup compared to Hepburn, but still 15 years older than MacLaine. Jennifer Jones was a better actress than most people think. See Cluny Brown and Beat the Devil; she's very funny in both. She's also extremely touching in The Song of Bernadette. Spacek would have been great, of course, but would she have been better than Debra Winger? I can't imagine anyone better than Winger in that role. To me at least, she steals the movie.

by Anonymousreply 6812/11/2010

Not turned down, but Goldie Hawn wanted the lead in "Sophie's Choice".

I can only imagine.

I also read that crazy bones Sean Young read with all of the actors that auditioned for Indiana Jones, but was in the end not cast in the Karen Allen role. No wonder she went batshit.

by Anonymousreply 6912/11/2010

[quote]Some of these are hard to believe. I mean, what position has Gillian Anderson ever been in to turn down a motion picture role?

She's not exactly trying to be a huge movie star, though, and was originally a stage actress. The kids and the multiple back injuries were probably a factor, too.

by Anonymousreply 7112/11/2010

Aren't the back injuries from her ex-husband kicking her down a staircase?

by Anonymousreply 7212/11/2010

[quote]Dirk Bogarde was the first choice to play Humbert Humbert but couldn't extricate himself from a previous contract.

WOW. I love James Mason in the role, but I also would have loved to see Bogarde's performance.

by Anonymousreply 7312/11/2010

I don't know, r72. The first injuries were in the 1990s, but the second accident was in 2003 when she was living with Julian Ozanne. If he pushed her down the stairs and she still married him in 2004, she's an idiot.

by Anonymousreply 7412/11/2010

I remember Diana Ross storming the 'Annie' auditions in a red afro and dress.

by Anonymousreply 7512/11/2010

mini dress.

by Anonymousreply 7612/11/2010

I'm wearing nothing but a dust ruffle.

by Anonymousreply 7712/11/2010


by Anonymousreply 7812/15/2010

Miranda Richardson turned down the role of Catherine Tremell in Basic Instinct.

by Anonymousreply 7912/15/2010

Sorry. I got the movies mixed up. Miranda Richardson turned down the Glenn Close part in Fatal Attraction.

by Anonymousreply 8012/15/2010

"Bette Davis turned down Mildred Pierce, as did Barbara Stanwyck.%0D %0D Davis or Stanwyck would have been so much better than the mask-faced zombie who actually played the part."%0D %0D %0D Wrong again, r24.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 8112/15/2010

In 1967, Beryl Reid won the best-actress-in-a-play Tony for [italic]The Killing of Sister George[/italic]. She parlayed that success onto the big screen, in 1968, and nabbed a Golden Globe nomination.%0D %0D Turns out Bette Davis and Angela Lansbury were considered for the film adapatation. Davis said of Reid, [italic]That part is [totally] her[/italic].

by Anonymousreply 8212/15/2010

Streisand was never offered Cabaret, the studio wanted her but Fosse, Kander and Ebb would have no one but Liza.%0D %0D Sister Act was developed for Bette but Disney wouldn't let her.

by Anonymousreply 8312/15/2010

As good as Liz and Dick were in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Bette Davis and James Mason would have been electrifying. The role of Martha could have been written for Davis, she would have been so perfect. Edward Albee wanted Davis and Mason and was disappointed when the studio didn't cast them.

by Anonymousreply 8412/15/2010

R75, I'm sure you're aware that a Broadway legend is that Nell Carter stormed into the "Annie" auditions wearing a red wig and singing "Tomorrow." She essentially got "Aint Misbehavin" as a result.

by Anonymousreply 8512/15/2010

r85 - Why would she have gotten AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' from storming the ANNIE audition. Annie was directed by Martin Charnin; MISBEHAVIN by Richard Maltby.

Are you sure you aren't referring to her showing up to audition for the ANNIOE revival, where she played Hannigan, dressed as Annie?

by Anonymousreply 8612/15/2010

[quote]Bette Davis turned down Mildred Pierce, as did Barbara Stanwyck.

Well, I'm sure either would have been quite good, but the only other actress who would have walked off with a solid career enhancement would have been Ida Lupino, who would have been superb. This was just the sort of film she did better than anyone.

Cary Grant was begged by Judy Garland, Sid Luft, and Jack Warner to co-star in "A Star is Born", but was terrified to get involved, what with Judy's reputation. It isn't as if he was totally wrong, but I can only imagine the reputation of the film would be in the stratosphere if he had played the role James Mason played so wonderfully. Grant playing against type as a sad, often unsympathetic alkie would have definitely propelled the film to a more profitable run and more awards.

Lucille Ball resisted a strong campaign by Frank Sinatra to take the Angela Lansbury role in The Manchurian Candidate, but ultimately felt she would not be believed by her, by then, huge audience. She would have been very good I think.

Charles Grodin is said to have turned down the leads in The Graduate, and Jaws, as well as another huge film, I can't remember....Close Encounters?

by Anonymousreply 8712/15/2010

Grant would have been a lot better in "My Fair Lady." He had some sex appeal; Harrison had none. Rex Harrison played the part of Higgins--as he did most roles post-Cleopatra--like a male Mary Poppins, to borrow a phrase from a critic.

by Anonymousreply 8812/16/2010

Lucille Ball was offered Dressed to Kill?

That really would have been a horror movie.

by Anonymousreply 8912/16/2010

Doris Day as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate would have been very interesting.

by Anonymousreply 9012/16/2010

[quote]Lucille Ball was offered Dressed to Kill?

She was also offered the Kathleen Turner part in Crimes of Passion but wisely turned it down.

by Anonymousreply 9112/16/2010

Doris Day might have gotten an Oscar nomination for Mrs. Robinson for playing against type.

by Anonymousreply 9212/16/2010

Sigourney Weaver was rehearsing "The Karate Kid", in a pioneering dual role as both Daniel and Mr. Miyagi, but the the call came for "Aliens". She made the right choice, as always.

by Anonymousreply 9312/16/2010

Bette Davis would have killed in WAOVW. It would have been worth it just to hear her utter: "Whatta dump!" You know...again.

by Anonymousreply 9412/16/2010

not the film but the play Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolf:

Katherine Hepburn was offered Martha and sent Albee a note to the effect that she thought the play was brilliant and that she didn't have the chops to pull it off on stage.

