22 Actors That Turned Down Major Roles

When it comes to life as a celebrity, it can be hard to make the right choices. Sometimes it is impossible to know which roles will hit the big time and which roles will be a big flop. Here are just a few of the major roles that were turned down, some of which the actors may now regret passing.


1. John Travolta – Forrest Gump

This one is really hard to swallow because it is quite impossible to imagine anyone besides Tom Hanks as the lead role in Forrest Gump. But believe it or not, the role originally went to John Travolta. There’s no denying that John is a talented actor, but the film would have been very different with John at the helm. John admitted after the movie was released that it was probably a mistake to turn down the role.

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  1. Greg

    October 28, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Kevin Bacon wasn’t in American Beauty. I think you meant Kevin Spacey. Typo on http://popnewz.com/actors-that-turned-down-major-roles/21/

    • admin

      October 28, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      Thanks, Greg!

  2. Dave

    November 4, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Here are two quick ones.

    1. Chevy Chase was offered the role of both Egon Spengler and Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters. He turned it down. Cause the script he had said was much darker then what you see in the film.

    2. Eddie Murphy turned down the role of Winston Zeddmore in Ghostbusters. Only cause he thought the movie wouldn’t catch on and make money. Instead he went on to make Beverly Hills Cop. Funny thing Eddie admits he should have signed on to Ghostbusters.