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These Actors Turned Down Roles in 2005's 'Brokeback Mountain'

Brokeback Mountain could have had a very different cast!

Ang Lee ended up directing the film, but before signing on, director Gus Van Sant was also in the running to direct the groundbreaking 2005 film.

Gus spoke in an interview about the actors he originally offered roles to, before they turned it down.

“Nobody wanted to do it. I was working on it, and I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast. That wasn’t working out. I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillippe. They all said no,” Gus told IndieWire.

“Yes, all those young gentlemen (at the time) turned down the project, for various reasons,” producer and screenwriter Diana Ossana confirmed.

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal ended up starring in the film, and both received Oscar nominations for their work.

FYI: Ang Lee ended up winning the Oscar for Best Director for his work on the film! The film also was nominated for a slew of other Oscars.

Matt Damon In Talks To Star As Marc Rich In 'King of Oil'

Matt Damon might be joining the cast of The King of Oil!

The 47-year-old actor is reportedly in early talks to portray disgraced billionaire Marc Rich in the upcoming flick.

The film is being produced by John Krasinski’s Sunday Night Prods. and is based on the book The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich.

The biopic is set to shed new light the controversial international businessmen, who fled to Europe rather than face a prison sentence.

He was eventually pardoned by President Bill Clinton on his last day in office.

Matt and John have previously worked together Manchester by the Sea and Promised Land.

'Ocean's 8' Director Speaks to Why Matt Damon's Cameo Was Cut

Ocean’s 8 director Gary Ross, who also co-wrote the film, was asked about why Matt Damon‘s cameo was cut from the film.

Matt was supposed to reprise his role as Linus Caldwell from the original Ocean’s Eleven films in the female-led reboot, in theaters now.

“There were a lot of people who were gracious to us that just for editorial and storytelling reasons didn’t make it in and some who did,” Gary told THR. “If you know, we ended up shooting probably another 10 days afterwards, so there’s a lot of material and a lot of shaping. But it really just comes to storytelling.”

Matt Damon's Cameo Reportedly Got Cut From 'Ocean's 8'

Matt Damon reportedly won’t be in Ocean’s 8 when fans see it in theaters this weekend.

The 47-year-old actor was spotted making his way through LAX airport on Friday (June 8) in Los Angeles.

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Earlier this year, Matt confirmed that he had a minor role in the film, reprising his role as pickpocket Linus Caldwell, the son of a legendary con artist.

“I only worked for a day. They asked me to do it and I really wanted to support the project and support these awesome actresses. This is a movie about the women,” he told the Toronto Sun.

Although Matt hasn’t officially said anything about the film since its release, fans who have seen the film haven’t noticed a cameo from Matt.

FYI: Matt is wearing a ’47 hat.

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Chris Hemsworth & Matt Damon Go Shirtless at the Beach

Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon got in a beach day with their pals!

The 34-year-old Marvel star and Matt, 47, were joined by Matt‘s wife Luciana, as well as a group of friends for the day lounging around on Thursday (May 31) in Queensland, Australia.

Both actors went shirtless as they soaked up the sun on their relaxing day off.

If you don’t know, Chris and Matt are BFFs and they’re often seen hanging out together in Australia.

Check out all the new photos of Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon…

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