Classy kiss off perhaps, but still classy.

by Anonymousreply 9512/16/2010

I turned down the presidency, even though I won it.

by Anonymousreply 9612/16/2010

r. 96 %0D %0D And believe me, the Presidency was the acting role of a lifetime!

by Anonymousreply 9712/16/2010

To the Glenn and Meryl troll(s): If you insist on continuing to run an OLD joke into the ground, can you at least make your posts funny?

by Anonymousreply 9812/16/2010

[quote]Well, I'm sure either would have been quite good, but the only other actress who would have walked off with a solid career enhancement would have been Ida Lupino, who would have been superb

This casting has never occurred to me, but you're absolutely right. If Lupino had been directed to play the part the way she did her role in "The Hard Way," she would have been incredible.

by Anonymousreply 9912/16/2010


by Anonymousreply 10012/16/2010

Doris Day was supposed to be cast in "South Pacific," but Mitzi Gaynor went down so low in price (she wanted that part bad) that they used Mitzi Gaynor.%0D %0D Jonathan Schwartz played his 45 minute phone conversation on air back around Halloween, and this story comes from Doris Day's own lips.

by Anonymousreply 10112/16/2010

Anne Bancroft turned down the role of Golde in the film of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Apparently, it was one of several roles she turned down. She overacts terribly in all the films she made at the end of her career, almost as if it were her own weird way of compensating for NOT playing all those other parts.

by Anonymousreply 10212/16/2010

Gwyneth Paltrow turned down the role of "Rose" in Titanic...thank God for that!

by Anonymousreply 10312/16/2010

True - Charlene Tilton was the first choice for Sophie's Choice.

by Anonymousreply 10412/16/2010

Halle Berry was offered the role in Speed by director Jan De Bont...he really wanted her, apparently, and she turned it down. "I would just be the black woman driving the bus."

To this day she maintains that part would not have made her a star like it made Sandra Bullock.

by Anonymousreply 10512/16/2010

You know, I think Halle Berry was right about Speed. She would have just been the black woman driving the bus, and it would have taken away from the movie.

by Anonymousreply 10612/16/2010

Would have loved to see Tuesday Weld in The Great Gatsby." Could never figure out why Robert Redford was pining away all those years for a bland Mia Farrow. Actually, loved Lois Chiles in that movie - why didn't she have a bigger career?

by Anonymousreply 10712/16/2010

Anne Bancroft turned down "Mommie Dearest" as well. She was dissatisfied with the script.

Supposedly Meryl Streep was considered for the Sigourney Weaver's Alien part.

by Anonymousreply 10812/16/2010

Since when does Gillian Anderson have a chronical back injury??? She turned Dogma down becuase of conflicting shooting schedules with the X-files.%0D And it's a disgrace to say her then boyfriend later her husband, Julian Ozanne, had something to do with it! Just because people are anonymous on the internet doesn't give anyone the right to spread lies. Ever heard of defamation of character?

by Anonymousreply 10912/28/2010

Cher turned down Susan Sarandon's role in Thelma and Louise.

by Anonymousreply 11012/28/2010

[quote]Bette Midler reportedly turned down . . . Chicago.

What role? Surely not one of the leads? Maybe Queen Latifa's Jailer role?

by Anonymousreply 11112/28/2010

R11,%0D %0D [quote]Some of these are hard to believe. I mean, what position has Gillian Anderson ever been in to turn down a motion picture role?[quote]%0D %0D Gillian Anderson also turned down ANACONDA (Jennifer Lopez's part) and VOLCANO (Anne Heche's part), if I remember correctly. During the late 1990s, she was considered the top TV actress in terms of awards and had sex appeal. She chose to do smaller films like "The Mighty" and "Playing by Heart." Unlike most of the other TV stars of the 1990s, she did not seem to try as hard to land major films.

by Anonymousreply 11212/28/2010

[quote]Supposedly Meryl Streep was considered for the Sigourney Weaver's Alien part.

I just read an interview with Helen Mirren where she says she auditioned for the part of Ripley.

by Anonymousreply 11312/28/2010

Grace Kelly considered starring in Marnie until Universal made that info public, thereby creating a bit of a sensation and forcing the royal family to consider it a bad decision.%0D %0D Wasn't Harrison Ford offered one of the lead roles in Making Love, but turned it down because he didn't want to appear in a gay movie?

by Anonymousreply 11412/28/2010

Lois Chiles career went on hiatus when Bill Paley offered her the role of his mistress, which she took for many years, and made enough money from it that she never had to work again.

by Anonymousreply 11512/28/2010

Sigourney Weaver turned down the role of the gorilla in "Gorillas in the Mist." Good move.

by Anonymousreply 11612/28/2010

Jeez, r109. Sensitive much? Who are you?

I seem to recall reading that Gillian Anderson's fall down the stairs had something to do with domestic violence. Then again, I could be thinking of someone else. I didn't know she had chronic back injuries, either. But I fell down a flight of stairs when I was 15 and injured my back, which still bothers me to this day. So I could certainly see where that might keep a person from doing certain physically demanding roles.

She was the It Girl in the 1990s and probably lost out on a lot of roles because of her commitment to the X Files. A shame, because she is very good. Although I hated House of Mirth, that was all wrong for her.

The Sigourney Weaver troll is cracking me up.

by Anonymousreply 11712/28/2010

Jane Fonda turned down the part of Sally in Husbands & Wives because she wouldn't change her hairstyle for the part.

She would have knocked it out of the part in that role.

by Anonymousreply 11812/28/2010

Here's the interview with Mirren.

