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10 Celebs Who Turned Down Multi-Million Dollar Opportunities

Potential superstars never actually know their big break is about to be their big break. How can you? It's almost impossible to foresee. Which is why it's so important to trust your gut. Something eve

Potential superstars never actually know their big break is about to be their big break. How can you? It's almost impossible to foresee. Which is why it's so important to trust your gut. Something every single person on this list failed to do. As we all know, hindsight is 20/20. Which is just a better way of saying: you don't know you're about to regret something, until you're looking back on it. All 10 of the listees have spent years kicking themselves over a critical err in judgment, and will likely spend the rest of their lives doing so if a better opportunity doesn't come along to make up for the fatal decision. What's worse is they've had to watch someone else with a better judgment call enjoy the benefits of what they foolishly turned down. Honorable mentions go to Will Smith who turned down the role of Neo in the now iconic film The Matrix, John Travolta who turned down the role of Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump, and Hugh Jackman who turned down a Bond role in Casino Royale. Fortunately for all three actors, they've more than managed to make up for the losses, having each accumulated nine figure net worths. Below are 10 of the most regrettable decisions ever made by celebs that forced them to watch millions of dollars slip through their fingers.

9 Hulk Hogan

via:www.forbes.com

8 Shaquille O'Neal

via:nextimpulsesports.com

7 Emily Browning

6 Katie Holmes

5 Paul Shaffer

4 Sean Connery

3 Sandra Bernhard

2 Pamela Anderson

1 Dave Chappelle

In 2002, Dave Chappelle was at the height of his popularity when Comedy Central offered him $50 million for a 3rd season of his comedy sketch program, The Dave Chappelle Show. Instead of accepting the dream offer, the funny man decided to move to Africa on a whim. Dave explained in an interview with James Lipton that his reason for packing up and moving to Africa at the worst possible timing in his career was due in large part to the overwhelming grief of losing his father at the time of the offer, among other disagreements that the comedian had with executives. The 31 year old at the time received a ton of flack from the public for the unthinkable decision to turn down $50 million and was rumored to have literally lost his mind back then, to which Dave asserts, "To say someone is crazy is dismissive, people are not crazy, they are strong people, maybe their environment is a little sick.” Today, Dave is only worth $10 million.

Sources: nme.com, jewishbusinessnews.com, mtv.com, huffingtonpost.com, digitalspy.co.uk, washingtontimes.com

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