21 Celebs Who Dodged A Big Bullet By Not Getting Into These Colossal Failures

Every actor has faced rejection, and I’m sure it’s hard for actors to know that they’ve lost out on some major roles in the making of their careers.

But sometimes, they wanted that movie so badly they were a total bombshell, left standing a safe distance from the fallout. Here are 21 actors who lost a role and might now be looking back and saying, “Whew, I dodged a bullet.”


Green Lantern It memorably starred Ryan Reynolds as the green-eyed superhero. Unfortunately, the movie wasn’t entirely successful – the movie only has a 26% score on Rotten Tomatoes and barely made more than $200 million from its budget.

But it wasn’t always Ryan Reynolds’ starring role – Bradley Cooper also auditioned for the title role, even getting as far as screen tests. He joked that his face was too asymmetrical for the mask, and also said that he blew the audition by doing a bad impression of Christian Bale as Batman.


Justin Timberlake was also considered, and a screen test too – although he’d do it instead right on time in 2011, which didn’t fare much better in reviews or at the US box office – even though the movie cost a lot less and was able to do well internationally.


We can’t talk about famous superheroes without mentioning them Batman and Robin. The film was so universally distasteful that director Joel Schumacher even apologized for it. Its co-star, George Clooney, called the movie terrible and largely blamed himself for how bad the film was.

But George Clooney wouldn’t be in the position at all if the role had gone to David Duchovny, who has hinted at auditioning for the role and not offering it to him.


Film predecessor – batman forever – He was also very hated. Val Kilmer took the heat for that one (although with a lot less heat than Clooney would receive)…

… But originally, Kurt Russell was in talks to star. Kilmer was the first choice, but when he walked out of the franchise after one movie, he clearly wasn’t happy with his time in the franchise.


the cats It was a massive failure in almost every way, even though it was packed with stars like Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, and Jason Derulo. But one singing celebrity — known for his love of his own musicals — didn’t show up.

It turns out that Hugh Jackman was offered a choice of roles in the adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, and he refused. “You know, Tom called me early on because we did a group All together, and there were a couple of options there based on availability and time, and I really… yeah, I wasn’t available at the time,” Jackman explained after the movie aired. Jackman was then asked if he was glad he wasn’t able to shoot the movie, and he replied, “I don’t want to be in the business of people-bashing” and that he didn’t watch it…but I think it’s safe to say he’s not unhappy Turn down.


Jackman a group Her costar, Anne Hathaway, has also been considered…


…and so is Rihanna. They both had scheduling conflicts which meant they could not discriminate. miss.


In another cat-related example… make a live copy of Cat in the Hat It seemed an odd choice, which comes as no surprise when the movie was so poorly reviewed. The movie starred Mike Myers during the posta partner (And the Austin Powers) the height of his fame, but failed to live up to his previous projects.

But it doesn’t have to happen this way. Tim Allen could have played the role. He dropped out in 2001 so he could focus on it Santa Claus II. “I couldn’t do two icons,” Allen explained at the time, “and I’m sure he’s happy with his decision now.


While it was financially successful, the newer star Wars The trilogy was… controversial, to say the least, with the last film being particularly divisive. One of the most polarizing characters has been Kylo Ren – a trilogy version of Darth Vader – played by Adam Driver.

But the movies might have looked very different if Eddie Redmayne had starred instead. Redmayne auditioned for the project in its early stages, and was given a scene from another movie to read (as the project was too secretive to show the dialogue to potential stars). So, they present you with a scene from Pride and prejudiceBut then, they tell you that you’re auditioning for the villain. if I were me, and then you put on a silly sound. … [The casting director] I was sitting there, trying over and over with different versions of my “koohh paaaah” [Darth Vader breathing sound] human voice. And after 10 shots, she said, “Do you have anything else?” I was like, “No.” While an awkward audition is never fun, Redmayne might be glad he didn’t have to take on the role.


Eragon It has to be one of the worst book-to-movie adaptations ever, and I’m shocked it even made it to 16% on Rotten Tomatoes. Star Ed Speleers has done pretty well for himself since then, but it wasn’t quite a star-making movie.