That's happening much more now. That was the great thing with the first Alien %E2%80%94 I read the original script for that, and when you read it, you had no idea which character was male and which was female. They were just people engaging with each other in this situation. They all had these sort of asexual names, so when Ripley said or did things, you had no idea whether Ripley was a man or a woman. You could have interchanged all the characters %E2%80%94 they could have been all male or all female %E2%80%94 any one of them could have been anything. When people talk about writing for women, I say, "Don't write for women, write for people." Give it an asexual name and then decide whether you're going to cast a woman. I've always believed that.

Did you audition for the original Alien?

I did, actually. Yes, I did, I went up for it.

by Anonymousreply 11912/28/2010

R115%0D %0D %0D Oh... tell me more.%0D %0D Lois used to be so gorgeous. How did they meet ? Why did he need a paid companion ?

by Anonymousreply 12012/28/2010

Sharon's Sliver is a campy 90's movie. How many of those are there? Basic Instinct is, I suppose, but it was too stupid and desperately trying to be sexy.

Sharon tried to act demure in Sliver. Nice try but not very convincing. They changed the ending of Sliver. Sharon and Baldwin were supposed to fly a helicopter into a volcanoe. Sounds mad but it's true! Baldwin talks of volcanoes in the movie.

by Anonymousreply 12112/30/2010

Sigourney Weaver turned down the role of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull because Everlast refused to do a tie-in with her as a spokesmodel for boxing trunks.

by Anonymousreply 12212/30/2010

Lois Chiles eventually married a New York Tycoon, Richard Gilder and is having a very luxurious retirement. She still looks great. A half a billion or so does wonders for the complexion.

by Anonymousreply 12312/30/2010

Sigourney Weaver wisely passed on the role of Meg Ryan.

by Anonymousreply 12412/30/2010

Bette Midler turned down Misery

by Anonymousreply 12512/30/2010

Rumor has it that Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black were big fans of Zac Efron and they offered him a small role in Milk but he turned it down.

by Anonymousreply 12612/30/2010

[quote]Jane Fonda turned down the part of Sally in Husbands & Wives because she wouldn't change her hairstyle for the part.

I love Judy Davis, but Fonda would have been something, too.

by Anonymousreply 12712/30/2010

"volcanoe," rhymes with potatoe?

by Anonymousreply 12812/30/2010

Lois Chiles was beautiful, but she couldn't act for shit.

by Anonymousreply 12912/30/2010

Catherine O'Hara as Catherine Trammel? huh?

by Anonymousreply 13012/30/2010

Debra Winger turned down the Susan Sarandon role in Bull Durham. Liv Ullman turned down Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

by Anonymousreply 13112/30/2010

Debra Winger turned down a lot of good roles, she really messed up her career...she also turned down 'Basic Instinct'.

by Anonymousreply 13212/30/2010

What other roles did , Debra Winger turn down?

by Anonymousreply 13301/01/2011

ellen degeneres turned down lisa kudrow's part in the opposite of sex. she wanted to take it but anne heche said absolutely not because christina ricci's character was "too antigay" and ellen had just come out.

by Anonymousreply 13401/01/2011

Lucille Ball was offered the role of bald alien navigator Ilia in the Star Trek movie as a tribute to Desilu's involvement with the original series. Ms. Ball declined on the grounds that she could never shave off her trademark feature.

by Anonymousreply 13501/01/2011

[quote]What other roles did , Debra Winger turn down?

I think she actually signed on to do A League of Their Own until she learned Madonna had been cast in a part and she backed out. Geena Davis took the part and the movie was a smash.

by Anonymousreply 13601/01/2011

Helen Lawson was offered the Maddy Walker part in "Body Heat," but turned it down when she learned of the explicit sex scenes. "I wouldn't mind a piece of William Hurt, but I'll be damned if I'm gonna show my goddamn tits, ass and box in this fuckin' movie!" Ms. Lawson had to be escorted out of the building because she caused such a scene.

by Anonymousreply 13701/01/2011

What is with all this Lucille Ball turning down this role stuff? Is it a private joke?

by Anonymousreply 13802/04/2011

Besides "Sister George", Angela Lansbury turned down the role of Nurse Ratched in "Cuckoo's Nest".

Sada Thompson once said the biggest regret of her career was turning down Beatrice Straight's role in "Network", because she thought the role was tiny. Then Straight won the Oscar (truth be told, it is a tiny part).

John Lithgow turned down the role of Hannibal Lecter (when Michelle Pfeiffer was attached... I also think it was before Demme was attached as director).

Shirley MacLaine turned down the role of Molly Brown.

And Albert Brooks' first choices for the role in "Mom" were Doris Day and Nancy Reagan(!)

by Anonymousreply 13902/04/2011

[quote]ellen degeneres turned down lisa kudrow's part in the opposite of sex.

Thank god for that. Kudrow was great in the film.

by Anonymousreply 14002/04/2011

And of course, the Brooks movie was called "Mother"... Doh!

by Anonymousreply 14102/04/2011

Catherine O'Hara was the first choice to played Spiderman.

by Anonymousreply 14202/04/2011

Catherine O'Hara was the first choice for Sophie in Sophie's choice.

by Anonymousreply 14302/04/2011

Sophie's Choice is actually based on Catherine O'Hara's real life.

by Anonymousreply 14402/04/2011

Yea what is with this Lucille Ball thing?

by Anonymousreply 14502/04/2011


by Anonymousreply 14602/04/2011

Catherine ohara

by Anonymousreply 14702/04/2011

Lucille Ball invented the aphid.

by Anonymousreply 14802/04/2011

[quote]Keanu Reeves turned down Charlie Sheen's role in "Platoon." And really, thank goodness for that. The role should definitely go to someone who can act. why'd they give it to Charlie Sheen, then?

by Anonymousreply 14902/04/2011

Too many responses to read but Patty Duke turned down the role of Elaine in The Graduate.

by Anonymousreply 15002/04/2011

Weirdly, Dustin Hoffman was originally supposed to play one of the identical cousins.

by Anonymousreply 15102/04/2011

well we know who turned down parts

Who went down on parts to get them?

