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Iconic movie roles that stars turned down

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Julia Roberts
Pretty Woman - 1990
Director: Garry Marshall
Touchstone Pictures
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Who can forget Tom Hanks’ brilliant performance in "Forrest Gump" or Julia Roberts’ endearing role in “Pretty Woman”? While it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing these characters, fact remains that these actors bagged the iconic roles only after someone else turned them down. Click through to find out which actors turned down some of the most famous roles that set career benchmarks for others.

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