Stars Making Bad Choices: Famous Roles Actors Said “No” To

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Marilyn Monroe as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Photo credit / Grovy History
Photo credit / Grovy History

Time has not dampened the love for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or the universal acclaim for Audrey Hepurn in this star making performance. It remains a landmark film, with the eccentric socialite played perfectly by a wide-eyed Hepurn. It seems crazy now, but the controversial writer of the novella on which the movie is based, Truman Capote, wanted Marilyn Monroe to play the role. Capote lobbied persistently, but Monroe’s management declined, saying they thought Monroe depicting a prostitute-like character would be bad for her image.

Al Pacino as Edward Lewis in Pretty Woman

Photo credit / Pintrest
Photo credit / Pintrest

Pretty Woman will forever be remembered as the breakout vehicle for Julia Roberts, who played the heart of gold prostitute in this Cinderella tale. Strange, though, to imagine her playing against director Garry Marshall’s first choice to play Lewis: Al Pacino. Marshall later admitted Pacino lacked a elemental softness required of the role … so we’re all lucky that Marshall found that amiable quality when Gere screen tested for the role!

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Christopher Walken as Hans Solo in Star Wars

Photo credit / BeWild
Photo credit / BeWild

Harrison Ford is the best second choice in the history of movies. Not only did Ford give the world a great Indiana Jones, but he was fantastic as Hans Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy. Cowbell jokes aside, on the basis of acting ability Cristopher Walken would have played Hans Solo just fine. The more well known Walken was the leading candidate for the producers. Who were already worried that the other cast members were not universally famous either. George Lucas made the final decision, correctly siding with the good natured smirk Ford brought to the role.

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