Alex Pettyfer, who was largely unknown (except for being a model) at the time, was offered the role first. He decided to do stormbreaker Rather, because he was afraid of flying and would have to shoot Eragon abroad. stormbreaker It wasn’t as successful either, but it did at least a little better than Eragon with critics.


while show girls It has a better reputation today than it ever did, it was a huge bomb when it was released, and it certainly didn’t help Elizabeth Berkeley’s career.

However, Berkley wasn’t always in the role – it could have been played by Charlize Theron. The film’s director even admitted that Theron dodged a bullet: “She was very lucky that she didn’t get the part. … If she had been offered the part at that time, she might have been chewed up the same way they treated Elizabeth.”


2005 Fantastic Four The film was a critical failure, scoring only 28% on Rotten Tomatoes, although it did well at the box office. Jessica Alba played the lone woman on the team, Sue Storm, and almost memorably quit acting after a terrible experience in the film’s sequel.

Instead of Alba, the role could have gone to another actor – Ali Larter. Larter described going with Alba as “a completely different thing” — and continued, “If you’re going with Jessica Alba for a part, you’re not going with someone like me. They’re two completely different things.” The experience will be entirely negative for Larter.


Fox attempted to reboot the series in 2015, but it fared no better, earning just 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. This time, Kate Mara played Sue Storm.

Emmy Rossum also auditioned for the role, and was “devastated” not to get it. “I just didn’t relate to this character at all. I didn’t understand the dialogue, I couldn’t sell it, I was like, ‘I don’t know what to do with my lines. ‘” “


Margot Robbie was also in talks to play the role, but she “didn’t really resonate with the script”.


Wild West It was a huge misstep for Will Smith and everyone involved, including Kevin Kline – but Cline’s role almost went to George Clooney, who left the movie before shooting began.

Clooney said, “We knew it was going to be a stretch to get into this, but the opportunity to work with Will (Smith) and Barry (Sonnenfeld) was just too exciting to pass up.” Instead of ruining this project while trying to adjust the role for me, it was better to step aside and let them have someone else.” Again… this was for the best, at least for Clooney.


Clooney also refused to star in another fiasco – Movie 43 – Apparently he says to the directors, “It’s okay.” While this was no accident on Clooney’s part, I’m sure he was happier with his decision after reviews of the movie surfaced. The movie has a whopping 4% on Rotten Tomatoes.


while GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra It didn’t fail at the box office, it wasn’t a hugely popular movie, with a score of just 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. It starred Channing Tatum, but it almost starred pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth instead.

This worked out great for Hemsworth, who was disappointed when he got “seven or eight callbacks” (eg Ji Joe And the X-Men) and not getting the job. “but after that , bull Hemsworth said. “If I had gotten one of these previous roles, I wouldn’t have gotten it bull. “


It appears that Jim Carrey was the “first choice” to play Pistachio Disguisey Master of Disguise before rejecting it.

This ended up being a wise decision – the movie bombed, and is known as one of Dana Carvey’s worst roles.


Carrey was also originally supposed to star as Shaggy in Scooby Doo The live-action film that has a score of 32% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’d call this another sound decision, not only because the movie was panned (even though it did so well at the box office and even got a sequel), but because Matthew Lillard was the film’s bright spot and received critical acclaim for the role. I really can’t imagine someone doing a better job than Lillard, or coming out more unscathed.


One of the biggest recent bombshells for Disney is john carter, which starred Taylor Kitsch as the protagonist. The film failed to recoup its massive budget of $306.6 million, and the flop has been said to have fundamentally changed the way Disney does business.

As it turns out, Tom Cruise reportedly really wanted the role — even though, you know, he was nearly 50 when the movie was cast. He was initially in talks to come back again in the early 1990s. Perhaps for the best that is set on taylor kitsch.


Finally, Transformers Revenge of the Fallen It might have been a box office hit, but it was ravaged by the critics and has a 20% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequel stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, just like the first movie.

According to Robert Pattinson, he also auditioned for a role. This was shortly after the first twilight The movie was released, and he embarrassed himself by pretending to be American, as he was doing at auditions… when everyone knew the budding star was British. The misstep was clearly in his favor — Pattinson continues to be a major star enjoying critical acclaim.

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