We’ve all had moments in life where we wish we could go back and time and take a missed opportunity. Well, actors and actresses probably suffer from career regret than most of us. Here are five actors that said, “No thanks,” to some of the biggest breakout roles in film history.
Matt Damon – “Avatar” and “The Dark Knight”
That’s right folks, Matt Damon had the chance to star in not one but two of the biggest grossing blockbusters of all-time and passed. In fairness, Damon has already had an impressive run of franchises playing Jason Bourne as well as his appearances in “Ocean’s Eleven,” Twelve, and Thirteen.
James Cameron offered Damon the lead in “Avatar,” but due to scheduling conflicts Damon couldn’t accept. He also had scheduling difficulties when Christopher Nolan wanted to cast him as Harvey Dent in “The Dark Knight.”
Molly Ringwald – “Pretty Woman” and “Ghost”
A massive superstar in the 1980s, Molly Ringwald turned down two of the biggest hits of 1990. It seems sort of poetic, as the 90s sort of served as the end of her career. We’re not quite sure why she decided to skip out on either film…it’s not like she had anything else going on at the time. Well, Julia Roberts and Demi Moore both owe her Christmas cards for life.
Kevin Costner – Andy Dufresne in “The Shawshank Redemption”
Kevin Cosnter turned down the iconic role of Andy Dufresne in “The Shawshank Redemption,” so he could focus on his passionate and personal project-“Waterworld.” As you know, “Waterworld became a massive flop. In all fairness to Costner, though, Shawshank didn’t do so well in the theatres either. It really wasn’t until it hit video that it became the cult classic that it is now.
Sean Connery – “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Matrix” That’s right folks, Sean Connery was just one, “Yes” away from being Gandalf and Morpheus-two of the most iconic mentor roles in film history. Truthfully, I’m rather glad he turned both roles down. For one thing, “You shall not pass!” just doesn’t sound as cool with a Scottish accent. Also, he would’ve looked kind of funny in a leather trench coat and oval sunglasses. Tom Selleck – “Indiana Jones” Thank God for Magnum PI. Whew, never thought I’d see myself type that. Well, the only reason Spielberg didn’t cast Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones was because Selleck was too busy shooting his hit TV show. I don’t know about you, but I sure can’t imagine Indiana Jones with a massive mustache.