50 Celebrities Who Turned Down Iconic Roles

You'll never guess who almost played Rose in 'Titanic'...😳

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There's nothin' like missing out on one of the highest-grossing box office hits to make you regret that role you didn't take (we're lookin' at you, Gwyneth Paltrow). Coulda, shoulda, woulda, are we right? Ahead, 50 celebs who skipped out on iconic TV and movie roles.

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Marilyn Monroe

The role: Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Who *actually* played it: Audrey Hepburn

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Rooney Mara

The role: Maya in Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Who *actually* played it: Jessica Chastain

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Ellen DeGeneres

The role: Phoebe in Friends (1994-2004)

Who *actually* played it: Lisa Kudrow

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Ryan Gosling

The role: Christian Grey in Fifty Shades (2015)

Who *actually* played it: Jamie Dornan

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Tea Leoni

The role: Rachel in Friends (1994-2004)

Who *actually* played it: Jennifer Aniston

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Gillian Anderson

The role: Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones (2011-present)

Who *actually* played it: Lena Headey

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Brad Pitt

The role: Jim Lovell in Apollo 13 (1995)

Who *actually* played it: Tom Hanks

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The role: Detective David Mills in Se7en (1995)

Who *actually* played it: Brad Pitt

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The role: Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Who *actually* played it: Jennifer Lawrence

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The role: James Bond in Casino Royale (2006)

Who *actually* played it: Daniel Craig

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The role: Ren McCormack in Footloose (1984)

Who *actually* played it: Kevin Bacon

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The role: Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights (1997)

Who *actually* played it: Mark Wahlberg

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The role: Django in Django Unchained (2012)

Who *actually* played it: Jamie Foxx

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Robert Pattinson

The role: Christian Grey in Fifty Shades (2015)

Who *actually* played it: Jamie Dornan

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The role: Dumbledore in Harry Potter (2001)

Who *actually* played it: Richard Harris

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The role: Jerry Maguire in Jerry Maguire (1996)

Who *actually* played it: Tom Cruise

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The role: Alex Munday in Charlie’s Angels (2000)

Who *actually* played it: Lucy Liu

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The role: Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City (1998-2004)

Who *actually* played it: Sarah Jessica Parker

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Bette Midler

The role: Sister Mary Clarence in Sister Act (1992)

Who *actually* played it: Whoopi Goldberg

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Emma Stone

The role: One of the women in Ghostbusters (2016)

Who *actually* played it: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones

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The role: Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (2001)

Who *actually* played it: Reese Witherspoon

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The role: Christian Grey in Fifty Shades (2015)

Who *actually* played it: Jamie Dornan

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The role: Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009)

Who *actually* played it: Sandra Bullock

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Reese Witherspoon

The role: Sidney Prescott in Scream (1996)

Who *actually* played it: Neve Campbell

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Matthew Broderick

The role: Walter White in Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

Who *actually* played it: Bryan Cranston

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Jim Carrey

The role: Buddy in Elf (2003)

Who *actually* played it: Will Ferrell

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Helen Mirren

The role: Ms. Weiss in Precious (2009)

Who *actually* played it: Mariah Carey

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Lucy Hale

The role: Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades (2015)

Who *actually* played it: Dakota Johnson

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Drew Barrymore

The role: Nomi Malone in Showgirls (1995)

Who *actually* played it: Elizabeth Berkley

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Katie Holmes

The role: Piper in Orange Is the New Black (2013-present)

Who *actually* played it: Taylor Schilling

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