Actors who turned down major roles
As a film fan, it's always nice when we get to see actors starring in roles they were clearly almost destined to play. We're talking about perfect fits like Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky. It's impossible to imagine anyone else playing those parts, right? The truth is that in many cases, things could have turned out very differently. Sometimes, the stars we identify as our favorite characters weren't the filmmakers' first choices—in fact, sometimes, an actor only had a shot at one of these career-defining roles after someone else has a shot at it and turns it down. Although everything worked out the way it was supposed to in the end, we still can't help wondering how different things could have been. Here's a look at actors who turned down major roles…and the rest was Hollywood history.