by Anonymousreply 15202/04/2011


by Anonymousreply 15302/06/2011

Grace Kelly was offered Hitchcock's MARNIE but turned it down or else her husband pressured her to turn it down. New screen sensation 'Tippi' Hedren took the job.

by Anonymousreply 15402/06/2011

Crocodile Dundee was based on Catherine O'Hara's real life.

by Anonymousreply 15502/06/2011

[quote]Would have loved to see Tuesday Weld in The Great Gatsby." Could never figure out why Robert Redford was pining away all those years for a bland Mia Farrow. Actually, loved Lois Chiles in that movie - why didn't she have a bigger career?%0D %0D I loved Lois Chiles in GATSBY and THE WAY WE WERE. Didn't she marry well? Occasionally shows up on TV shows. As for GAISBY, Bib Evans originally brought the property to Paramount for wife Ali MacGraw. She dumped him for Steve McQueen and lost out on that role. I think Tuesday Weld would have been perfect for the part.

by Anonymousreply 15602/06/2011

Halle Berry turned down SPEED (1994).%0D %0D MOVIELINE (April 1, 1995)%0D %0D But I tell her I%E2%80%99d heard she was offered the role Sandra Bullock played in Speed%E2%80%94true or false? On pressing, she admits she blew off the movie, which, maybe, could have made her. %E2%80%9CI turned down Speed because I thought, %E2%80%98I don%E2%80%99t want to drive that bus.%E2%80%99 There wasn%E2%80%99t a whole lot of dialogue.%E2%80%9D she explains, %E2%80%9Cand I admit, I just don%E2%80%99t get it when I read action stuff like. %E2%80%98The bus flies 100 miles per hour over an over-pass.%E2%80%99 One of the script versions they sent me, the bus never got out of Dodger Stadium, it just kept driving around and around the parking lot! What did feel good when I read it, though, was thinking, %E2%80%98Okay, this is not my Academy Award-winning role, but here I%E2%80%99m being offered some-thing that wasn%E2%80%99t written for a black woman.%E2%80%99 When I watched the finished movie. I loved it, and I thought to myself. %E2%80%9CThe movie gods sure didn%E2%80%99t talk to me that day.%E2%80%99%E2%80%9D%0D %0D But the movie gods sure French-kissed Bullock, this issue%E2%80%99s cover girl, who%E2%80%99s been making movie after movie ever since at ever-rising fees. %E2%80%9CHad it been me driving that bus. that wouldn%E2%80%99t be my reality, and that%E2%80%99s a fact,%E2%80%99%E2%80%9D Berry insists. %E2%80%9CIt%E2%80%99s not my reality after being in The Flintstones, one of the biggest movies of the year, so why would I think it would be my reality after Speed? As a black woman, I know better. My reality is very different. My struggle is very different.%E2%80%9D%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 15702/06/2011

[quote]What is with all this Lucille Ball turning down this role stuff? Is it a private joke?%0D %0D It's been a DL joke for about a year now--it probably started in one of the semi-annual "Didn't Lucy suck in "Mame?"" threads. I suppose it will run out of steam sooner or later, but I still think it's funny.

by Anonymousreply 15802/06/2011

[quote]Halle Berry turned down SPEED (1994).

Thank fucking god because would have ruined it!

by Anonymousreply 15902/06/2011

Javier Bardem turned down NINE.

by Anonymousreply 16002/06/2011


by Anonymousreply 16102/11/2011

Not actresses and they didn't exactly turn down the role but Paramount wanted either Carly Simon or Linda Ronstadt for Sandy in "Grease." Because they were putting up so much money, they wanted to make sure "Grease" was a hit soundtrack and felt that they needed a pop music superstar to grease the wheel, so to speak. Both said no and Carr found Juice. However, Carr was hoping for either Susan Dey or Deborah Raffin for Sandy before finding out that Paramount wouldn't go for anyone but a pop star.

by Anonymousreply 16202/11/2011

Elizabeth Shue turned down the good wife.

by Anonymousreply 16302/11/2011

Elizabeth Shue...ha ha ha...have any of you seen "Molly"?

by Anonymousreply 16402/11/2011

Keanu Reeves can act just fine. He just has a goofy voice. See: "The Gift," "A Walk in the Clouds."

Tim Roth was JK Rowling's first choice for Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. She has implied she wrote the part with him in mind. He was all set to sign on the dotted line for it, but ultimately couldn't due to schedule conflicts with Tim Burton's ill-conceived "Planet of the Apes" remake, for which he was already contractually obligated. I bet he kicks himself every day over that one.

by Anonymousreply 16502/11/2011

Have you seen Leaning Las Vegas, R163? Elizabeth Shue is an Oscar winner. She's a great actress.

by Anonymousreply 16602/11/2011

[quote]Elizabeth Shue turned down the good wife.

I wonder why. Schedule? It's not like she has a great film career.

by Anonymousreply 16702/11/2011

There are all kinds of factors for people turning shit down. Money, schedule, location... movie actors are very hard to land for TV gigs because they often hedge at being tied down to the same project for five years when they know in that time they could make 10-15 different movies. Maybe something like that was going on for La Shue.

by Anonymousreply 16802/11/2011

In line with R162, Carly Simon and James Taylor were offered the Star is Born remake before Babs got her hands on it, but Carly said it was too much like their real life and would have been difficult to do.

by Anonymousreply 16902/11/2011

139, I never knew that factoid about Sada Thompson in Network. Beatrice Straight was good, but Thompson would have been equally good, I imagine. The role, the shortest ever to win anyone an Oscar, had a nice monologue/harangue about men in middle age, and William Holden was, as always, an elegant foil. It's plausible to think that Thompson would have won the Oscar. Who else was nominated that year in the supporting-actress category? It must have been slim pickings.

by Anonymousreply 17002/12/2011

R170, that was the year that Jodie Foster should have won for "Taxi Driver" but the Academy didn't want to reward her for playing a 13 yo hooker. Piper Laurie should have also come in ahead of Straight.

by Anonymousreply 17102/12/2011

You never know what's going to happen for sure, and in life we turn down opportunities that turn out to be more than what we thought, and vice versa but Molly!?! WTF?! Pretty Woman AND Ghost?

by Anonymousreply 17202/12/2011

Just FYI, there is a huge difference between "interest" in someone for a role and a bona fide offer.

