9. Henry Winkler
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The Role: Danny Zuko in Grease
Who Took It: John Travolta
D’aww Henry! Maybe if you had tossed your fears of being typecast as a permanent Fonz and taken this role, we wouldn’t keep forgetting your name!
10. Reese Witherspoon
The Role: Sidney Prescott in Scream
Who Took It: Neve Campbell
Reese didn’t care for this script, which is a shame because this movie was legendary. Like, a little dumb, but still legendary.
11. Michelle Pfeiffer
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The Role: Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs
Who Took It: Jodie Foster
Ohhh boy, I’ll bet Michelle deeply regrets passing on this movie that gave my father eternal quoting material. If she didn’t choose it for any other reason, that should have been the one. But, alas, she didn’t care. Sorry Dad!
12. Chevy Chase
The Role: Lester Burnham in American Beauty
Who Took It: Kevin Spacey
It must suck to have Kevin Spacey swing right in and so flawlessly act out the role you just turned down. But Chevy Chase knows exactly how hot that burn feels, because that’s what happened with American Beauty.
13. Sarah Michelle Gellar
The Role: Cher Horowitz in Clueless
Who Took It: Alicia Silverstone
Alright, let’s just get this out of our system now. SMG as Cher H? As if! But, while I’m pretty glad that she let this one go and let the much-better-fit Alicia take it over, she shouldn’t be. After all, she totally missed the opportunity to have a virtual closet.
14. Emily Blunt
The Role: Black Widow in Iron Man 2
Who Took It: Scarlett Johansson
I think that one hard and fast rule that actors can depend on to be true is that you shouldn’t turn down a big role in an even larger movie franchise. You can do all of your artistic mumbo jumbo, too, but the role of the Black Widow only comes around once before ScarJo comes and swoops in.
15. Julia Roberts
The Role: Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side
Who Took It: Sandra Bullock
Sandra actually went on to win an Oscar and Julia’s choice starred Ashton Kutcher, sooo… that’s all I’m going to say about that.
16. Leonardo DiCaprio
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The Role: Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights
Who Took It: Mark Wahlberg
Leo’s actually expressed regret over passing on this role because he ended up enjoying the movie. But sorry, Leo, the ancient proverb very clearly states that when you snooze, you lose.