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
Mel Gibson reportedly could have had the part of Maximus in 'Gladiator.' Instead, it went to Russell Crowe.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(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.

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Jan 13, 2014 9:34 AM CST
I turned down the role of Godzilla.
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