Many actors appear on producers and casting directors lists when a movie is being cast, this isn't the same thing as an offer.

Very few actual offers are made for a role because there is a financial commitment when an offer is made.

There are many instances on this list where people named as "being offered a role" were just on a consideration list compiled by a casting director or a producer or director etc.

by Anonymousreply 17302/12/2011

Baldwin didn't turn down The Fugitive; he turned down playing any other Jack Ryan roles after doing Hunt For Red October because he didn't want to be typecast and he didn't like Tom Clancy's rightwing views. The role of Jack Ryan in subsequent films went to Harrison Ford.

by Anonymousreply 17402/12/2011

Young people might not know this: Kim Basinger verbally agreed to play the lead in the film version of Boxing Helena (while having dinner with one of the film's executives). She backed out and was sued for $8M. A long and protracted court case followed and she was forced to declare bankruptcy and pay the $8M. Alec Baldwin helped her pay the sum. %0D %0D Later, the verdict was overturned on appeal. And we all know what happened to the marriage.

by Anonymousreply 17502/12/2011

I remember she bought that town, Braselton for $20 million because she was going to re-develop it. I think the Boxing Helena lawsuit but an end to that.

by Anonymousreply 17602/12/2011

[quote]Halle Berry turned down SPEED (1994).

[quote]Thank fucking god because would have ruined it!

Exactly right r159. In many cases mentioned here, the movie wouldn't be the same without the actors cast. This is an obvious one. The audience was 100% behind Sandra's character, rooting her on. Had Halle been cast, we'd all be cheering for a bus crash.

by Anonymousreply 17702/12/2011

[quote] I remember she bought that town, Braselton for $20 million because she was going to re-develop it. I think the Boxing Helena lawsuit but an end to that.%0D %0D Not only -- she was forced to sell her shares in the town for $1M. So, in addition to the costs of the protracted lawsuit, she lost $19M in investment money.

by Anonymousreply 17802/12/2011

Some interesting (And unusual) gossip.%0D %0D At the height of her fame, Tina Lousie was offered the role of Jean Brodie in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" but she had to back out of filming because she had agreed to do "How to Committ Marriage". Tammy Grimes was then considered before Maggie Smith signed on, %0D %0D Louise was also offered the Bree role in "Klute" and Pakula was in love with the idea until Jane Fonda expressed interest. %0D %0D Sadly, she would have to wait until the early nineties to have a comeback with a high profiled "Married with Children" appearance and a well received supporting role in a Brad Pitt film

by Anonymousreply 17902/12/2011

[quote] At the height of her fame, Tina Lousie was offered the role of Jean Brodie in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" %0D %0D Only after Nancy Kulp turned it down.

by Anonymousreply 18002/12/2011

Who cares? Every major actress and actor in Hollywood has turned down a role that turned out to be a big success for somebody else.

by Anonymousreply 18102/12/2011


by Anonymousreply 18202/22/2011

Angela Lansbury turned down Nurse Ratchett in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". (and was glad she did).

by Anonymousreply 18302/22/2011

Lucille Ball was pursued by friend Frank Sinatra for The Manchurian Candidate, but really thought it went too far against her image to play it. She was also offered the Ingrid Bergman part in Cactus Flower, but rightfully figured out it was the younger character's movie and turned it down. And, indeed, Goldie Hawn stole what little there was of the pic to steal from Bergman and Walter Matthau. Lucy dropped out of The Greatest Show on Earth (as Angel) when she became pregnant. Orson Welles considered her the greatest comedienne of her day, and tried to make several movies her, but the studios wouldn't bite.

by Anonymousreply 18402/22/2011

Melissa Leo turned down the role of Oscar Winner.

by Anonymousreply 18502/22/2011

Melissa Leo turned down Wilford Brimley's role in Cocoon, Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy and the older version of Kate Winslet's character in Titanic.

by Anonymousreply 18602/28/2011

[quote]So, in addition to the costs of the protracted lawsuit, she lost $19M in investment money.

No wonder she went bonkers.

by Anonymousreply 18702/28/2011

If you go to Debra Winger's IMDB page, you'd be led to think that she turned down every major Hollywood female role in the late 80's and early 90's.

by Anonymousreply 18802/28/2011

Markie Post turned down the role of Mark Zuckerberg before they offered it to Jesse Whatever.

by Anonymousreply 18903/05/2011

Eva Green's agents made her turn down Antichrist.

From Wikipedia: French actress Eva Green was initially approached for the female lead. According to Trier, Green was positive to appearing in the film, but her agents refused to allow her.

by Anonymousreply 19003/10/2011

They wanted Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly for The Turning Point, which would have been casting made in heaven - but Grace couldn't return to movies and Audrey was asking too much, she wanted her usual fee of one and quarter million, so Bancroft and mcLaine were cast.

by Anonymousreply 19103/11/2011

Emily Taplin Boyd turned down the role of "woman with cat" in Perry Eglestrom's NYU BFA thesis film "Stompin"

by Anonymousreply 19203/11/2011

This was fantasic read. Thanks to all.

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by Anonymousreply 19408/26/2011

Jane Fonda turned down the Judy Davis role in 'Husbands & Wives'.

