The actors and actresses cast in movies or televisions often makes or break the show. If they are right for the job, it makes the show stronger and it’s also evident when this is not true. Often times the actor who gets casted wasn’t the first choice.
Keep in mind, shocking may not be only the story told or script; most times we find ourselves surprised by a very different actor that would have played the part differently. Sometimes turning down the role was a good idea, and other times it’s hard to say if it was the right choice.
Honorable mentions go to Matt Damon for the role in Avatar, Julia Roberts in The Proposal and Sean Connery passing onLord of the Rings. For Connery, this one is debatable, but he’s probably just needed a break at the time. These were all “interesting” cases of actors turning down a job, but not all that surprising when you think about it.
Grab your popcorn because we’ve got missed opportunities, cases where it’s good to be king (or rich) and others that are just plain choosey on whom they decide to portray. Once again, your 11 stars that decided to pass on these (eventual) golden tickets.