Roles some actors & actresses turned down

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The part of Dirty Harry turned down by John Wayne and Robert Mitchum

Wayne gives the reasons why he refused the part: “First is that they offered it to Frank Sinatra first, but he'd hurt his hand and couldn't do it. I don't like being offered Sinatra's rejections. Put that one down to pride

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Lindsay turned down Heather Graham's role in The Hangover???... now you know she messed up.... her bank account would be fat right now... and she would be considered for more roles....
 

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Warren Beatty - Turned down the role of Jack Horner in &#8220;Boogie Nights.&#8221; The part was then offered to a smarmy looking Burt Reynolds. Warren also turned down James Caan&#8217;s role in &#8220;Misery&#8221;, the part of Gordon Gekko in &#8220;Wall Street&#8221; and Robert Redford&#8217;s role in &#8220;The Sting.
 

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Ok I'll stop after this

John Travolta turned down the role of Forrest Gump. The part went to Tom Hanks.

Tom Selleck had to drop out of the role of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The part went to Harrison Ford.

Jodie Foster turned down the role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct. The part went to Sharon Stone

Ellen Barkin turned down the role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct.
Nicole Kidman turned down the role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct.
Kim Basinger turned down the role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct.
Julia Roberts turned down the role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct.
 

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It's fun to read lists like these , but we don't know if these movies still were so succesful with different actors.

I don't think anyone could have been better than Sharon Stone as Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct.

Or Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump.
Or Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones.

But I agree, Hugh would have been a much better Billy Flynn.
And Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.

But he did not turn down the last one , he wasn't aviable.