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14 Actors Who Passed on Iconic Roles (1 Missed Out on a $250 Million Payday & a Pop Icon Said No to Playing Catwoman!)

Hollywood can become a bit of a guessing game at times.

Actors have to field a list of potential roles and decide which one seems the most promising. In doing so, they might end up missing out on a chance to star in a project that becomes a serious blockbuster.

We previously rounded up 12 actors who nearly passed on what would become their most iconic roles. However, there are even more actors who did say “no thanks” to appearing in solid-gold hits.

For instance, one A-lister opted out of starring in Avatar. In the process, they missed out on a $250 million payday! A pop icon had some regrets about passing on a chance to play Catwoman. One actress was even offered a chance to play Neo, a male role, in The Matrix!

You’ll be surprised to see who was offered a chance to star in movies such as Legally Blonde and Forrest Gump and who passed on roles within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Scroll through the slideshow to see which actors passed on major roles and why…

Dave Bautista Confirms He's Done Playing Drax in MCU, But He's Open to Playing a New Character!

Dave Bautista is opening up about leaving his Guardians of the Galaxy character Drax behind and how he’s hopeful to continue starring in the superhero genre.

The 55-year-old actor played the iconic character in the MCU for years and he went on to appear in movies like Army of the Dead, Glass Onion, Knock at the Cabin, and Dune.

Dave is confirming that he’s “done” with Drax, but not necessarily done with the MCU.

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15 Actors Auditioned to Play Star-Lord Before Chris Pratt (& Many Have Brought Other Heroes to Life!)

The casting directors for the Marvel Cinematic Universe have the Midas touch. Every role that they cast is golden!

Chris Pratt as Star-Lord is no exception. He perfectly embodies the fun but complex hero in several films across the franchise.

However, he faced stiff competition from a talented batch of actors to earn a chance to join the Avengers.

In a franchise that already had several (expertly cast) actors named Chris on the team, he was introduced as the plucky and smart-mouthed Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill) in 2014′s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Since then, he’s stepped out with the team of heroes multiple times, most recently in 2023′s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

While he is now synonymous with the part, we did some digging and rounded up 15 other actors who auditioned for the opportunity. Interestingly, there are even rumors about who were the second and third choices.

Some of his competitors wound up acting alongside Chris in the MCU. One even joined the cast of the first Guardians movie in another role. Others have fronted their own mega-successful franchises.

Scroll through the slideshow to see who else could have played Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

15 Actors Auditioned to Play Star-Lord Before Chris Pratt was Cast (the 2nd & 3rd Choices Were Revealed!)

The casting directors for the Marvel Cinematic Universe have the magic touch when it comes to casting. They find the perfect character for each role!

Chris Pratt as Star-Lord is no exception! However, he faced some stiff competition from a talented batch of actors to earn a chance to join the Avengers.

In a franchise that already had several (expertly cast) actors named Chris on the team, he was introduced as the plucky and smart-mouthed Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill) in 2014′s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Since then, he’s stepped out with the team of heroes multiple times, most recently in 2023′s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

While he is now synonymous with the part, we did some digging and rounded up 15 other actors who auditioned for the opportunity. Interestingly, there are even rumors about who were the second and third choices.

Some of his competitors wound up acting alongside Chris in the MCU. One even joined the cast of the first Guardians movie in another role. Others have fronted their own mega-successful franchises.

Scroll through the slideshow to see who else could have played Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

15 Actors Auditioned to Play Star-Lord Before Chris Pratt was Cast (See Who Were the 2nd & 3rd Choices!)

The casting directors for the Marvel Cinematic Universe have the magic touch when it comes to casting. They find the perfect character for each role!

Chris Pratt as Star-Lord is no exception! However, he faced some stiff competition from a talented batch of actors to earn a chance to join the Avengers.

In a franchise that already had several (expertly cast) actors named Chris on the team, he was introduced as the plucky and smart-mouthed Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill) in 2014′s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Since then, he’s stepped out with the team of heroes multiple times, most recently in 2023′s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

While he is now synonymous with the part, we did some digging and rounded up 15 other actors who auditioned for the opportunity. Interestingly, there are even rumors about who were the second and third choices.

Some of his competitors wound up acting alongside Chris in the MCU. One even joined the cast of the first Guardians movie in another role. Others have fronted their own mega-successful franchises.

Scroll through the slideshow to see who else could have played Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

Bradley Cooper & Ex Irina Shayk Dress as Rocket Raccoon for Halloween Trick-or-Treating! (Photos)

Bradley Cooper is bringing his CGI character to life for Halloween!

The 48-year-old actor wore a Rocket Raccoon costume while going trick-or-treating on Tuesday evening (October 31) in New York City.

Bradley was joined by his ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk, who wore the same exact costume as him. Looks like they are both big Guardians of the Galaxy fans in real life!

The former couple put up a united front on Halloween to go trick-or-treating with their daughter, who isn’t pictured here.

Bradley has voiced the role of Rocket in 2014′s Guardians of the Galaxy, 2017′s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, 2018′s Avengers: Infinity War, 2019′s Avengers: Endgame, 2022′s Thor: Love and Thunder, and 2023′s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Have you seen the new rumors about Bradley‘s dating life?

Browse through the gallery for more photos from the Halloween outing…

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Chris Pratt Competed With 15 Actors to Play Star-Lord (We Have a Good Idea Who Were the 2nd & 3rd Choices, Too!)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has always had a gift when it comes to casting; they find the perfect character for each role.

Chris Pratt as Star-Lord is no exception! However, he faced some stiff competition from a talented batch of actors to earn a chance to join the Avengers.

In a franchise that already had several (expertly cast) actors named Chris on the team, he was introduced as the plucky and smart-mouthed Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill) in 2014′s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Since then, he’s stepped out with the team of heroes multiple times, most recently in 2023′s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

While he is now synonymous with the part, we did some digging and rounded up 15 other actors who auditioned for the opportunity. Interestingly, there are even rumors about who were the second and third choices.

Some of his competitors wound up acting alongside Chris in the MCU. One even joined the cast of the first Guardians movie in another role. Others have fronted their own mega-successful franchises.

Scroll through the slideshow to see who else could have played Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe…