6 Actors That Turned Down Epic Movie Parts

Some of the biggest movie parts in history were first offered to other actors, including the part of Indiana Jones. Can you imagine anyone else playing that part? Take a look at the actors who turned these parts down below. Do you think the movies would have been as successful if the directors had secured their first choice of actors?

Indiana Jones

Tom Selleck was the first choice for the role of Indiana Jones but he turned the role down because he was still filming Magnum. I love Tom Selleck, but I just can’t imagine anyone playing the party of Indy as well as Harrison Ford did!

Tom Selleck Indiana Jones

Footloose

The role that made Kevin Bacon’s name in Footloose was first offered to Tom Cruise. Presumably they’d seen him dancing in his pants in Risky Business (below) and felt he’d do the dance-scenes justice…?

Cruise was busy filming another movie so couldn’t take the part, so they then offered the part to Rob Lowe who had to pull out because of injury. So Kevin Bacon was third choice!

I was going to show Kevin Bacon’s version from Footloose, but I’m guessing we’ve all seen that a million times, so here is his amazing recreation of it 30 years later on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Joan Collins as Cleopatra

Before Elizabeth Taylor was cast in the role as Cleopatra, various other actresses were tried out. The part was offered to Joan Collins, and Audrey Hepburn was also considered for the role. You can see Joan Collins in her test for the role below:

The Bonds That Never Were

Quite a few actors have turned down the role of James Bond. The most surprising (to me anyway) were Richard Burton, who was offered the role as James Bond but demanded too much money, and Burt Reynolds who felt Bond should be played by a British actor and Cary Grant, who felt he was too old for the part.

What do you think? Would they have done the movie roles justice?

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  • Missy

    Gary Cooper was Selznick’s first choice for Rhett Butler … He turned down saying it was going to be the biggest flop ever … As much as I love Coop I can’t see anyone other than Clark Gable in the part …

    • http://weheartvintage.co/ Mary, WHV

      I can see why he would have gone for Coop for that part, I think he might have done it rather well! I wonder whether he regretted turning it down!

  • http://cakesandcakesvintage.blogspot.com cakesandcakesvintage

    I would have loved to have seen Cary Grant as James Bond. I think he would killed it.

    • http://weheartvintage.co/ Mary, WHV

      Wouldn’t he have been amazing? Such a shame he didn’t give it a try!