Actors who turned down Oscar-winning roles
If you're a scientist, you dream of winning the Nobel Prize. If you're a football player, you want the Heisman. And if you're an actor, you want to get your hands on a little naked man named Oscar. This golden statuette has reduced adults to tears and caused people to jump up and down for joy, all because they want their peers to like them, to really like them.
So when a juicy role comes along, you'd expect an actor or actress to snatch it up ASAP. But sometimes, that part just slips through their fingers…and then winds up earning somebody else an Oscar. For example, Liam Neeson turned down the chance to play a top-hatted president, and Sean Connery passed on the opportunity to have a nice Chianti with his liver and fava beans. And then there were the ladies and gentlemen below, all talented stars who made some questionable decisions when it came to their careers.