Popular Celebs That Turned Down Major Film Roles at the Peak of Their Career

A good movie is the one that attracts the audience more and more and develops a long-term bond with the viewers. In the Internet age today, we can all say that we have felt more connected with at least one character in films or series. For instance, we remember Kate Winslet for Titanic, Reese Witherspoon of Legally Blonde, and so on. But not all such successful actors sustained their success for long, as they left the show at the pinnacle of their success.


There have been many actors who turned down some big roles in big films. Though some of them have senseless stories behind their choices, let’s know who they are, and why they ditched big roles:

1 Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio was Paul Thomas Anderson’s first choice for his Boogie Nights, but Leonardo turned it down. Though Mark Wahlberg played the same role in Boogie Nights, Leonardo ditched the offer for the smash hit Titanic. In fact, Paul Thomas Anderson was impressed with Leonardo after seeing him in The Basketball Diaries, so he offered Leonardo the film. However, Leonardo DiCaprio still states that “‘Boogie Nights’ is a film that I loved and I wished I could do.”

Leonardo DiCaprio

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2Charlie Sheen

Whenever we hear about Charlie Sheen, we can remember Warner Bros.’s most notable sitcom: Two and a Half Men. Everyone still agrees that Charlie Sheen helped the sitcom become popular. Or else, he was the backbone of the sitcom. But the same sitcom was unexpectedly adjourned in 2011. The reason behind the sudden suspension was that Sheen’s behavior was awkwardly weird. Apart from this, it is also known that he quarreled with the show’s creator Chuck Lorre.

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3Denzel Washington

Believe it or not but Daniel Washington once had the opportunity to play the role of Brad Pitt in Se7en. According to reports, he was more interested in doing the Devil in a Blue Dress and that is why he threw out Se7en. Washington regretted his decision not to do the film, but Brad Pitt was quite happy to do so. During the interview, he said, “I got the offers of Brad Pitt pat in the movie, but I never knew why I turned that down.” I thought that was so dark.

Denzel Washington

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4Matt Damon

Filming conflicts led Matt Damon to deny the iconic character of Harvey Dent. And Matt Damon confirmed this during an interview on MTV. Finally, Aaron Eckhart played Harvey “Two-Face” Dent in the film “The Dark Knight.” But he did not blame Chris Nolan for choosing Aaron over him in the movie. According to Matt Damon, scheduling was the only thing that prevented him from appearing in The Dark Knight. He additionally admits that the film did not suffer anything.

Matt Damon

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