Maybe it's just us, but don't you ever wonder how certain actors respond to being cast in undesirable roles. Like how would someone react to getting a casting call for a "disgusting slob" or a "fat and ugly friend"? Sure, they probably don't name them so bluntly, but these are smart people; they know what's going on. Imagine the mixed feelings of an actor who landed a role, but the role is "nasty-looking freak." Should the actor be happy getting a paid role like that? Are they to be proud that the casting director said, "you're exactly what we were looking for in this part"? There's no doubt these actors are being insulted, but the truth is, they're not complaining about it. At least, not to us they aren’t. These roles are given to bit players and people don't do interviews with "fat grocery boy #2". So, what about the stars? Do they get offered roles that insult them? Yeah. It turns out they do.
Even stars are insulted by roles they've been offered. Hell, many of the stars on this list even took the roles, only admitting that they were offended or regretful during filming or after. So, what type of roles are these? Well, they range from racist roles to sexist roles, low-ball offers to inconsequential parts. Some are offended by the way their characters are described, whereas others were worried about how they will be perceived afterward. Let's get right into it. Here are 15 times actors were insulted by the roles they were offered.
15 Imelda Staunton – Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter
14 Rose McGowan – Adam Sandler Movie
13 Katherine Heigl – Allison Scott in Knocked Up
12 Natives – Natives in Ridiculous Six
11 Idris Elba – Heimdall in Thor: The Dark World
10 Rooney Mara – Tiger Lily in Pan
9 Sean Connery – Gandalf in Lord of the Rings
8 Jackie Chan – The Expendables
7 Denzel Washington – Unnamed Racist Movie
6 Kevin Hart – Alpa Chino in Tropic Thunder
5 Aziz Ansari – Call Center Guy in Transformers
4 Josh Brolin – George W. Bush in W
3 Meryl Streep – Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada
2 Will Smith – Django in Django Unchained
1 Jack Nicholson – Michael Corleone in The Godfather
More insulting than insulted, Jack Nicholson has said that the reason he turned down the offer to play Michael Corleone in The Godfather was because he wasn't Italian and that wasn't right. In recent years, Nicholson has admitted that his stance on the matter has changed slightly, but, the actor said, "back then, I believed that Indians should play Indians and Italians should play Italians … There were a lot of actors who could have played Michael, myself included, but Al Pacino was Michael Corleone. I can't think of a better compliment to pay him." You know, come to think of it, he's right.
Sources: BusinessInsider, HollywoodReporter, HuffingtonPost
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