9 Actors Who Turned Down Huge Roles

Carrie Bradshaw could have been played by ... Dana Delany?

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 12, 2014 7:59 AM CST

(Newser) – Can you picture anyone other than Sarah Jessica Parker playing Carrie Bradshaw? How about someone other than Julia Roberts playing Vivian in Pretty Woman? Probably not, but both of those roles, and 17 others rounded up by Wetpaint, almost went to other actors. Click through the gallery for a sampling. For more casting close calls, click here and here. Or check out the full list on Wetpaint.

Mel Gibson reportedly could have had the part of Maximus in 'Gladiator.' Instead, it went to Russell Crowe.
Mel Gibson reportedly could have had the part of Maximus in 'Gladiator.' Instead, it went to Russell Crowe.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Melanie Griffith turned down the role of Thelma in 'Thelma and Louise.' It went to Geena Davis.
Melanie Griffith turned down the role of Thelma in 'Thelma and Louise.' It went to Geena Davis.   (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Keanu Reeves didn't want to play Chris in 'Platoon' because the movie was too violent. Charlie Sheen got the role.
Keanu Reeves didn't want to play Chris in 'Platoon' because the movie was too violent. Charlie Sheen got the role.   (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Dana Delany could have played Carrie Bradshaw in 'Sex and the City,' but, she once explained, she didn't want to be in a show about sex. Sarah Jessica Parker ended up with the role. (Delany went on to turn down the role of Bree van de Camp in 'Desperate...
Dana Delany could have played Carrie Bradshaw in 'Sex and the City,' but, she once explained, she "didn't want to be in a show about sex." Sarah Jessica Parker ended up with the role. (Delany went on...   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Another 'Sex and the City' close call: Comedian Sandra Bernhard turned down the role of Miranda Hobbes. It went to Cynthia Nixon. Bernhard explained to Howard Stern, The original script was terrible.
Another 'Sex and the City' close call: Comedian Sandra Bernhard turned down the role of Miranda Hobbes. It went to Cynthia Nixon. Bernhard explained to Howard Stern, "The original script was terrible."   (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Molly Ringwald turned down the role of Vivian in 'Pretty Woman' because she was sick of Hollywood. It went to Julia Roberts.
Molly Ringwald turned down the role of Vivian in 'Pretty Woman' because she was sick of Hollywood. It went to Julia Roberts.   (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision/AP)
Emily Blunt turned down the role of Black Widow in 'The Avengers' because she was contracted to do another movie. Scarlett Johannson ended up with the part.
Emily Blunt turned down the role of Black Widow in 'The Avengers' because she was contracted to do another movie. Scarlett Johannson ended up with the part.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Craig T. Nelson turned down the role of Jay Pritchett on 'Modern Family' because he was offered more money for 'Parenthood.' Ed O’Neill got the part of Pritchett instead.
Craig T. Nelson turned down the role of Jay Pritchett on 'Modern Family' because he was offered more money for 'Parenthood.' Ed O’Neill got the part of Pritchett instead.   (AP Photo/NBC, Chris Haston)
Robert Redford didn't exactly turn down the role of Ben Braddock in 'The Graduate,' but here's director Mike Nichols explaining why the role when to Dustin Hoffman instead: I said, 'You can’t play it. You can never play a loser.' And Redford said, 'What do you mean? Of...
Robert Redford didn't exactly turn down the role of Ben Braddock in 'The Graduate,' but here's director Mike Nichols explaining why the role when to Dustin Hoffman instead: "I said, 'You can’t play it....   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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