I’m sure you’ve all heard the story that Tom Selleck was approached to play Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but had to turn it down due to contractual obligations with Magnum, P.I.
But, did you also know that David Schwimmer was approached to play the role that later went to Will Smith in Men in Black? Or that Sean Connery turned down roles in two franchises–The Matrix and Lord of the Rings–because he didn’t understand the script?
If you didn’t know that, you can go to this website and check out all of the roles that actors have turned down. See what could have been. What should have been. And what, thankfully, never happened (I love Bill Murray as much as the next man…but Batman and Kindergarten Cop??).
Personally, I was shocked to find out that Christopher Walken turned down as many roles as he did…I though that guy would do anything!