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6 Actors That Probably Regret Turning Down Famous Roles

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Can you imagine your favorite movies with a different lead actor? While it may be hard to picture someone else alongside Richard Gere in Pretty Woman or Matt Damon in Avatar, some of the biggest movie role were turned down by prominent names in Hollywood.

These six actors turned down the role of a lifetime for one reason or another, and I bet they're still kicking themselves.

Gwyneth Paltrow - Titanic

In a movie that dominated the box office in 1997, was nominated for 14 Oscars and won 11 of them, there is no doubt that the entire cast and crew were happy with the film's performance.

Before the young Kate Winslet was cast as the rich girl, Rose DeWitt Bukater, there was another top name celebrity up for the part.

As it turns out Gwyneth Paltrow was director James Cameron's top choice for the lead female character.

In an interview with Howard Stern, Paltrow admits that she can't change her decisions of the past and that her choices were made for something greater.

Meg Ryan- Pretty Woman

It's hard to imagine anyone other than Julia Roberts playing the endearing prostitute, Vivian in the classic 1990 romantic comedy, Pretty Woman.

Surprisingly, she wasn't the first choice for the part, however.

Both Meg Ryan and Michelle Pfieffer turned down the part because they were uncomfortable with the script. The original script also had a much darker ending, which was later changed.

As we know, Roberts worked alongside Richard Gere and made an adorable on screen couple!

The little-known actress at the time went on to win a Golden Globe for her portrayal and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.

Hugh Jackman - James Bond

We may know him as Wolverine, but the Australian actor had the chance to put on a British accent and play the famous spy agent.

After Pierce Brosnon's contract ended, Jackman was approached for the role and he surprisingly turned it down.

"I was about to shoot X-Men 2 and Wolverine had become this thing in my life and I didn’t want to be doing two such iconic characters at once," he said.

The actor has since admitted that he regrets turning down the role.

In a 2013 interview with Fabric magazine he jokes, "Of course, I cry myself to sleep every night."

British actor, Daniel Craig then stepped into the spy's shoes, creating the highest grossing Bond films of the franchise.

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