What if Hugh Jackman was Bond or Matt Damon was in Avatar? We look at picky actors who declined movies that went on to become superhits
Actress Jennifer Lawrence should thank her lucky stars for grabbing the role of Tiffany Maxwell in David O Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, which happened to fetched her first Oscar. She also went on to do his American Hustle and will be seen in the upcoming biopic of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano. Initially, actress Anne Hathaway was earmarked for the role of Maxwell but the she opted out of the movie, stating she had “creative differences” with director Russell. Quite a miss we must say.
No to vampires
For all you know, actress Emily Browning could have made the renowned character Bella Swan livelier. Nevertheless, she rejected the role and it went to Kristin Stewart. Not like Browning had anything against the movie or the role, but the 25-year-old had just completed shooting for the horror movie The Uninvited, and wanted to take a break from acting. She did not want to take up her next project immediately. Little did she know that the movie would turn out to be a series and Stewart would become a hit among youngsters, overnight.
Can you imagine watching Will Smith instead of Jamie Foxx in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained? Apparently, the actor rejected the role because he felt that the role played by Christoph Waltz was the real lead. This is not the first time Smith rejected a substantial role. He had also rejected The Matrix stating he would have ruined the film. The reason given was that he would have ‘‘forced every moment’’ because he didn’t understand the complex science-fiction script. The 45- year-old actor went on to complete the unforgettable action movie, Wild Wild West.
Blunt in black
While we drooled over Scarlett Johannson’s curvy body as Black Widow in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. We are not sure if British actress Emily Blunt would have done a good job of the badass stunts. However the actress very diplomatically told Screen Rant, a website, “I’m never regretful about not doing something. I didn’t do it at the time because it wasn’t the right time and I was contracted to do something else. But Scarlett has done such a phenomenal job. She’s it and she nailed it.’’
TV can wait
Though NBC programmer Tracy McLaughlin would have preferred actor Paul Giamatti to have played the role of Scott in the US version of one of the most popular television shows The Office, things did not go as planned. Since Giamatti was still riding the high wave with his movie Sideways, he did not want to appear in a TV show. He turned the role down, which became a major launching pad for Steve Carell. After Giamatti, there were several others who were considered for the role like Ben Falcone, Alan Tudyk and Rainn Wilson, who eventually went on to play Dwight instead.