It’s amazing how often actors take the wrong roles in Hollywood. The following list includes a number of these actors who either chose one bad role over a good one, or just passed on something incredible altogether:
Will Smith could have been Neo in “The Matrix” instead of Keanu Reeves. I loved the first movie, but the two sequels were garbage. Not sure if the Fresh Prince could’ve saved them anyway.
Tom Hanks was offered the roles of Ray Kinsella in “Field of Dreams” and Andy Dufresne in “Shawshank Redemption.” Those are two of my favorite all-time movies, so I’m not sure I want to mess with that, but Kevin Costner definitely sucks as an actor. Shawshank I don’t mess with. Ever.
Speaking of Hanks, John Travolta turned down “Forrest Gump.” He would’ve had no problem playing a simple guy.
Sean Connery was originally offered the role of Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings,” but turned it down because he’d never read the books and said he didn’t understand the script. I guess those celebrity Jeopardy skits on SNL didn’t misrepresent this guy, eh?
Julia Roberts turned down the leg-crossing role from “Basic Instinct” that made Sharon Stone famous. She also could’ve had Gwyneth Paltrow’s role in “Shakespeare in Love.” Roberts, by the way, just doesn’t do it for me. Not attractive. Strange lips not unlike that of a fish.
Molly Ringwald (the red-headed chick from “Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles”) turned down not one but two roles that could’ve made her a star—the hooker from “Pretty Woman,” and Demi Moore’s role in “Ghost.” If you’re going to turn down two big roles like that, you deserve to be un-famous.
Mel Gibson could’ve been “Maximus” in Gladiator and Robin Hood in “Prince of Thieves.” Repeat: Costner sucks and Melly Mel can actually do an English accent. But “Gladiator” won best picture as it is. Gibson can’t touch everything, right?
And last but not least, I turned down DiCaprio’s role in “Titanic,” but didn’t think I could take the pressure of being a sex symbol. I’m regretting it now, of course. We can’t all be winners.