Every actor has confronted rejection, and I’m positive it is troublesome for actors to know they missed out on some main, career-making function.
But generally, that film they so badly needed to be in fully bombs, they usually’re left standing at a secure distance from the fallout. Here are 21 actors who misplaced out on a task and doubtless now look again and say, “Whew, I dodged a bullet.”
But it wasn’t at all times going to be Ryan Reynolds starring within the flop — Bradley Cooper additionally auditioned for the starring function, even getting so far as display checks. He joked that his face was too asymmetrical for the masks, and in addition mentioned he blew the audition by doing a nasty Christian-Bale-as-Batman impression.
Justin Timberlake was additionally thought of, and display examined as effectively — although he would as an alternative do In Time in 2011, which did not fare a lot better in critiques or the US field workplace — although the movie price a lot much less to make and was in a position to do fairly effectively internationally.
We cannot discuss well-known superhero flops with out mentioning Batman & Robin. The movie was universally abhorred, and the director, Joel Schumacher, even apologized for it. Its star, George Clooney, has referred to as the movie horrible and largely blamed himself for a way unhealthy it’s.
But George Clooney would not be on this place in any respect if the function had gone to David Duchovny, who alluded to auditioning for the function and never being provided it.
It seems, Hugh Jackman was provided his decide of roles within the adaptation of the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, and turned it down. “You know, Tom rang me early on because we did Les Mis together, and there were a couple of options there based on availability and time, and I really…yeah, I just wasn’t available at the time,” Jackman defined after the movie aired. Jackman was then requested if he was glad he hadn’t been in a position to do the movie, and replied, “I don’t want to be in the business of bashing people” and that he hadn’t seen it…however I believe it is secure to say he is not sad he turned down a task.
In one other cat-related instance…making a live-action model of The Cat within the Hat appeared an odd selection, and it wasn’t a lot of a shock when the movie was badly reviewed. The movie starred Mike Myers in the course of the post-Shrek (and Austin Powers) peak of his fame, however didn’t measure as much as his previous initiatives.
But it needn’t have occurred that approach. Tim Allen may have performed the function; he dropped out in 2001 so he may give attention to The Santa Clause II. “I couldn’t do two icons,” Allen defined on the time, and I’m positive he is pleased along with his choice now.
But the movies might have appeared very totally different if Eddie Redmayne had starred as an alternative. Redmayne auditioned for the challenge in its early levels, and was given a scene from one other movie to learn (because the challenge was too prime secret to indicate the dialogue to potential stars). “So, they provide you a scene from Pride and Prejudice, however then, they inform you you’re auditioning for the baddie. If you’re me, you then put some ridiculous voice on. … [The casting director] was simply sitting there, and I used to be making an attempt time and again with totally different variations of my sort of ‘koohh paaaah’ [Darth Vader breathing sound] voice. And after, like, 10 photographs, she’s like, ‘You bought anything?’ I used to be like, ‘No.’” While an embarrassing audition isn’t enjoyable, Redmayne is likely to be glad he did not should tackle this function.
Eragon has bought to be one of many worst book-to-film diversifications of all time, and I’m shocked it even bought to 16% on Rotten Tomatoes. Star Ed Speleers has accomplished alright for himself since then, however it was not precisely a star-making movie.
Alex Pettyfer, who was largely unknown (apart from as a mannequin) again then, was really provided the function first. He determined to do Stormbreaker as an alternative, as a result of he was afraid of flying and must shoot Eragon overseas. Stormbreaker was not a success both, however it did fare no less than barely higher than Eragon with critics.
While Showgirls enjoys a greater popularity right now than it as soon as did, it was an enormous bomb upon its launch, and undoubtedly did not assist Elizabeth Berkley’s profession.
However, Berkley wasn’t at all times within the function — it may’ve been performed by Charlize Theron. The movie’s director even admitted Theron dodged a bullet: “She was very fortunate that she didn’t get the half. … If she had been provided the half then, she would in all probability have been chewed up in the identical approach they handled Elizabeth.”
The 2005 Fantastic Four movie was a crucial failure, scoring solely 28% on Rotten Tomatoes, although it did effectively on the field workplace. Jessica Alba performed the one lady on the staff, Sue Storm, and memorably nearly give up appearing after having such a horrible expertise on the movie’s sequel.
Instead of Alba, the function may’ve gone to a different actor — Ali Larter. Larter referred to as going with Alba “a totally different thing” — she continued, “If you’re going to go with Jessica Alba for a part, you’re not going to go with someone like me. They’re two totally different things.” Well, it is a good factor they have been in search of a unique kind, as a result of possibly the expertise would’ve been simply as unfavorable for Larter.
Fox tried to reboot the sequence in 2015, however this one did not fare a lot better, incomes solely 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. This time, Sue Storm was performed by Kate Mara.
Emmy Rossum had additionally auditioned for the function, and was “devastated” to not get it. “I just didn’t hook into that character at all. I didn’t understand the dialogue, I couldn’t sell it, I was just like, ‘I don’t know what to do with my lines.'”
Margot Robbie had additionally been in talks to play the function, however she “didn’t really resonate with the script.”
“We knew going into this that to make it work would be a stretch, but the opportunity to work with Will (Smith) and Barry (Sonnenfeld) was too exciting to pass up,” Clooney mentioned. “Ultimately, we all decided that rather than damage this project trying to retrofit the role for me, it was better to step aside and let them get someone else.” Again…this was for the perfect, no less than for Clooney.
Clooney additionally declined to star in one other flop — Movie 43 — apparently telling the administrators “no fucking way.” While this was no accident on Clooney’s half, I’m positive he was much more pleased along with his choice after critiques for the movie got here out. The movie has a whopping 4% on Rotten Tomatoes.
This labored out fairly fabulously for Hemsworth, who was dissatisfied at attending to “seven or eight callbacks” (for G.I. Joe and X-Men) and never getting the job. “But then, Thor came along,” Hemsworth mentioned. “If I had got one of those previous roles, I wouldn’t have got Thor.”
Jim Carrey was apparently the “first choice” to play Pistachio Disguisey in The Master of Disguise earlier than he turned it down.
This ended up being a sensible choice — the movie bombed, and it is referred to as certainly one of Dana Carvey’s worst roles.
Carrey was additionally initially meant to star as Shaggy within the Scooby-Doo live-action movie, which bought a 32% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’d name this one other sound choice, not simply because the movie was panned (although it did superb within the field workplace and even bought a sequel), however as a result of Matthew Lillard was the brilliant spot within the movie and obtained crucial approval for the function. I actually could not image somebody doing higher than Lillard, or popping out extra unscathed.
As it seems, Tom Cruise reportedly realllyyyyy needed the function — regardless of, ya know, being nearly 50 when the movie was casting. He’d initially been in talks to star again within the early ’90s. Probably for the perfect that they have been so set on Taylor Kitsch.
And lastly, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen might have been a field workplace hit, however it was trashed by critics and bought a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequel starred Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, like the primary movie.
According to Robert Pattinson, he additionally auditioned for a task. This was quickly after the primary Twilight movie had been launched, and he embarrassed himself by pretending to be American, like he used to do in auditions…when everybody knew the budding celebrity was British. This misstep labored out in his favor, clearly — Pattinson’s nonetheless a significant star with crucial acclaim.
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