She would have been FABULOUS in that part.

by Anonymousreply 19508/26/2011

I just read that Dana Delaney turned down the part of Carrie in SATC and a part in Desperate Housewives (at the beginning of the series).

by Anonymousreply 19608/26/2011

yeah she was going to play Brie.

by Anonymousreply 19708/26/2011

Thanks, R197.

by Anonymousreply 19808/26/2011

Streisand and Madonna were all set to star in Gypsy around 1990, but Arthur Laurents got in a snit with Barbra over something and wouldn't let her do it.

by Anonymousreply 19908/26/2011

Gene Hackman was supposed to play Hannibal Lecter at one point.

by Anonymousreply 20008/26/2011

Mia Farrow turned down True Grit with John Wayne.

by Anonymousreply 20108/26/2011

According to IMDb, Dawn Wells was originally cast in Pete's Dragon, but dropped out was was replaced by Helen Reddy. She was also up for the role of Lois Lane in Superman but lost it to Margot Kidder.

by Anonymousreply 20208/26/2011

[quote]Gene Hackman was supposed to play Hannibal Lecter at one point.%0D %0D He changed his mind once he saw the final draft of the script. He thought it was too gory, and of course the rest is history. Nobody could have played Hannibal like Anthony Hopkins did. One of the classic performances in cinema history.

by Anonymousreply 20308/26/2011

If Marilyn Monroe had still been alive, she would have been wonderful as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate.

by Anonymousreply 20408/26/2011

It is funny, when I read that other stars were going to play these roles, I always think how different the role would have been played. Would or could it have been better or worse???

by Anonymousreply 20508/26/2011

[quote]Joan Crawford walked out off From Here to Eternity over Jean Louis's costumes.

I don't think that's accurate. I heard it was only two weeks before the production was to begin, that billing had not been finalized. Joan demanded billing over Burt Lancaster, which was not going to happen. Sad, I think Joan would have been magnificent. I've just never been a big Deborah Kerr fan.

by Anonymousreply 20608/27/2011

Tuesday Weld was the first choice for Rosemary's Baby. Barbra Streisand was considered, but her uber Jewishness made her playing a Roman Catholic somewhat nutty. She wanted Rosemary to be a musical performer also and Andre Previn had penned a ditty for her 'Adrian's Mother' that was put on the shelf once Mia Farrow was cast.

by Anonymousreply 20708/27/2011

Gillian Anderson " The former X-Files star was originally offered the role of Bethany Sloane in "Dogma." She said, "no thanks" and the part wen to Linda Fiorentino instead.

The role was neither important nor popular and certainly did nothing for Linda Fiorentino.

by Anonymousreply 20808/28/2011

I find it hard to believe Dawn Wells was ever a serious contender for Lois Lane in SUPERMAN, even though just about every actress in Hollywood was considered for the part.

by Anonymousreply 20908/28/2011

In 'Truth or Dare', you can see Kevin Costner come backstage after a Madonna concert to try persuade her to star in a movie project he was working on about a star not unlike Madonna. She turned it down rather and even dissed him on camera. %0D %0D Flash forward several months and Whitney Houston has already been cast and wrapped up that same role. Madge, who'd only known massive flops in her movie career, sees a promotional poster for the movie, points at it and laughs, telling the ET correspondent "Just wait till judgement day".%0D %0D 'The Bodyguard' was a massive hit turning Whitney from a well-known singer to a bonafide worldwide superstar.

by Anonymousreply 21008/28/2011

If Streisand had taken the roles in The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby, she might have been considered THE "horror queen", much like Jamie Lee Curtis. However, starring in the two greatest horror movies of all time would have carried a certain cache.

by Anonymousreply 21108/28/2011


by Anonymousreply 21201/13/2012

Cillian Murphy turned down the role of Rose in Titanic. Rumor has it he was too pretty for the role, so it went to Kate Winslet.

by Anonymousreply 21301/13/2012

Wayne Knight turned down Michael Fastbender's role in Shame.

by Anonymousreply 21401/13/2012

Who in the hell ever thought Julia Roberts would be good in Shakespeare in Love?

by Anonymousreply 21501/13/2012

Stanwyck did not turn down [italic]Mildred Pierce[/italic]. She was all set to play it, but Crawford kissed ass at Warners and the rest is history.

Stanwyck DID turn down the role of Margo Channing in [italic]All About Eve[/italic], mainly because she was in the throes of divorcing Robert Taylor and was reluctant to portray an actress in the twilight of her career.

by Anonymousreply 21601/13/2012

r61 That's because she was already on Pacino's dick at the time. Too bad...

by Anonymousreply 21701/13/2012

r216 how do you know this?

by Anonymousreply 21801/13/2012

Tina Turner turned down the role of Shug Avery in Spielberg's adaptation of [italic]The Color Purple[/italic], because it reminded her too much of life with Ike. The lesser-known Margaret Avery took the part.

by Anonymousreply 21901/13/2012

r218 I read it in Axel Madsen's bio of her.

by Anonymousreply 22001/13/2012

[quote]If Streisand had taken the roles in The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby, she might have been considered THE "horror queen", much like Jamie Lee Curtis. However, starring in the two greatest horror movies of all time would have carried a certain cache.

Streisand in Rosemary's Baby? BWAHAHAHAHAHA. Billy Friedkin had a specific looking type he wanted for The Exorcist, Streisand wasn't it.

by Anonymousreply 22101/13/2012

Marie Osmond was the first choice for the role of Sandy in Grease, r162. She turned it down due to her moronmonistic beliefs. The rest is history.

by Anonymousreply 22201/13/2012

Betty Hutton turned down the role of Ado Annie in OKLAHOMA (1955), Gloria Grahame got the part. Hutton close to do SATINS AND SPURS, which killed her career.

I love Hutton and she would have done a fabulous "I Caint Say No", but unless she could have controlled her sock-it-to-em persona, she would have thrown the whole film off-kilter.

by Anonymousreply 22301/13/2012

[quote] He changed his mind once he saw the final draft of the script.

That may be, but I thought the problem was that Hackman was supposed to direct AND act in The Silence of the Lambs, and realizing that doing both would be too difficult an undertaking, he stepped aside. It's possible the violence in the script made it an easier decision.

by Anonymousreply 22401/13/2012

Probably already mentioned, but Gillian Anderson turned down the role of Clarice in Hannibal and the Carrie Anne Moss role in The Matrix.

by Anonymousreply 22501/13/2012

Bryan Singer wanted Janet Jackson as Storm in X-Men, and the Wachowski Bros. wanted her for The Matrix, but she had to turn them down due to her touring schedule.

by Anonymousreply 22601/13/2012

Angela Bassett would have been the perfect Storm.

by Anonymousreply 22701/13/2012

I thought Iman was considered for Storm but backed out?

