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29 actors who turned down huge movie roles

INSIDER Logo By Anjelica Oswald,Olivia Singh of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 30: 
  Some of the most iconic roles in films could've been played
  by different actors.
  
  Actors like Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Cage turned down
  parts in Oscar winners "Gravity" and "The Lord of the Rings,"
  respectively. 
  
  It was also recently revealed that Sandra Bullock passed on the
    opportunity to star as Neo in "The Matrix." The role
    ultimately went to Keanu Reeves. 
  
  
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  Would a Han Solo who's not Harrison Ford be the same sarcastic
  hero every "Star Wars" fan cherishes? What would "Lord of the
  Rings" look like with Nicolas Cage in one of the main roles?

  Characters become iconic thanks in large part to the actors who
  bring them to life, and it's often difficult to imagine anyone
  else in the role afterwards.

  But some actors are fired from a role, some leave because of
  other commitments, and some just don't accept the offer. Some
  actors regret turning down a project, but others, like Jack
  Nicholson, know that it can be the right choice, no matter how
  popular or critically adored the film might become.

  Keep reading to see the roles that could have been played by
  different actors.

Would a Han Solo who's not Harrison Ford be the same sarcastic hero every "Star Wars" fan cherishes? What would "Lord of the Rings" look like with Nicolas Cage in one of the main roles? 

Characters become iconic thanks in large part to the actors who bring them to life, and it's often difficult to imagine anyone else in the role afterwards.

But some actors are fired from a role, some leave because of other commitments, and some just don't accept the offer. Some actors regret turning down a project, but others, like Jack Nicholson, know that it can be the right choice, no matter how popular or critically adored the film might become.

Keep reading to see the roles that could have been played by different actors.

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