Man at His Best

10 A-List Actors Who Rejected Iconic Roles

No excuses for turning down these masterpieces​.

BY NICK POPE | Sep 6, 2016 | Film & TV

Sought-after actors (probably) have entire rooms dedicated towards their to-read script stacks—so it's understandable that they might accidentally overlook a few stormers through sheer exhaustion.

But there's no excuses for passing over the greatest films and TV shows of all-time, like these accident-prone A-listers…

1 | Will Smith—Neo (The Matrix)

Year: 1999

Instead starred in: Wild Wild West (17 percent Rotten Tomatoes score)

Replaced by: Keanu reeves

2 | Hugh Jackman—James Bond (Casino Royale)

Year: 2006

Instead starred in: The Prestige (76% RT)

Replaced by: Daniel Craig

3 | Jack Nicholson—Vincent Corleone (The Godfather)

Year: 1972

Instead starred in: The King of Marvin Gardens (71%)

Replaced by: Al Pacino

4 | Tom Cruise—Ren McCormack (Footloose)

Year: 1984

Instead starred in: Legend (48% RT)

Replaced by: Kevin Bacon

5 | John Travolta—Forrest (Forrest Gump)

Year: 1994

Instead starred in: Pulp Fiction (94% RT)

Replaced by: Tom Hanks

6 | Matthew Broderick—Walter White (Breaking Bad)

Year: 2008

Instead starred in: Diminished Capacity (35% RT)

Replaced by: Bryan Cranston

7 | Johnny Depp—Ferris (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

Year: 1986

Instead starred in: Platoon (88% RT)

Replaced by: Matthew Broderick

8 | Jim Carrey—Edward (Edward Scissorhands)

Year: 1990

Instead starred in: High Strung (No review)

Replaced by: Johnny Depp

9 | Pamela Anderson—Scully (X-Files)

Year: 1998

Instead starred in: V.I.P (No review)

Replaced by: Gillian Anderson

10 | Harrison Ford—Oskar Schindler (Schindler’s List)

Year: 1993

Instead starred in: The Fugitive (96% RT)

Replaced by: Liam Neeson

From: Esquire UK.