On that note, Dougray Scott was supposed to play Wolverine but backed out and the role went to Hugh Jackman.

I thought Nicole Kidman, not Aniston, was the first choice for Angie's role on Mr. and Mrs. Smith?

Julia Roberts also turned down The Proposal and that role also went to Sandra Bullock.

by Anonymousreply 22801/13/2012

Johnny Depp was offered the role of Louise in Interview with the Vampire.

by Anonymousreply 22901/13/2012

[quote] Gillian Anderson turned down the role of Clarice in Hannibal

I'm surprised she'd have been offered the role, considering how similar it would have been to her X-Files character.

by Anonymousreply 23001/13/2012

What did Diane Keaton turn down in the late 70's early 80s? I read an interview where she said she turned down a bunch of stuff post-Oscar because she was afraid to break away from Woody Allen and be the lead on her own. She said she was hiding in the ensembles of Manhattan and Interiors because it felt safe.

by Anonymousreply 23101/13/2012

Joyce Dewitt turned down the role of Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron lady".

Judy Landers turned down the role of Sophie in "Sophie's Choice"

Lindsay Lohan accepts all offers.

by Anonymousreply 23201/13/2012

[quote]I'm surprised she'd have been offered the role, considering how similar it would have been to her X-Files character.

That's probably EXACTLY why she was offered the role and exactly why she turned it down.

But Hilary Swank also turned down that role so who knows wtf they were thinking.

by Anonymousreply 23301/13/2012

R165 I can't find a quote of Rowling saying anything of the kind. It's true Roth was offered the part of Snape, and I read that when he turned it down, she suggested Rickman. As for having Roth in mind, she didn't write parts for anyone, as the book series was planned long before they were adapted into film - and she never dreamed they'd be adapted. In fact, she resisted selling the rights for years, until she got assurances that there would be no sequels outside the seven books. She also said she didn't have much power over casting, though they obviously sought her input.

Back to Rickman - he is really too old for the part, as Snape was a contemporary of Harry's parents and would have been 20 years younger than Rickman.

She did say in an interview that she suggested (and was pleased they cast) Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid.

by Anonymousreply 23401/13/2012

Regarding Gillian Anderson in "Hannibal"; I heard she was offered the part, WANTED to do it, but couldn't because it conflicted with her X-Files schedule. I once read in an interview that she stated that her X-Files shooting schedule often caused her to miss out on a lot of offered parts. I don't think she turned anything down simply because she didn't want to do it. If it's true about "The Matrix", that sucks. She would have been great as Trinity.

by Anonymousreply 23501/14/2012

Angela Lansbury has always wanted that Oscar. So if she indeed turned down Nurse Ratched in "Cuckoo's Nest," she must have been fuming when Fletcher won the Oscar.

by Anonymousreply 23601/14/2012

"Weirdly, Dustin Hoffman was originally supposed to play one of the identical cousins."

Little known fact. He didn't turn down the role and did indeed play Kathy. That's how brilliant an actor he is.

by Anonymousreply 23801/14/2012

Sarah Jessica Parker turned down the lead in Seabiscuit. Luckily, Hilary Swank did just fine in the role.

by Anonymousreply 23901/14/2012

UPDATE: I just read on Twitter that Patty Duke does not remember being offered the role of Elaine in the Graduate.

by Anonymousreply 24006/19/2012

Roberts would have been far better than Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love and far worse than Bullock in While You Were Sleeping.

by Anonymousreply 24106/19/2012


by Anonymousreply 24206/19/2012

The producers of "The Help" begged Sigourney Weaver to get into blackface to play Aibleen, but she flat out refused.

by Anonymousreply 24306/19/2012

I think the one who turned don many famous roles was Steve Reeves. Steve was supposed to play Samson in SAMSON & DELILAH but a disagreement with Steve's ultra cut physique made him reconsider that role. Steve was also offered James Bond which he turned down; he was offered the "Man with no name" role directly from Sergio Leone but turned it down and that went to Clint Eastwood; Steve was also set to play Li’l Abner but turned it down. So many missed opportunities.

by Anonymousreply 24406/19/2012

Tim Roth famously turned down the role of Severus Snape to play General Thade in the Mark Wahlberg remake of "Planet of the Apes." JK Rowling personally asked him to do it and he wasn't able to work out the schedules. He's regretted it publicly many times since.

by Anonymousreply 24506/19/2012

I wish George Segal never turned down the leading man in Blake Edwards "10" leaving it to tiny troll looking Dudley Moore, yecch. This was a kiss of death choice for this wonderful comedic actor with a great range of talent. He could do drama and comedy equally well, and to me, was extremely easy on the eyes! SO handsome! Still cute at 79 too and he'll be on "The Goldbergs" in a few days. Can't wait. Yes, huge fan of his since I was a little kid watching movies in the 1970s!

George Segal to me, WAS and still IS the hottest leading man of the 1970s. Sexier than Redford to me! He had such a string of success from the late 60s and through the 70s he was prolific, with a few duds like "The Black Bird" ect. He could have really cemented his career at the start of the 1980s by taking "10" which was a huge success, but instead, this derailed his film career in a very big way. Instead he starred in some duds around that era, and the rest is his career history.

It didn't turn out badly overall, and he re-emerged more in television, but never really regained the leading man role. Also he was getting into his 50s in the 1980s and those roles dry up for some. Unfortunately George got kind of a late start, he was already 30 in 1964, and 32 in 1966 when he starred in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" so he did remarkably well as a popular leading man with a string of big box office hits throughout the 1970s, considering he was was 40 by 1974, in the peak of his career!

