5 Actors who Desperately Wanted Roles but Didn’t Get Them (So Far)

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We’ve all heard of actors that turned down famous roles — which have proven to be well-paying, too — for one reason or another. Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf in the “The Lord of the Rings” series citing his lack of understanding of the script. Eminem refused to play in “Elysium” because director Neill Blomkamp refused to shoot the movie in Detroit, and Lindsay Lohan refused to play Jade the stripper in “The Hangover”, possibly because it reminded her of her everyday life too much. Actors routinely refuse roles, but there are some roles that they want, and some of them desperately. Let us take a look at some of these today.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves was many things during his movie career. He played a samurai, a time-traveling rock star teenager, the best contract killer of all time, a demon hunter with lung cancer, and even the connected savior of humanity in a post-apocalyptic future. What he didn’t play, in turn, was a superhero – even though he always wanted to play not one, but two of them.

“I always wanted to play Wolverine. But I didn’t get that. And they have a great Wolverine now. I always wanted to play “The Dark Knight”. But I didn’t get that one. They’ve had some great Batmans. So now I’m just enjoying them as an audience,” he said.

Chris Pratt

When asked about his dream role, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World” star Chris Pratt has proven to be surprisingly practical: he wants to play a cop.

“I’ve always wanted to play a cop,” he revealed in an interview. “I’ve had the opportunity to, but I haven’t taken it because I take it really seriously and I think there is only one chance to do it for the first time. So I’ve passed up on a few opportunities to, but at some point, I will play a cop.”

Idris Elba

English actor, producer, musician, and DJ Idris Elba has some iconic roles under his belt. He plays a cop, a talented detective, in the BBC crime drama “Luther”, he voiced Shere Khan in “The Jungle Book” and Chief Bogo in “Zootopia”, he played Krall in “Star Trek Beyond”, Heimdall in the “Thor” movies, captain Pentecost in “Pacific Rim”, and even Nelson Mandela in the 2013 biopic. He was even rumored to play James Bond in an upcoming movie (he, of course, dismissed this rumor at once).

His bucket list role is, in turn, that of legendary jazz musician Thelonius Monk. “When jazz was popular in the early ’50s, Monk came along and just did something weird with it and everyone was like, ‘He’s a bit odd.’ He had mental health issues he didn’t realize he had for a long time, but he was an absolute genius because he just came in and broke all the rules. He was kind of like the Skrillex of his day,” he said.

Danny Trejo

During his lasting movie career, Danny Trejo played quite a few antiheroes, perhaps his best-known role was that of Machete, the badass Federale taking on criminals in the bloodiest way possible. He, too, has a dream role: the one of Lobo, one of the most brutal antiheroes of the DC universe. He expressed his desire to take on the character through a tweet aimed at DC Comics last January:


Daniel Radcliffe

Last but not least, everyone’s favorite wizard – Daniel Radcliffe, who has grown out of Hogwarts long ago, taking on many roles over the years, including that of a corpse in Swiss Army Man and the one who revives corpses in Victor Frankenstein. He was already a wizard – and he dreams of becoming a silver screen superhero. And he dreams of playing none other than the web-slinger himself, Spider-Man. He thinks he might have missed the chance, though -“they’ve done it three times in my lifetime,” he told the press.

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