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Certain actors are synonymous with certain roles, but sometimes they weren't the first choice for the job. Take a look at these actors who turned down big roles, and the actors who took their place.
The role of Tiffany in 'Silver Linings Playbook' was supposed to be played by Anne Hathaway, the film producer Harvey Weinstein has revealed. "David (O. Russell, the film director) and Anne had some creative differences,' Weinstein admitted. 'They didn't see eye-to-eye. And then this amazing creature walked in who is a brilliant actress (Jennifer Lawrence), and so much fun, and she won an Oscar." Like Lawrence, Hathaway too won an Oscar in 2013, for her role of Fantine in 'Les Miserables'.
Will Smith has admitted that he wasn't ready to play Neo back in 1999. "The Matrix is a difficult concept to pitch. In the pitch, I just didn’t see it. I watched Keanu Reeves' performance – and very rarely do I say this – but I would have messed it up. I would have absolutely messed up The Matrix," he said. "At that point I wasn’t smart enough as an actor to let the movie be. Whereas Keanu was smart enough to just let it be. Let the movie and the director tell the story, and don’t try and perform every moment.”
Hugh Jackman has Russell Crowe to thank for him landing the Wolverine role. Jackman told Australia's Triple M FM: "Bryan Singer asked Rusty [Crowe] to do Wolverine, and he said, 'Nah mate I’ve just done ‘Gladiator’, it’s not for me but you should look at this guy…'"
'Magnum P.I.' star Tom was originally offered the lead role in 'Indiana Jones', but his TV network vetoed the move - and Harrison Ford got the part.
John Travolta must still be kicking himself for turning down the lead role in 'Forrest Gump'. The film went on to win six Oscars, including Best Actor for Tom Hanks.
Liam Neeson's detached cool would have made him an ideal candidate for James Bond. However, the Irish actor turned down a role in 'Goldeneye' because he wasn't interested in acting in action films - and Pierce Brosnan got the part.
Jim Carrey may have had Captain Jack Sparrow's oddball sense of humour down to a tee, but we can't imagine anyone but Johnny Depp playing the loveable pirate. Truly iconic!
Gwyneth Paltrow was James Cameron's first choice to play Rose in 'Titanic'. The actress reportedly declined, saying the film was not her "cup of tea", freeing up the role for a certain Kate Winslet, and the rest is history.
Sean Connery turned down £19 million and 15% of the film's box office takings because he was sceptical about acting in a fantasy film. The deal would have made him a whopping £283 million, but Sir Ian McKellen got the role in the end.
Bruce turned down the role of Sam Wheat in Ghost “because he didn’t think the plot would work and that playing a ghost would be detrimental to his career”, according to Imdb. Ironically, he went on to play the role of a ghost in the chilling thriller 'The Sixth Sense'!
Warner Bros. originally had Robin Williams in mind to play Hagrid in the 'Harry Potter' films. However, JK Rowling had a clause written into her contract that insisted the cast would be composed of British actors.
Not only was Eric Stoltz was originally in line to play the lead in 'Back to the Future', he actually shot half the film before being axed in favour of Michael J Fox!
When Quentin Tarantino offered Mickey Rourke the role of Butch in 'Pulp Fiction', Rourke turned it down because he wanted to continue pursuing his career as a boxer rather than portray one on-screen. Bruce Willis would get the role.
Robert Downey Jr. is so memorable as Tony Stark that it's hard to imagine anyone else playing the role. But in 2004, Marvel Studios executive Kevin Feige said: "There have been discussions [with Cruise] over the last several years and there are a number of factors involved."
Having starred in 'Sixteen Candles', 'Pretty In Pink' and 'The Breakfast Club', Molly was one of Hollywood's biggest names. In turning down the lead in 'Pretty Woman', she inadvertently launched Julia Roberts' career - but Molly has no regrets. "The script was okay but I gotta say, Julia Roberts is what makes that movie," she wrote on Reddit. "It was her part. Every actor hopes for a part that lets them shine like that."
It's hard to imagine Bill Murray as the Caped Crusader, but the 'Ghostbusters' star was originally in the running to play Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton's 1989 movie 'Batman'. I would have been a fine Batman," he told MTV, "but I thought Mike Keaton did a great job."