When you’re an actor, your thing is to play roles. A priori, there, I have little risk of planting myself. But it happens that the actors refuse the roles that are offered to them. Sometimes for super weird reasons, and then sometimes just because they find the role they’re being offered, well, it’s not at all appropriate, even slightly offensive.
1. Will Smith turned down the role of Django in Django Unchained because he thought the movie was too violent
Will Smith rather liked the pitch of the film and this story of a black slave who frees himself from his oppressor, but there is one thing that did not really appeal to him in all of this: violence. He didn’t like Quentin Tarantino’s vision and would have preferred a love story for Django.
2. Lily Allen turned down the role of Yara in Game of Thrones because of a morally borderline scene
It’s been a long time since we’ve watched Game Of Thrones but you surely remember Theon Greyjoy and his sister Yara fondling each other very intimately in the series. Well, singer Lily Allen was originally supposed to play the role of Yara. Problem, it was Alfie Allen, his brother, who played Theon Greyjoy. And for Lily, there was no question of letting her brother play with her breasts, so she gave up the role. And I understand her. However, I come from Lille.
3. Laurence Fishburne turned down the role of Jules in Pulp Fiction
It wasn’t just the role of Jules that bothered the Morpheus of Matrix, but the entire film. According to him, pulp Fiction made heroin use too cool, and he didn’t want to participate in what he saw as drug promotion in movies. It’s an argument that can be heard because it’s true that seeing Uma Thurman taking drugs may have led some of them to become big junkies. Yes Yes, it’s possible.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the role of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho because it was violent towards women.
Well, for once we are on the order of rumor since this anecdote comes from one of the scriptwriters of the film who said that Leonardo was asked not to make this film just after having made Titanic. Why ? Because he had just acquired a large community of fans, including a lot of women, and the role of Patrick Bateman was that of a killer of women. If Leo had interpreted it, it could have sent a very bad signal to his admirers. Anyway Christian Bale was great in this role so let’s not regret anything.
5. Thandie Newton turned down the role of Alex in Charlie’s Angels because she was thought to be an object
The role that finally went to Lucy Liu was supposed to first belong to Thandie Newton, but the actress preferred to pass her turn. According to her, the film objectified her body too much (like close-ups of her buttocks galore) and played a little too much with racial stereotypes. No wonder she walked away, and she did well since the movie was absolute horror.
6. Michelle Pfeiffer turned down the role of Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs
Michelle Pfeiffer is a huge actress and there is no doubt that she would have brought a lot to the very first of the Hannibal Lecter films (the best, by the way), but she could not accept the role. Film too dark, too violent for her. Like someone who eats people and someone who kills women would make her uncomfortable. It happens at the same time.
7. Denzel Washington turned down the role of Detective David Mills in Seven
Brad Pitt wasn’t the first one tipped to play the detective of Seven. Before him, Denzel Washington had received the script for the film to play David Mills. Only, for Denzel, Seven was far too dark and evil for him to accept the role. Roh it’s ok, he’s just a crazy guy who kills people in a horrible way, there’s nothing to make a fuss about it…
8. Brad Pitt turned down the role of Edwin Epps in Twelve Years a Slave
Edwin Epps is THE big bad guy in Twelve Years a Slave, a violent plantation owner towards his slaves, and Brad Pitt did not want to play this role in the cinema. He was afraid of the image it would send of him, especially if his children saw the film one day. Then I hope his children will understand that cinema is cinema when they watch films later. Otherwise it’s sad.