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Cuba Gooding Jr. Says He Turned Down Roles in 'Ray,' 'Hotel Rwanda' & More

Cuba Gooding Jr. Says He Turned Down Roles in 'Ray,' 'Hotel Rwanda' & More

Cuba Gooding Jr. says he was offered a lot of really great roles in the past, but turned them down.

Some of the directors he turned down working with were Steven Spielberg (for Amistad), Michael Mann (for Collateral), Terry George (for Hotel Rwanda), and Taylor Hackford for the lead in the Ray Charles biopic that landed Jamie Foxx an Oscar.

“I had all these big directors offering me roles, and I read their scripts and said, ‘I don’t think this part is right for me.’ And what happens is, if you offend enough big directors, you get taken off their lists,” he told The Guardian.

“Oh yeah, I did some real clunkers,” Cuba said, adding it wasn’t because of money.“Not for me. For me, it was always about protecting the sanctity of that golden statue… Because I felt I needed to show people that I can do more, I can do better.”

Then, he was reminded, “You just reminded me of another one – I’m kicking my balls in this interview – I was offered Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland. And I said to myself, ‘I can’t do that. He’s a bad guy!’”

Cuba won an Oscar in 1997 for Jerry Maguire, and has since made Snow Dogs, Boat Trip, Ticking Clock, The Way Of War, Wrong Turn At Tahoe, Ryan Murphy‘s American Crime Story, and more.

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  • namers

    God he’s obnoxious.

  • cinemaniac

    I can’t believe they offered him these roles. I am glad he didn’t accept it. I don’t like his acting and his voice is annoying.

  • KS_in_TP

    OMG he’s so full of shit.

  • Kim

    “I can do more, I can do better” (then his oscar winning role).
    So he rejected working with all these amazing directors that offered roles that were different from what has done before (aka could have helped him do more).
    I don’t buy it x

  • KS_in_TP

    Right?? He’s so full of it. “I turned down great roles because I didn’t think they fit me. I did shitty roles because I have an Oscar and wanted to prove I could do a variety of things. Oh, I’m not a has-been. It’s just that the big directors took me off their lists because I have too much integrity.” SO FULL OF SHIT.

  • KS_in_TP

    He’s arrogant and embarrassed because he’s a has-been. It’s pitiful — but then he’s such an asshole about it, it’s hard to feel bad for him. I always believed he won that Oscar in a cycle when the Academy needed to award a person of color. The Academy has been at this token shit for decades. Once he won it, he couldn’t live it down because he’s not actually very talented. I suspect he really did get offered some big roles by big directors, but I suspect he was crap in the auditions and simply didn’t get the parts for that reason.

  • adyona23

    I always felt he was overacting in Jerry and still dont understand the oscar. Your explanation does make sense. Even in American horror story he was so over the top again :(

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