17 Actors Who Rejected Major Roles That Became Hugely Successful

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Trying to find the stars of a movie can sometimes take a long time and a lot of rejections before you actually find the perfect fit. An actor might not like the script or not have time on their schedule for filming. That’s why producers always have alternative actors in mind. And sometimes these other options turn out to be much better than the original ones.

1. Brad Pitt in The Matrix

2. John Travolta as Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump

3. Marilyn Monroe in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

4. Mel Gibson as Maximus in Gladiator

5. Madonna in The Matrix

6. Natalie Portman as Adaline in The Age of Adaline

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7. George Clooney as Noah Calhoun in The Notebook

8. Julia Roberts as Margaret Tate in The Proposal

9. Matt Damon in Avatar

10. Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick in The Mummy

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11. Jim Carrey as William ’Buddy’ Hobbs in Elf

12. Jack Nicholson as Michael Corleone in The Godfather

13. Sarah Jessica Parker as Vivian in Pretty Woman

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14. Leonardo DiCaprio as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho

15. Anne Hathaway as Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook

16. Nathalie Emmanuel as Selina in Batman

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17. Sean Connery as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings


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