Therefore, he would have been 46 already in 1980 had he starred in "10" and that may have kept him at the top longer than most at that age had he not turned it down. "10" was a fun movie, saw it in the theatre when it premiered, and I certainly would have preferred to watch the sexy and handsome George Segal romping around the beach with Bo Derek, than Doody Moore LOL.

by Anonymousreply 24609/19/2013

I'd like to know more about Sigourney.

by Anonymousreply 24809/19/2013

I can't imagine Catherine O'Hara even auditioning for Basic Instinct.

by Anonymousreply 24909/19/2013


by Anonymousreply 25010/07/2013

Sigourney turned down Follies on Broadway. Blythe took it despite her inability to sing. I was soooo embarrassed!!!

by Anonymousreply 25110/07/2013

Gillian Anderson turned down Cora Crawley on Downton Abbey.

by Anonymousreply 25210/07/2013

really r252? Isn't Elizabeth McGovern's husband connected to the show?

by Anonymousreply 25310/07/2013

Why the fuck didn't anyone offer Alec Baldwin the Batman role in his prime. He looks exactly like the character, has the perfect voice - no fake growl - the charm, the ability to be suave and also portray rage.

He would have been perfect. All we've had are pretenders.

by Anonymousreply 25410/07/2013

He was too fat.

by Anonymousreply 25510/07/2013

r87 Lucy was right, no one would've believed her. I'm laughing at the prospect of one of the most intense, pivotal roles ever on screen, being played by Miss Ball.

by Anonymousreply 25610/07/2013

R222 last week Marie Osmond told Wendy Williams she turned down Grease because she felt it was not wholesome enough. She asked them to edit it and they wouldn't. Then they agreed to tone it down when Olivia Newton John signed on. Weird.

by Anonymousreply 25710/07/2013

Jane Fonda turned down the Ellen Burstyn part in THE EXORIST

Ingrid Bergman turned down the Loretta Young part in THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER. Someone asked Bergman if she regretted turning down the role that brought Young an Oscar. Bergman said that she didn't. She said that for Young, speaking in a Swedish accent was acting, but for her (Bergman) if was just talking

by Anonymousreply 25810/08/2013

Wayne Knight was offered Shame?!

by Anonymousreply 25910/08/2013

why didn't Shirley MacLaine do The Exorcist? it was written for her, no?

Carol Burnett turned it down too. That would have been odd. People would have wanted to laugh.

by Anonymousreply 26010/08/2013

Humphrey Bogart owed his career to George Raft, who turned down several of Bogart's biggest roles.

by Anonymousreply 26110/08/2013

Elvis - or rather Colonel Tom - turned down A Star is Born with Streisand for Elvis and also Midnight Cowboy.

by Anonymousreply 26210/08/2013

Bette Midler turned down Sister Act because she didn't want to spend all that time in a nun outfit. She said later she was sorry she made that decision.

by Anonymousreply 26310/08/2013

I grieve at the loss of what almost surely would have been a camp classic, the cinematic pairing of Elvis and Barbra.

by Anonymousreply 26410/08/2013

Charles Laughton rejected the role of Colonel Nicholson, in "The Bridge on the River Kwai", which won the oscar for Alec Guinness.

Years later, Laughton was asked about this. He confirmed it, and said that he couldn't understand the character of Colonel Nicholson, until he saw Guinness' performance. Alec Guinness said that he cherished that comment from Laughton much more than the oscar he won for the part.

by Anonymousreply 26510/08/2013

(R171) Jodie Foster lost the supporting oscar, to Tatum O'Neal, who won for "Paper Moon".

by Anonymousreply 26610/08/2013

Montgomery Clift nixed the part of Terry Malloy, in "On The Waterfront". Marlon won the oscar for it.

In one of his bios, it was revealed that Clift had over a hundred and thirty scripts piled up on his kitchen table. I think that was the number cited. I know it was over a hundred. The one who saw them stated that Clift was very casual about it.

by Anonymousreply 26710/08/2013

r246 scares me. George Segal? Seriously?!

by Anonymousreply 26810/08/2013

no no r266 Jodie lost to Beatrice Straight in Network as stated above

(maybe you are thinking of Linda Blair, who lost to Tatum)

by Anonymousreply 26910/08/2013

Segal was a cutey in The Owl and the Pussycat r268

by Anonymousreply 27010/08/2013

Mia Farrow was supposed to be in "Manhattan Murder Mystery", but then she broke up with Woody and the part was recast.

I watched it recently and the part would have been perfect for Mia. It echoed her Rosemary character (bold and suspicious) but funny this time:

"In the fall of 1992, Allen called Diane Keaton and asked her to fill in for Farrow, and she immediately accepted. When asked if he had re-written the script to fit Keaton's talents, Allen said, "No, I couldn't do that. In a regular script I would have done that upon hiring Diane Keaton. But I couldn't [here] because it's a murder mystery, and it's very tightly plotted, so it's very hard to make big changes... I had written [the part] more to what Mia likes to do. Mia likes to do funny things, but she's not as broad a comedian as Diane is. So Diane made this part funnier than I wrote it"

by Anonymousreply 27110/08/2013

(R269) You're absolutely correct! Why did I confuse Linda Blair and Jodie Foster? Senior moment? Could be.

by Anonymousreply 27210/08/2013

[R267]Some Montgomery Clift trivia:

Clift had scripts on the kitchen table and also had tons of them on the stairs of his place.

He was offered "Shane" but turned it down.

He liked George Stevens as a person but Stevens would have the actors do like 40 takes per scene, and Clift absolutely couldn't stand it, so he turned down Shane.

by Anonymousreply 27310/09/2013

My favorite is Dirk Bogarde turning down Gigi to do that horrid film Song Without End, though the music was gorgeous.

Sheridan Morley in "Dirk Bogarde: Rank Outsider" wrote the most hilarious piece about Song Without End. He talks about the original director (who died suddenly) shaking Capucine until her teeth rattled and yelling RELAX at her.

by Anonymousreply 27410/10/2013

Debra Winger turned down 2 of the five Best Actress nominated roles in 1987 (Broadcast News, Fatal Attraction) plus Nuts.

by Anonymousreply 27510/10/2013
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