That said, we compiled a list of celebrities who did just that — turned down star-making famous parts in classic movies and acclaimed TV shows.
Who: Dana Delaney Role: Carrie Bradshaw Show: "Sex and The City." It's hard to imagine anyone but Sarah Jessica Parker playing the iconic role of Carrie Bradshaw, but Delaney was actually creator Darren Star's first choice.
Who: Tom Cruise Role: Ren Mc Cormack Movie: "Footloose" It's not terribly hard to picture a young Cruise starring in the 1984 hit, and apparently producers wanted him big-time (they'd obviously seen his underwear dance sequence in "Risky Business.") However, Cruise passed on the role to film "All the Right Moves" instead.
The part of Ren went to Kevin Bacon, but only after Rob Lowe also had to pass because of an injury.
However, Hanks wasn't the studio's first choice for the role—John Travolta was, followed by Bill Murray and Chevy Chase.
Travolta has since admitted that passing on the part was a mistake.
Who: Sarah Michelle Gellar Role: Amber Movie: "Clueless" Gellar was originally offered the role of bitchy high schooler Amber in classic '90s movie "Clueless," but passed on it due to scheduling conflicts with “All My Children.” The role eventually went to Elisa Donovan. Actor Thomas Jane passed on the role for a number of reasons that—let's face it—made sense at the time, such as the fact that AMC was a network known for reruns of old movies, not robust television series, and the fact that it was a cerebral show, which Jane didn't think would attract viewers.
Who: John Travolta Role: Forrest Gump Movie: "Forrest Gump" In 1994, "Forrest Gump" became the highest grossing movie in North America, and Tom Hanks nabbed the Oscar for his portrayal of the unique character that year.
"[I would have had] to play third or fourth fiddle to [Parker] and put up with her s--t."It would have been hideous to work with her." We think it worked out well, with Cynthia Nixon playing the part of Miranda flawlessly.
Who: Johnny Depp Role: Ferris Bueller Movie: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" It's hard to picture the brooding actor as scheming slacker Ferris Bueller, but Depp was reportedly was offered the role in John Hughes' '80s classic before Matthew Broderick.
Who: Hugh Jackman Role: James Bond, Billy Flynn Movie: "Casino Royale," "Chicago" The multi-talented actor reportedly passed on the role of singing lawyer Billy Flynn in the movie-musical "Chicago" (which scored Richard Gere an Oscar nom), stating he felt he was too young at the time.
Jackman also was approached to play iconic character James Bond, but didn't want to be stereotyped as an action star after already earning fame as Wolverine in the first that he was offered the role of George by Jerry Seinfeld himself, who didn't even want him to audition.