22 Actors That Turned Down Major Roles


2. Tom Hanks – Jerry Maguire

Tom Hanks has his own case of missed opportunity. It is rumored that Cameron Crowe wrote the part of Jerry Maguire in Jerry Maguire with Tom Hanks in mind. However, when the movie came to production, Tom Hanks was busy directing That Thing You Do. Tom did say later that he thought Tom Cruise was a great replacement. He stated that no one could look at the movie and see it as anything less than perfect.

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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.

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