The "law of meanness" is the very law that always works. And it doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, popular or not. We have compiled for you interesting stories of popular Hollywood actors who refused magnificent and promising roles that could bring incredible success for the sake of less promising projects that did not have demand afterwards.
Black Widow in the movie Iron Man 2 (2010)
Could play Emily Blunt / Played by Scarlett Johansson
Superhero and fantasy films were recently considered not too prestigious, so popular actors and actresses often rejected offers to star in such films, hoping to get the most serious options. But today, it is these films that enjoy the great attention of people around the world, comic universes grow from year to year.
Initially, the role of the notorious Black Widow was offered by Emily Blunt, but the actress refused the offer, preferred the films "Gulliver's Travels" and "Wolfman", which did not have much success and turned out to be passable. The superhero films of the Marvel universe, meanwhile, are still in great demand, and the heroine Black Widow, which eventually played by Scarlett Johansson, was very fond of fans.
Neo in the movie "The Matrix" (1999)
Could play Will Smith / Played Keanu Reeves
Today, The Matrix is deservedly considered a classic of cinema, and back in 1999, when the film was just planned, many actors known to the world auditioned for the main male role. For example, Johnny Depp, who was opposed by all the producers, Brad Pitt, who refused the film of his own free will, and even Will Smith, who at that time was at the top of popularity after the overwhelming success of projects such as Men in Black and Independence Day " It was the latter that the directors chose as the ideal candidate, but Will suddenly abandoned the Matrix in favor of the failed Wild, Wild West.
Jake Sally in the movie Avatar (2009)
Could play Matt Damon / Played by Sam Worthington
Matt Damon, unlike his colleagues listed above, is not that he really lost because of his own failure. He traded the main role in the hit movie Avatar for the spy thriller Bourne Ultimatum, which also had great success. Nevertheless, it is obvious that participation in the filming of Avatar was more significant and profitable, especially if we talk about the fee. Money and popularity eventually came to Sam Worthington, a newcomer to the industry at that time.
Jake Sally in the movie Avatar (2009)
Could play Jake Gyllenhaal / Played by Sam Worthington
Newcomer Sam Worthington, by the way, wiped his nose not only Matt Damon, but also Jake Gyllenhaal. Initially, it was wanted by director James Cameron and specialists in the selection of actors. They offered him a role at the official level, but at the last moment Gyllenhaal refused the Avatar in favor of the Prince of Persia, where he got the main role. Needless to say, how successful was the project of James Cameron in comparison ...
Andy Dufrain in the movie "Shawshank Redemption" (1994)
Could play Kevin Costner / Played Tim Robbins
Kevin Costner is a very prominent actor who has played in more than one successful Hollywood movie. But he also made mistakes. One of them is the rejection of the main role in the cult film "Shawshank Redemption." Apparently, not knowing how successful this movie will be, Costner chose to play in a film called "The Water World", which turned out to be a failed project in his career. Well, what to do ... But Tim Robbins was lucky!
Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Could play Sean Connery / Played by Ian McKellen
Peter Jackson saw in the role of Gandalf actor Sean Connery, to whom he offered to participate in the filming of The Lord of the Rings. But he, despite the good prospects, a decent fee (if he agreed to the role, he would have become the highest paid actor in the entire history of the film industry), the most comfortable working conditions, Connery refused. As a reason, he designated his own non-love of the fantasy genre.
In the end, Gandalf’s staff fell into the hands of Ian McKellen, who showed the class on the set and earned the love of millions of people around the world, and Connery played in the movie “Find Forrester,” which turned out to be uninteresting to almost anyone. To each his own, as they say.
Howard Hughes in the movie The Aviator (2004)
Could play Jim Carrey / Played Leonardo DiCaprio
“Aviator” by Martin Scorsese is a film that has had truly stunning success. Leonardo DiCaprio coped with the main role of the legendary aviator, engineer, entrepreneur, actor and director Howard Hughes really well. Critics were delighted, and the audience too.
Few people know that initially the actor Jim Carrey, tired of comedy projects, wanted the role. He wanted to prove his own ability to play in serious films (like The Truman Show, which, unfortunately, completely broke the stereotypes that arose about the actor). Scorsese agreed to take Kerry in the lead role, but at the last moment the actor changed his mind and refused to participate in the filming in favor of another biographical drama about the aviator Howard Hughes. The film, by the way, was never shot. But Scorsese did not regret at all that he took on the role of DiCaprio.
Destroy the comedic image of Jim Carrey was able to director Michelle Gondry, who offered the actor a role in the movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
David Mills in the movie "Seven" (1995)
Could play Denzel Washington / Played by Brad Pitt
Director David Fincher was sure that Denzel Washington should play Detective Mills in the movie "Seven". This is a serious, dramatic and promising role. For a long time, Fincher persuaded the actor to take part in the filming, agreed on a schedule, a fee and a script. He even expressed his willingness to make changes to the script, if only Washington agreed to work together. But he preferred another project, and detective Mills was played by Brad Pitt, who liked the original script and the project as a whole. Denzel Washington starred in a film called "The Devil in a Blue Dress", which you probably have not heard anything about ...