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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.

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.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry said no to play the role of the bus driver, Annie Porter, in the movie Speed, which was eventually played by Sandra Bullock. It’s no secret that Speed made Bullock a star.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington said no to playing Detective David Mills in the movie Se7en, though he later regretted his choice, and the role was played by Brad Pitt.


Will Smith

Will Smith was offered the role as Neo in The Matrix but declined due to the immensely hard script. The role was played by Keanu Reeves.

Bette Midler

Bette Midler declined the chance to play the main role in Sister Act, which was notably played by Whoopi Goldberg.

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle was offered the chance to play “Bubba” in the movie Forrest Gump, but he passed and instead the role was played by Mykelti Williamson.

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt was given the opportunity to play in The Wedding Planner but instead the role was snatched up by Jennifer Lopez.

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman was offered the play the role of Lorenzo Council in Freedomland but declined the opportunity. Samuel L. Jackson gladly took on the role.

Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke had the chance to play Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop but instead the part was played by Eddie Murphy.

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah’s busy schedule caused her drop out of the movie Monster’s Ball, and her role was played by Halle Berry.


P. Diddy

P. Diddy was offered the chance to play the role of Willie Beamen in Any Given Sunday, but the role was given to Jamie Foxx.

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy turned down a role as Eddie Valiant in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, which was played by Bob Hoskins.


Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Gooding Jr. could have played the lead role of a slave named Cinque in the movie Amistad, but declined. The part was played by Djimon Hounsou.

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg was offered a role in the movie Splash but the part was instead played by Darryl Hannah.

Tina Turner

Tina Turner had the chance to play the role of Shug in The Color Purple, but she declined and the role was given to Margaret Avery.

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