11 reasons celebrities were turned down for casting

Tom Holland was almost in Star Warsbut during his audition, he couldn’t stop laughing.


Harry Styles really wanted to play Elvis Presley in Elvisbut the director of the film turned him down.

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In a recent interview about the Fitzy & Wippa podcast, Elvis director Baz Luhrmann explained: “The real problem with Harry is that he’s Harry Styles. He’s already an icon. Harry and I got to a place, really I mean – he was just desperate to put on the suit and explore .”

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However, Luhrmann called Styles “really talented” and a “great spirit”.

The role eventually went to Austin Butler.

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Andrew Garfield auditioned to play Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narniabut was told he wasn’t “handsome enough”.

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in a interview of entertainment tonightGarfield explained: “I remember being so desperate. I auditioned for Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia and I thought, This could be it; this could be it. …I remember being obsessed.”

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When the Spider Man star was rejected for the role, he went to his agent to ask why: “[My agent] eventually I just broke through my incessant whining, and she said, ‘It’s because they don’t think you’re pretty enough, Andrew.'”

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The role eventually went to Ben Barnes.

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“Ben Barnes is a very handsome, talented man,” says Garfield said† “So in hindsight I’m not unhappy with the decision and I think he did a great job.”


Brenda Song claims she wasn’t allowed to audition for Crazy Rich Asians because she was not considered “Asian enough”.

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Song’s mother is Thai and her father is Hmong.

In an interview with Teen Vogue, the Suite living star explained: “A lot of people don’t know this, but I’ve never been able to read it before Crazy Rich Asians, ever. Their reasoning behind that, what they said was that my image wasn’t actually Asian enough, in not so many words. It broke my heart. I said, ‘This character is in his late to mid-twenties, an Asian American, and I can’t even audition for it? I’ve auditioned for white roles my entire career, but this particular role, won’t you let me do that? You’re going to blame me for working all my life?’ I was like, ‘Where do I fit?'”

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“I got myself together and said, ‘Brenda, there’s only one you, and you can’t change who you are. You can’t change your past.’ “I’m so grateful for all the work I’ve done. All I can do is continue to do good auditions, do my best – that’s all I can ask for.”

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu disputed Song’s story, writing in a tweet response to Entertainment Weekly, “Would these words ever come out of my mouth? No, it doesn’t make sense. I feel awful, she thinks this is the reason. The fact is I love Brenda Song and am a fan. I had didn’t need her to audition because I already knew who she was!”

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Robert Redford wanted the lead role of Benjamin in the graduatebut was told no one would believe he could play a “loser”.

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In an interview with Vanity Fair, director Mike Nichols recalled, “I said, ‘You can’t play.’ [Benjamin]† You can never play a loser.’ And Redford said, ‘What do you mean? Of course I can play a loser.’ And I said, ‘Okay, have you ever hit a girl?’ and he said, ‘What do you mean?’ And he wasn’t kidding.

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^That’s Redford in 1965, a year later the graduate was released.

The role eventually went to Dustin Hoffman.


Robin Williams was reportedly interested in playing Hagrid or Remus Lupine in the Harry Potter movies, but the filmmakers wanted an all-British cast.

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In an interview with Huffington Post, casting director Janet Hirshenson explained why director Christopher Columbus turned Williams down for Hagrid. †[Williams] I really wanted to be in the film, but it was an edict only for the British,” she said [Columbus] said no to Robin, he wouldn’t say yes to anyone else, that’s for sure.”

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In an interview with Total Film, Columbus said it was “very difficult” to tell Williams that he couldn’t play Lupine either. In another interview with Insider, Columbus added: “Robin would have been brilliant [as Lupin]† It would have been a different interpretation.”

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The role of Hagrid eventually went to Robbie Coltrane and the role of Lupine to David Thewlis.


Zoë Kravitz Was Told She Was Too ‘Urban’ To Audition For The Dark Knight Rises

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The Batman star explained in an interview with the Observer: “I don’t know if it’s straight out [director] Chris Nolan. I think it was probably some kind of casting director, or a casting director’s assistant. … Being a woman of color and being an actor and being told at the time that I couldn’t read because of my skin color, and the word ‘urban’ being thrown around like that was what was really difficult about that moment.”

