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.
Julia Roberts was originally slated to play the part of Leigh Anne Tuohy in the movie The Blind Side, but she declined, so the role was played by Sandra Bullock.
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Halle Berry was set to play the lead role in Gigli, but dropped out, so Jennifer Lopez took her place.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar turned down the part of Cher in the movie Clueless, which instead went to Alicia Silverstone.
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Angelina Jolie could have played the lead role of Hanna Schmitz in The Reader, but the part went to Kate Winslet.
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Vanessa Williams was one of the many actresses offered the lead female role in the movie Monster’s Ball but turned it down due to the nudity. Halle Berry got the part.
Melanie Griffith declined the role of Thelma in Thelma and Louise. The role was played by Geena Davis.
Nicole Kidman could have played the role of Erica Bain in The Brave One but she passed and Jodie Foster took on the job.
Demi Moore was offered the chance to play Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct but the role went to Sharon Stone.
Jennifer Lopez could have played Sara Melas in the movie Hitch, but declined, so the part went to Eva Mendes.
Michelle Pfeiffer, like many other actresses, turned down the role of Vivian in Pretty Woman, which ultimately went to Julia Roberts.
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Nia Long was offered the role of Alex in Charlie’s Angels but instead choose to act in Big Momma’s House. Alex was played by Lucy Liu.
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Natalie Portman had the chance to show off her dance moves in the movie Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, but the role of Katey Miller was played by Romola Garai.
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Sandra Bullock was offered the part of Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby but couldn’t work with the directors she wanted to, so Hilary Swank took the lead.
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Jada Pinkett could have took on the role of Storm in the movie X-Men, but said no. The part was taken on by Halle Berry.