April 15, 2020 at 5:34 pm #1203429001
The other threads inspired me to start this.
We’ve discussed how Michelle Pfeiffer and Meg Ryan turned down Silence of the Lambs.
Bette Midler and Jessica Lange turned down Misery.
Barbra Streisand turned down Klute and Julia.
Cher turned down Thelma and Louise
Debra Winger turned down Fatal Attraction and got pregnant and dropped out of Broadcast News (so she had first choice of 2 of the nominated films plus Nuts too that year)
List!April 15, 2020 at 6:07 pm #1203429033
I read somewhere that Leonardo DiCaprio was first offered Joker with Scorsese attached as producer but he turned it down for his reasons,so then he got replaced with Phoenix and the rest is history.April 15, 2020 at 6:32 pm #1203429061
Julia Roberts turned down The Blind SideApril 15, 2020 at 6:45 pm #1203429087
I read somewhere that Leonardo DiCaprio was first offered Joker with Scorsese attached as producer but he turned it down for his reasons,so then he got replaced with Phoenix and the rest is history.
Wasn’t there was also a period in between Leo & Joaquin where Bradley Cooper was discussions to play the titular role?
Emmys FYC: Alan Tudyk in “Resident Alien”, Billie Piper in “I Hate Suzie”, Ego Nwodim in “Saturday Night Live”, Kaley Cuoco in “Harley Quinn”
“Dickinson”, “P-Valley”, “Pose” & “Superstore” in all categoriesApril 15, 2020 at 6:48 pm #1203429093
- Emma Watson, La La Land
- Angelina Jolie, Gravity
- Angela Bassett, Monsters Ball
- Anne Hathaway, Silver Linings Playbook
- Leonardo DiCpario, Brokeback Mountain
- Brad Pitt, Brokeback Mountain
- Jennifer Hudson, Precious
- Gwyneth Paltrow, Titanic
- John Travolta, Forrest Gump
- Mel Gibson, Gladiator
Have a great day if you see this!
FYC: Ted Lasso
Straight/BLMApril 15, 2020 at 6:49 pm #1203429096
Angela Bassett turned down Monster’s BallApril 15, 2020 at 6:50 pm #1203429098
Anne Hathaway, Silver Linings Playbook
Anne left the project over creative differences with director David O. Russell.April 15, 2020 at 6:50 pm #1203429102
Gwyneth Paltrow turned down Titanic
Kate Winslet turn down Shakespeare in LoveApril 15, 2020 at 6:52 pm #1203429106
John Travolta turned down Forrest Gump
John Travolta has openly admitted in several interviews that passing on the role of Forrest Gump was one of the biggest mistakes of his career.April 15, 2020 at 6:54 pm #1203429108
Sandra Bullock turned down Million Dollar Baby
Speaking of Sandra Bullock, she was originally cast as Maggie in Million Dollar Baby—but in another case of scheduling conflicts, she had to drop out because of filming Miss Congeniality 2.April 15, 2020 at 6:55 pm #1203429110
Molly Ringwald turned down Pretty WomanApril 15, 2020 at 6:58 pm #1203429112
Jack Nicholson as Michael Corleone in The Godfather
Jack Nicholson turned down the iconic role as The Godfather in the 1972 film. Nicholson reportedly told Movieline in 2004 that he thought the role should have been played by an Italian.
Sean Connery as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings franchise
Producers for the Lord of the Rings franchise reportedly offered Sean Connery $10 million per film and 15% of box office earnings to play Gandalf. Connery turned down the role, saying he “did not understand the script.” As a result, he reportedly missed out on a $450 million dollar payday.April 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm #1203429115
Jennifer Hudson as Claireece Precious Jones in Precious
Jennifer Hudson was offered the title role in Precious, but turned it down because she didn’t want to gain weight for the film.
“As much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight,” Hudson wrote in her book I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me DownApril 15, 2020 at 7:01 pm #1203429117
Tom Hanks as Jerry McGuire in Jerry McGuire
The role of Jerry McGuire was literally written for Tom Hanks. But Hanks turned down the film after reading the script, even though the entire production was banking on him booking the movie.April 15, 2020 at 7:59 pm #1203429183
Paul Bettany turned down the role of Duke of York/King George VI in The King’s Speech and later admitted he regretted it.
Michelle Pfeiffer, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and Diane Lane all turned down Still Alice.
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