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Will Smith turned down The Matrix for Wild Wild West.

Michael Madsen turned down playing Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction for Wyatt Earp.

Sean Connery turned down Gandolf from LOTR, reportedly costing him $400 million


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Connery & Smith will be okay having plenty of $, but poor Madsen, he really couldve used the career boost.

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Posted by CantAndleDaRiddum

Will Smith turned down The Matrix for Wild Wild West.

Michael Madsen turned down playing Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction for Wyatt Earp.

Sean Connery turned down Gandolf from LOTR, reportedly costing him $400 million


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Connery & Smith will be okay having plenty of $, but poor Madsen, he really couldve used the career boost.




i do agree, but john travolta was sooooo good as vincent vega.

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david shwimmer (i think thats how you spell it) turned down Men In Black to act in the popular movie Breastmen. the role was later offered to Will Smith... so will made a bad choice in not doing the matrix but made up for it by getting lucky and landing MIB (even though matrix was probably alot higher grossing film)

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Posted by CantAndleDaRiddum

Will Smith turned down The Matrix for Wild Wild West.

Michael Madsen turned down playing Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction for Wyatt Earp.

Sean Connery turned down Gandolf from LOTR, reportedly costing him $400 million


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Connery & Smith will be okay having plenty of $, but poor Madsen, he really couldve used the career boost.




i do agree, but john travolta was sooooo good as vincent vega.


pulp fiction is my fav movie & vega is my fav character. trust me i am glad madsen turned it down

madsen was real good in reservoir dogs

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Back in the day my friend used to say Tarentino wants to make the Vega Bros. movie with Travolta and Madsen.

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Posted by nastshabast

Back in the day my friend used to say Tarentino wants to make the Vega Bros. movie with Travolta and Madsen.



i heard that too, damn shame it never happened

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OJ Simpson - The Terminator
"Passed over for the role of the terminator because producers feared he wouldn't be taken seriously as a killer."

Chris Farley - Shrek
"Chris Farley was originally cast as Shrek and even recorded the dialogue before he passed away"

Paul Reubens - Ghostbusters
"Paul Reubens (PeeWee Herman) was going to play the part of Gozer, but then turned it down"

Tom Selleck - Raiders Of The Lost Ark
"Tom Selleck was originally pursued by Spielberg & Lucas to play Indiana Jones, but it conflicted with his agreement to do Magnum P.I."

Chuck Norris - The Karate Kid
"Chuck Norris turned down the part of John Kreese (Cobra Kai Sensei)"

Johnny Depp - Interview With The Vampire
"Johnny Depp turned down the lead role of Lestat"

Quentin Tarantino - Mallrats
"Tarantino was supposedly considered to play the part of Stan Lee before Stan signed on"

Dr Ruth Westheimer - Dirty Dancing
"Dr. Ruth Westheimer turned down the role of Mrs. Schumacher after she found out the character was a thief"

Sylvester Stallone - Star Wars
"According to Lucas, Sylvester Stallone was considered for the role of Han Solo"

Eric Stoltz - Back To The Future
"Eric Stoltz was actually hired to play Marty McFly in Back to the Future, and was replaced later with Michael J Fox"

David Letterman - Airplane
"David Letterman screen tested for the role of Ted Striker. Jerry Zucker later brought the tape along to a Late Night appearance. Dave was not amused."

Sammy Davis Jr. - Beetlejuice
"Tim Burton wanted his childhood hero, Sammy Davis, Jr., to play the title character in Beetlejuice. Studio execs shot him down."

Tupac Shakur - Forrest Gump
"According to his ex-wife, Tupac auditioned for the role of Bubba"

Brad Pitt - Shawshank Redemption
"Brad Pitt was intended for the role of Tommy Williams"

Robert De Niro - Big
"was considered for the lead role but wanted too much money"

Tom Cruise - Donnie Brasco
"Cruise was originally cast as Donnie Brasco but had to back out because production was pushed back."

James Caan - Superman
"Unwisely turned down the lead role of Superman"

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Cool thread!

Though I can't say this one counts,it's still a little funny.
Glenn Danzig turned down the part of Wolverine in the X men movie,only to get knocked out by a fat guy backstage at one of his shows.

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Things happen for a reason, and for some of these, I am glad. Some of these great movie would not be great movies IMO if the first pic would have got it.

Sylverster as Han Solo?
Connery as Gandolph?

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Pac as Bubba Gump. That would have been wierd.

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Chuck Norris?
I dont think that was bad for him since he's the new internet God.

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Nicholas Cage - Neo from The Matrix and Aragorn in LOTR

Schwarzeneger - I Am Legend

Christopher Walken auditioned for the role of Han Solo

Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix came close to sharing a hike up "Brokeback Mountain."

Tim Roth - Snape from the Harry Potter movies

Will Smith - K-Pax and Colin Farrell's role in Phone Booth (Tom Cruise also turned this down)

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Posted by MMAcca

Nicholas Cage - Neo from The Matrix and Aragorn in LOTR

Schwarzeneger - I Am Legend

Christopher Walken auditioned for the role of Han Solo

Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix came close to sharing a hike up "Brokeback Mountain."

Tim Roth - Snape from the Harry Potter movies

Will Smith - K-Pax and Colin Farrell's role in Phone Booth (Tom Cruise also turned this down)



Roth wouldve made a good Snape

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For definate.

Not too sure about Joaquin and Wahlberg going brokeback though..........

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