Did You Know? 15 Big Movie Roles That Were Originally Offered To Other Actors

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November 12, 2012 ‐ By Ashley Page

In the acting world, many actors and actresses are open to taking any movie role that they are offered. However, sometimes celebs simply can’t say yes and end up turning down an acting position that they were offered. Here are 15 movie parts that were originally meant for others.

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Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett could have played the role of Storm in the movie X-Men but she declined. The movie role went to Halle Berry.

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  • Jimmie

    I’ve always thought that Angela Bassett should have played Storm in the X men movie, if you really are a X man fan you know that storm is a beautiful dark skin woman with a strong powerful voice. Not saying that Halle didn’t do a good job, but Angela was the perfect cast call for the role of Storm, I wish she would have taken the role.

    • PJ

      She sure should have, Berry is nothing like storm and Angela should have played. Berry turned storm into someone week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kyle-Keller/100003124975337 Kyle Keller

    Actually, Will Smith turned down the role of Neo in the Matrix so he could do Wild Wild West. Bet he regrets that one.

  • Lara

    Eddie Murphy turned down voicing Roger Rabbit, not the role of Eddie Valiant…

  • dbatt001

    Latifa in monsters ball? …um uhhh

  • http://www.facebook.com/denny.kuttz Denny Kuttz

    Check me out on youtube ”Denny Kuttz”

  • NONEYA

    Tupac was fired from Meance to Society and the role went to Larenz “fine a$$” Tate and Tupac as suppose to play Tyreese role in ‘Baby Boy” the role wasnt written for him but he was killed before the movie got made

  • YesImHere

    First time of all the damn clicking I’ve done… This article was the best! Tina would’ve been excellent for Shug’s position BUT … MARGARET DID HER THING!

    Queen Latifah in Monster Ball? Wait… What?

    Denzel in Se7en?

    Great actors but some movies aren’t meant for you! =) Great article! Which u guys would get rid of the clicks but I know you won’t because people get paid crazy money for a darn click!

  • christmas808

    Im glad sandra played in speed but i would have perfered denzel in seven hell i want denzel to play in every movie

  • http://twitter.com/jennaparks11 Jenna

    Queen Latifah in Monsters ball…but … nevermind…

  • Patty Cakes

    I would have loved Tina Turner as Shug Avery

  • Jinsu

    Chris Tucker was offered “Ray” and declined… It went to Jamie. Now all his roles go to Jamie. Lol

    • Windows2thesoul

      they made the right choice choosing jamie fox. i don’t think anyone else could’ve played that role better then jamie.

      • YesImHere

        And Jamie freakishly looks JUST LIKE THAT MAN! He made it do what it do!

  • Tonya

    Whoopi Goldberg in Splash, I don’t believe it. As far as Will Smith in The Matrix, he turned down the role because he was filming Wild Wild West at the time, which bombed. And Angela Basset and Vanessa Williams were offered the role in Monster’s Ball, and both turned it down. Angela Basset said she didn’t like how the movie portrayed black woman and said she wasn’t going to prostitute herself on film.

    Other notable roles you forgot are:
    Michelle Pfeiffer – Silence of the Lambs
    Mel Gibson – Gladiator
    Molly Ringwald – Ghost, Scream & Pretty Woman
    Jack Nicholson – The Godfather
    Tom Hanks – Jerry Maguire
    John Travolta – Forrest Gump
    Sarah Michelle Gellar – Clueless
    Tom Cruise – Footloose
    Julia Roberts – Basic Instinct, Shakespeare in Love, Sleepless in Seattle & The Blind Side
    Johnny Depp – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    Alec Baldwin – The Fugitive
    Denzel Washington – I Robot, Ray & Dreamgirls

    • YesImHere

      John Travolta as Forrest Gump!? No freaking WAY!!

  • sassybuttclassy

    Darn it!!!
    With all that clicking, loading and advertisement dodging, I forgot the comments I planned to make… :o(
    But yea, basically (from what I can remember) I’m glad the majority of these didn’t work out.

  • http://twitter.com/dancelover51 dancelover

    Wait, Whoopi was supposed to play the mermaid in Splash? I don’t believe that one!

  • HoneyDipp

    Ugh… Cuba Gooding Jr. as Cinque would have been utterly TRAGIC!

    • Na Na

      I came to the comments section to make this exact statement!

      • http://twitter.com/MissRisa43 Elle Woods

        my sentiments exactly

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tiffanie-MadameGigglez-Thomas/665285721 Tiffanie MadameGigglez Thomas

    The ONLY one i can see working out is Tina as Shug… the rest im glad didnt work out as planned.