11 Actors Who Turned Down Iconic Roles

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Can you imagine John Travolta as Forrest Gump? He said no to that Oscar winning movie to make Pulp Fiction. And... what about Mel Gibson as Batman? It could have happened!

Check out 11 actors who felt that a certain iconic role was not right for them, and how history has proved them wrong. 

1. Brad Pitt in Apollo 13?

Brad Pitt in Apollo 13?
Brad Pitt was offered either the Bill Paxton or Kevin Bacon roles in Apollo 13. He made Seven instead.

2. Mel Gibson as Batman?

 Mel Gibson as Batman?
Mel Gibson was originally Tim Burton's choice to play Batman. He said no, and thankfully, we got Michael Keaton.

3. Dougray Scott as Wolverine?

Dougray Scott as Wolverine?
Before we got Hugh Jackman, Bryan Singer wanted Dougray Scott to play Wolverine. Can you imagine an X-Men world without Jackman?

4. Sylvester Stallone as The Terminator?

Sylvester Stallone as The Terminator?
Before The Terminator made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star, James Cameron offered the role to his The Expendables co-star. We think Arnie was the better choice!

5. Will Smith as Neo?

Will Smith as Neo?
Will Smith was the first choice to play Neo in The Matrix. Smith said he just didn't get it and it famously went to Keanu Reeves.

6. Sean Connery as Gandalf?

Sean Connery as Gandalf?
Sean Connery felt that The Lord of the Rings was silly. So, we got Ian McKellan... thank goodness!

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