12 Roles Actors Were Too Afraid To Take

As we all know, celebrities can chose to turn down roles for a number of reasons; whether it be because of scheduling conflicts, salary issues or simply due to creative differences. However, sometimes they turn down roles because they're too afraid to take them on. This fear is different for each star - a fear of letting down fans, a fear of failing, a fear of a film flop, a fear of how they'll be portrayed and even a fear of how scary the script is. Sometimes the fear gets the best of some great Hollywood celebs and as a result they miss out on some pretty iconic roles, like these twelve celebrities that were too afraid to take on a role.

12 Leonardo DiCaprio - Patrick Bateman in American Psycho

11 Jennifer Hudson - Precious in Precious

10 Charlie Hunnam - Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey

9 Angela Bassett – Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball

8 Leonardo DiCaprio – Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights

7 Mark Wahlberg – Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain

6 Jeremy Irons - Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs

Before Anthony Hopkins took on the iconic role of Dr. Hannibal Lector, one of the creepiest characters in cinematic history - it was originally offered to another actor, Jeremy Irons. Irons turned it down out of his fear of the dark plot and violence in the film. He had just done a villainous role and also feared being pigeonholed. As we know, Hopkins played the role formidably and went on to win an Oscar for the role.

5 Denzel Washington – David Mills in SE7EN

4 Mel Gibson – Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman

3 Hugh Jackman – James Bond in Casino Royale

2 Michelle Pfeiffer – Clarice Starling in Silence of The Lambs

1 Brad Pitt - Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave

According to The New York Post, Brad Pitt turned down one of the lead roles in 12 Years a Slave and opted to play a much smaller role. He was originally offered the role of Edwin Epps, the mean slave owner. Pitt told the Post that he had turned down the role because he feared having his kids see him in a role like that. The role went to Michael Fassbender who in turn received an Oscar nomination for his performance.


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