They refused a box … for a flop!

From Will Smith to Kevin Costner via Emily Blunt and Sean Connery, focus on 7 Hollywood stars who have had a very bad experience: refuse a role that will later prove to be a great success to prefer it … a flop!

They refused a box... For a flop!
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Kevin Costner could have played the character of‘Andy Dufresne in the cult film Les Evadés, a role finally played by Tim Robbins. But the American actor preferred to embark on the very turbulent waters of Waterworld. Result: a nightmarish shoot for this production at oversized budget of $ 175 million, rThese are well below the expected figures (264 million greenbacks totaled worldwide), not to mention a more than icy reception from the press.


Sean Connery declined the role of Gandalf, the famous character in The Lord of the Rings. Declaring not to have understood the scenario, the famous James Bond also did not wish to engage in a saga with a particularly long filming. It is ultimately Ian McKellen who will play the famous magician on the big screen.

Sean Connery enlisted instead in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which sees him play Allan Quatermain and whose filming was chaotic to say the least, with in particular very tense relations between the actor and the director Stephen Norrington. In an interview with The Times in 2011, Sean Connery said of what was his very last feature film: “It was a nightmare! The experience really marked me. She got me thinking about showbiz. I got tired of talking to morons. “

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The film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen brought in only $ 66 million in revenue in the United States.

They refused a box... For a flop!


She could have starred in The Revenge of a Blonde, a nice success worn by Reese Witherspoon. But Christina Applegate refused the proposal, preferring to engage in the comedy The Visitors in America alongside Christian Clavier and Jean Reno. The observation is brutal and clear: when the first film brings in 141.7 million dollars in receipts worldwide, the second only collects in its wallet … 16.1 million!


After having starred in Men In Black, the American actor Will Smith has the possibility of continuing illico in the SF with Matrix. But he refuses the role of Neo (finally devolved to Keanu Reeves), finding the script of the Wachowski film too complex. Instead, he chooses to star in Wild Wild West alongside Kevin Kline. It’s a failed gamble, to say the least: the critically-worn, five-Razzie Award-winning film is a box office failure with just $ 220 million in worldwide revenue for a budget of 170 million.

“I wanted to win and be the biggest movie star, and what happened around that time, in the days of Wild Wild West, was mostly a drag. I found myself promoting something. because I wanted to win, rather than promoting something I believed in “, Will Smith explained to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. And add: “The days of smokescreens and other marketing gimmicks are over. People now know very quickly and on a large scale if the product delivers on its promises. […] I must be in tune with the expectations of the fans, and not trick them into going to see [quelque chose comme] Wild Wild West. “

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Emily Blunt could have played the role of Black Widow in the feature film Iron Man 2, but she had to refuse due to an incompatible schedule, finally shining in the credits of Gulliver’s Voyages alongside Jack Black and Jason Segel. . The comparison of the US box office receipts is violent: 312 million dollars of receipts in the world for the super-heroic production Marvel against 42 for the adventure lilliputian. Hard for Emily Blunt, especially since Black Widow will then be in the credits of the Avengers feature films.


The role of Vincent Vega in Pulp Piction was initially to be played by Michael Madsen, who already played his brother Vic in Reservoir Dogs. But he refused Quentin Tarantino’s proposal, because he was already involved in the western Wyatt Earp. No regrets for the actor, who evokes, in comments relayed by Entertainment Weekly, the choice of John Travolta in the role: “He was making movies with talking babies! And suddenly he’s Vincent Vega! He had that wig on. No one had seen Travolta with a gun shit. That’s a big part of why the movie worked. “


Emily Browning was novelist Stephenie Meyer’s first choice for the role of Bella Swan in the Twilight saga. But the Australian actress preferred not to audition, hesitating at the time to fully invest in the profession of actress. She will finally play in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, a big flop at the box office (36.3 million greenbacks across the Atlantic), far from the XXL figures of the vampiric saga led by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

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