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The Role: Clarice Sterling
Michelle Pfeiffer was offered the role of Clarice Sterling in Jonathan Demme’s adaptation of The Silence Of The Lambs. She turned it down because she found the movie to be too violent and disturbing. Jodi Foster won the role, and it gave her a second Academy Award for Best Actress.
The Role: Han Solo
Al Pacino was offered the role of Han Solo in Star Wars. He said he wasn’t interested in playing the role. Harrison Ford took over, and the movie franchise went on to become one of the most successful film series in history, establishing Ford’s superstar status.
The Role: Catherine Tramell
Kim Basinger passed up on playing Catherine Tramell in Paul Verhoeven’s thriller Basic Instinct. The role was subsequently handed to Sharon Stone. The film became one of the highest grossing films of 1992, earning $352 million at box office. The role is highly regarded as the one responsible for giving Sharon Stone her much needed break.
The Role: Hannibal Lecter
Jeremy Irons was initially appraoched to play Hannibal Lecter in Jonathan Demme’s adaptation of The Silence Of The Lambs. Just like Michelle Pfeiffer when approached to play clarice Sterling, Irons cited the film’s violent content as his reason for turning down the role. Anthony Hopkins took over the role, and it became one of the most defining moments of the actor’s career.
The Role: Indiana Jones
Tom Selleck didn’t exactly turn down the role. He was very interested in playing the role. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas both picked Selleck for the role, but a deal couldn’t be reached with Universal Studios, whom Selleck was set to do another film with. As we all know, the role eventually went to Harrison Ford (whom George Lucas was initially reluctant to cast).