At one point in their lives, these actors and actresses regretted being in movies or TV series for one reason or another. Sometimes it was because they didn’t have faith in the movie when filming ended, didn’t like certain scenes in which they acted, or had difficulties on the set with the director. I also included a turned down pivotal roles that probably would be helped their careers especially at the start. I guess money and the spotlight isn’t everything. I included the role I believe was the best from the movies I’ve seen for each one as well.
Johnny Depp regrets being Tom Hanson in 21 Jump Street series.
Johnny Depp turned down the chance to play Lestat in Interview with the Vampire that went to Tom Cruise.
Johnny Depp’s greatest role was James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in Black Mass.
John Cusack regrets being Lane Myer in Better Off Dead.
John Cusack turned down the chance to play Fred Haise in Apollo 13 that went to Bill Paxton.
John Cusack’s greatest role was Martin Blank in Grosse Pointe Blank.
Kate Winslet regrets being Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic.
Kate Winlset turned down the chance to play Viola De Lessups in Shakespeare in Love that went to Gwyneth Paltrow.
Kate Winslet’s greatest role was Madeleine in Quills.
Mark Wahlberg regrets being Elliot Moore in The Happening.
Mark Wahlberg turned down the chance to play Jack Twist in Brokedown Mountain that went to Jake Gyllenhaal.
Mark Wahlberg’s greatest role was Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights.
Emilia Clarke regrets being Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys.
Emilia Clarke turned down the chance to play Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades trilogy that went to Dakota Johnson.
Emilia Clarke’s greatest role was Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
Christopher Plummer regrets being Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music
Christopher Plummer turned down the chance to play Gandalf in Lord of the Rings trilogy that went to Sir Ian McKellen.
Christopher Plummer’s greatest role was Henrik Vanger in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Sharon Stone regrets being Catherine Trammel in Basic Instinct.
Sharon Stone turned down the chance to play Sheila in Exit to Eden that went to Rosie O’Donnell.
Sharon Stone’s greatest role was Ginger McKenna in Casino.
Bill Murray regrets being the voice of Garfield in Garfield.
Bill Murray turned down the chance to play Frank Ginsberg in Little Miss Sunshine that went to Steve Carrell.
Bill Murray’s greatest role was Don Johnston in Broken Flowers.
Will Smith regrets being Cypher Raige in After Earth.
Will Smith turned down the chance to play Neo in the Matrix trilogy that went to Keanu Reeves.
Will Smith’s greatest role was Robert Neville in I Am Legend.
Molly Ringwald regrets being Claire in The Breakfast Club.
Molly Ringwald turned down the chance to play Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman that went to Julia Roberts.
Molly Ringwald’s greatest role was Andie in Pretty in Pink.
Halle Berry regrets being Patience Phillips in Catwoman.
Halle Berry turned down the chance to play Annie in Speed.
Halle Berry’s greatest role was Audrey Burke in Things We Lost in the Fire.
Natatlie Portman regrets being Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I, II, and III.
Natalie Portman turned down the chance to play Rogue in X Men.
Natalie Portman’s greatest role was Evey in V for Vendetta.