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Kravitz later posted on her Instagram story: “I didn’t mention this to point the finger or make anyone look racist, namely Chris Nolan, the producers of the film or anyone on the casting team, because I really don’t believe anyone I was just giving an example of what it was like to be a woman of color in this industry at the time.” She also clarified that she wanted to audition for a “small role” in The Dark Knightnot the part of Catwoman.


Sean Young initially landed the role of Vicki Vale in Batman, but after breaking her arm, she was let go and replaced by Kim Basinger. When Batman returns in the making, Young famously appeared in the Warner Bros. studio. dressed as Catwoman to convince director Tim Burton that she was perfect for the role – which failed to impress him.

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Warner Bros. Executive Mark Canton described the incident in the behind-the-scenes documentary Shadow of the batMy office door flew open, which says a lot about how different security is today, and Michael Keaton and I saw Sean Young dressed as Catwoman jumping over my couch and saying, ‘I’m Catwoman!’ We looked at each other and said, ‘Whoa.'”

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Young revealed that Burton was not in the studio to see her stunt. “He wasn’t there. I think he was hiding in the bathroom,” Young said. “Who knows? If these Warner Bros. executives were really good business people, they’d let me play Catwoman today, and I’d make a huge amount of money. But they’re too stupid. You can lead people to water, but you can lead them don’t make great artists. Nobody wants to take that risk, it’s too scary.”


Young also appeared on The Joan Rivers show dressed up as Catwoman in another attempt to land the part, as seen above.

The role of Catwoman eventually went to Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Tom Holland auditioned for the role of Finn in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakensbut didn’t get the part because he “couldn’t stop laughing” during his audition.

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In an interview with Backstage, Holland explained, “I was about four or five auditions in. … I remember doing this scene with this lady bless her, and she was just a drone. So I did this all, like, ‘We have to get back to the ship!’ And she went, ‘Bleep, bloop bloop, bleep bloop.’ I just couldn’t stop laughing I thought it was so funny And I felt really bad because she tried really hard to be a convincing android or drone or whatever they’re called Yeah I got the part clearly not. That wasn’t my best moment.”

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The role eventually went to John Boyega.

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Eddie Redmayne auditioned for the role of Kylo Ren in Star Warsbut was rejected after he screwed up his audition.

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In an interview with Uproxx, Redmayne described his audition: “They gave me like a” Star Trek scene – or something fun from Pride and Prejudice† It was one of those movies. with movies That top secret, they don’t give you the actual rules. So they give you a scene Pride and Prejudice, but then they tell you you’re auditioning for the bad guy. If you methen you put on a ridiculous voice.”

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†[Nina Gold] just sat there and I tried again and again with different versions of my kind ‘koohh paaaah’ [Darth Vader breathing sound] voice,” Redmayne continued. “And after about 10 shots, she says, ‘Do you have anything else?’ I was like, ‘No.'”

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The role eventually went to Adam Driver.

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Chris Klein auditioned for the role of Sky in Oh mom!but was knocked out of the running when he realized the musical part actually required singing.

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In an interview with Huffington Post, the american pie actor explained: “So an audition I had done years ago for Oh mom! has been put on the web in some way. And it’s a terrible audition. And I took a chance – I can’t sing! I don’t know why I was there. But I took a chance! It’s a musical – let’s see if I can give it a shot. And, you know, the way they put it there is taken out of context and things like that. It was For real a terrible audition. Talk about a reason I didn’t get a part, man!”

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Above is the viral audition video that Klein refers to.

The role eventually went to Dominic Cooper.

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And finally, Freddie Prince Jr. was reportedly highly regarded for the role of Spider-Man before Spider Man (2002), but he ruined it during a meeting with director Sam Raimi.

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In an episode of his podcast Prince and the WolfPrince Jr. explained: “I have a meeting with Sam [Raimi], and I was super excited, super nervous. Went in and we sat down – it was only three people he was talking to – and I sat down and he said, ‘So tell me, tell me why you love Spider-Man?'”

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“I’m going into this whole universe of what my favorite parts are from” Spider Man and I foolishly bring up the alien symbiote, that’s Venom, right,” the actor continued. “When I left I was literally like, ‘You were just talking about Venom for 25 minutes instead of Spider-Man you stupid a–gat’, and I drove home so upset and angry.”

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The role, of course, eventually went to Tobey Maguire.

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