Warren Beatty is one of the most iconic members of the Tinseltown elite, and as one of the biggest actors of the '60s and '70s, he's appeared in some truly memorable films. For example, there's Bonnie and Clyde, Reds, and McCabe & Mrs. Miller. But for all the great movies he's worked on, Beatty has turned down a shocking number of classics. According to the actor, he passed on The Godfather and wasn't interested in playing 1978's Superman. When Paul Thomas Anderson asked him to star in Boogie Nights, Beatty said no. After all, he had kids and didn't want to play in a movie about porn.
And as you might've guessed, Beatty also said no to Quentin Tarantino.
So what role did Tarantino offer Beatty? Well, the director wanted him to play the titular antagonist in Kill Bill. In fact, he'd written the part with Beatty in mind. Only instead of creating the character as a kung fu killer, he'd written a villain who was a bit more suave and sophisticated. According to Tarantino, Bill was originally "much more of a James Bond type of character—Bond as Blofeld, basically."
Tragically for Tarantino, Beatty wasn't interested in shooting scenes in China, preferring to stay in the United States with his kids. However, Beatty does take credit for the casting of David Carradine, claiming he suggested Tarantino pick the martial arts actor. If so, it was a genius recommendation, and Tarantino rewrote the script so the character would be a better fit. True, it would've been cool to see Beatty's take on Bill, but really, it's difficult picturing anyone delivering that Superman monologue better than Carradine.