The 'Titanic' star was allegedly offered $ 20 million to play serial killer Patrick Bateman in 'American Psycho'. At first, Leo expressed his interest in the role, to the point that Lionsgate even issued a statement with his name to announce the filming of the film, but eventually he disassociated himself from the project and the character ended up in the hands of Christian Bale, giving him his first big break in Hollywood.
The character of Forrest Gump changed Tom Hanks' personal and professional life forever and it was thanks in large part to John Travolta, who was initially offered the role, but he ended up turning it down.
The 'Grease' star does not regret his decision because he believes that in return he could do something else fun. "It makes me feel good that something I gave up was helping someone else's career take off," he said, talking about Tom Hanks.
The actress rejected not one, but two roles that ended up making other female colleagues big stars: 'Basic Instinct' and 'Pretty Woman'. The two mythical films scared her because of the nude scenes included in the script. "I couldn't do it. And honestly, I don't feel so comfortable with my body as to do something like that," she has confessed.
Christian Bale could have said on the big screen the famous phrase: "My name is Bond, James Bond". Luckily for Daniel Craig, who ended up taking the role, Bale thought that it was a character too British that contributed to perpetuating negative stereotypes with which he was not comfortable.
Although it is difficult to imagine any other actor other than Viggo Mortensen in the role, at first Nicolas Cage was thought to give life to Aragorn in the 'Lord of the Rings' films, although his busy schedule and the fact of that the filming took place in New Zealand made him back down.