14 Actressess Who Declined A Leading Role In A Blockbuster Movie (Do You Think They Regret It?)

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Actresses are offered dozens of lead roles in their lifetimes and while some take on every lead role possible, there are some celebs who choose to sit a certain movie role out. Here are 14 actresses who decided to pass on a leading role in a movie that inevitably was taken on by someone else in Hollywood.


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  1. says:

    Gigli and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights were block busters???? In what universe?

    • says:

      Gigli did make a heap of money. Don’t know about that other one, though.

    • says:

      I couldn’t agree more. This list missed some of the bigger stories. Halley Berry isn’t sorry she didn’t do that terrible Gigli. Her big mistake was turning down “Speed”. Demi Moore was supposed to do “While You Were Sleeping” and Nicole Kidman was supposed to be in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” who knows if there would have been a “Brangelina” if she had taken the gig? :o)

  2. says:

    I could see jada playing storm in x men actually…

  3. says:

    Looks to me like a lot of good female actors skipped taking a bullet by passing on some of these movies. And most are still major stars in their own rights1

  4. says:

    “Block Buster” movies? Really? In almost every case, it seems like the actress made the right decision. And Sandra Bullock passed on Million Dollar Baby because she couldn;t work with the directors she wanted to? Really? She would have preferred a director other that Eastwood? That doesn’t seem plausible.

  5. says:

    How did Katie Holmes not playing in The Dark Knight and playing in mad money not make this list

  6. says:

    That jada chick would have made a pitiful storm…..

  7. says:

    I kinda wish Nia Long would’ve taken the role in Charlie’s Angels. But truthfully, I couldn’t see her in it so I guess it was for the best. I know DAMN well Halle Berry doesn’t regret not taking Gigli. That movie was terrible. Jennifer Lopez wasn’t right for Hitch either. Eva Mendez is soooo much sexier.

  8. says:

    Julia Roberts passed on Speed also.

  9. says:

    Dumbest article ever

  10. says:

    Putting the names of the stars and the movie roles they turned down on one page would’ve been easier don’t ya think?

  11. says:

    Jada Pinkett would have been a lovely Storm, just give her some heels !

  12. says:

    Also recall Kate Hudson turning down Mary-Jane Watson for Spider-Man!! She should have accepted the role!!!!!

  13. says:

    “14 Actressess”? I haven’t seen so much “s” since a Kardashian walked by.

  14. says:

    Nicole Kidman in The Brave One would have never worked. Jodie Foster played the character flawlessly, which explains her Golden Globe nomination. The film itself was a mess, but that was not to Foster’s blame. However, Terrence Howard gave a stale performance of a stock character. Regardless, the film is worth watching just for Foster’s scene stealing performance.

  15. says:

    I respect u more for that vanessa.

  16. says:

    Vanessa Williams should’ve always been storm for the first x-men; wish she would’ve got first ask. She had the right eye color, too.

  17. says:

    I’m sure most of these actors could care less about these movies they turned down. A bunch of dogs (the movies)..

  18. says:

    love Julia but this was not the right role for her. kinda seen here enough.

  19. says:

    Gigli? Has this movie been made?

  20. says:

    I just want to know what the HELL happened to Melanie Griffiths face….Swear to God actresses who indulge in THAT much plastic surgery must have idiots advising them to do it.

  21. says:

    Wow… and some of the roles turned down where major Oscar Winning parts.

  22. says:

    I think the biggest uh oh was Nia Long turning down Charlie’s Angels with Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore. What was she thinking? Maybe she was holding out for a better deal? With where her career was/is the star power and potential of the movie should have been enough for her to sign on. There had to be some unknown factors… MAJOR unknown factors.

  23. says:

    Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights ???? Natalie Portman is a smart woman.

  24. says:

    I think Sandra Bullock played the role better anyway in “The Blind Side”!

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