9 celebrities who were offered a win-win role but turned it downVika
Celebrities don't always agree when asked to play roles by directors and producers. The reasons for this are different: some are afraid that the film will seem boring to the audience, others do not trust young directors and simply do not see themselves in this role. For example, Charlize Theron did not want to play the mother of the protagonist of Wonder Woman, because she considers herself too young for this role.
At Pictolic, we found out which celebrities decided to show their stubbornness and refused to act in films that have become hits in the world of cinema.
1. Hannibal Lecter: Sean Connery - Anthony Hopkins.
Director Jonathan Demme wanted Lecter to be played by Sean Connery, but the famous actor turned down the offer. Later, the role was offered to Anthony Hopkins. At first, the actor thought that he was being asked to play in some kind of children's film. But when Hopkins read the first 10 pages of the script, he immediately accepted the director's offer. In the end, Hopkins' intuition turned out to be correct - he was nominated for Best Actor and won his first Oscar.
2. Clarice Starling: Meg Ryan - Jodie Foster.
Meg Ryan also missed the chance to win an Oscar when she turned down the opportunity to play Miss Starling. The actress did not like the dark and harsh plot. In the end, the role went to Jodie Foster, who read the novel and really wanted to try on the image of Clarissa.
3. Ellie Hamilton: Jessica Simpson - Rachel McAdams.
Jessica Simpson is better known as a singer. She missed her chance to become famous as an actress when she turned down an offer to play in The Notebook. Simpson was against love scenes. Rachel McAdams, in turn, was not embarrassed and eventually became Ryan Gosling's on-screen passion.
4. Queen Hippolyta - Charlize Theron - Connie Nielsen.
When Charlize Theron was offered to play the role of Wonder Woman's mother, she was very upset. The famous actress called this offer a slap in the face and rejected it. We understand her feelings, because Gal Gadot is only 9 years younger than Charlize, and they definitely do not look like mother and daughter. Then producer Zach Snyder offered the role to Dutch model and actress Connie Nielsen, who is 20 years older than Gadot.
5. Annie Wilkes: Angelica Houston - Katie Bates.
Houston, better known for her role as Morticia Addams, was to play the main villain in the 1990 film adaptation of Stephen King's novel. But Angelica chose to focus on filming in the movie "Fraudsters", and the role was given to little-known Katie Bates. The actress played the role perfectly and received both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for this.
6. Jacqueline Kennedy: Rachel Weisz - Natalie Portman.
A film about John F. Kennedy's wife has been in production for a long time. Initially, it was supposed to be a joint project of director Darren Aronofsky and his bride Rachel Weisz. But the couple broke up, which is why Weiss stopped filming. Only 2 years later, the studio began negotiations with Natalie Portman.
7. Andy Dufrein: Tom Cruise - Tim Robbins.
Today it is difficult to imagine anyone other than Tim Robbins in the role of innocent and cheerful Andy Dufrein. But this role was offered to many famous actors, including Tom Cruise. However, the action star didn't want to work with the little-known rookie director, so he turned down the offer.
8. Christine Palmer: Jessica Chastain - Rachel McAdams.
Jessica Chastain decided not to play the role of Benedict Cumberbatch's beloved woman in Doctor Strange. According to the scriptwriter of the film, Chastain made this decision because she did not lose hope of playing a superhero in the Marvel Universe.
9. Elizabeth I: Emily Watson - Cate Blanchett.
The role of the queen was originally offered by Emily Watson, but the actress turned down the offer and never regretted it. Watson admitted that she would never have played a role like Blanchett, who received a Golden Globe for this work.