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In Hollywood, a role in a popular film or television show can catapult your entire career overnight. So it’s CRAZY to think that some of the famous faces we’ve come to know today once turned down amazing opportunities, yes?

Below are seven stars who turned down huge roles!


John Travolta

Can you believe he turned down the role for Forrest Gump?! One of the most popular films of all time! Travolta has since described his decision as one of the “worst mistakes” of his career.



Dana Delany

Believe it or not, the role of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City wasn’t originally intended for Sarah Jessica Parker, it was intended for Dana Delany! However, Delany turned down the role because she felt she wasn’t stylish enough.

Another fun fact… Dana also turned down the role of Bre Van de Kamp in Desperate Housewives three times, but later accepted the role of Katherine Mayfair.



Sandra Bernhard

Another SATC turn down! Bernhard decided to not take the opportunity to play Miranda Hobbes in the HBO hit. However, she says she lives with no regrets!



Will Smith

Smith chose not to play Neo in The Matrix. 

“I watched Keanu’s performance and very rarely do I say this but I would have messed it up. I would have absolutely messed up The Matrix. 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.”





Sarah Michelle Gellar

AS IF! SMG turned down the opportunity to play Cher in the timeless classic, Clueless.

Um, why?!



Molly Ringwald

Can you imagine a world where Julia Roberts didn’t star in Pretty Woman?



… Neither can we!



Paul Giamatti 

Giamatti turned down the part of Michael Scott in The Office.

Uh, major mistake.


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