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9 Stars Who Turned Down Memorable Roles


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Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson has had a blockbuster career as an actor, starring in both the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon series, and as a director, winning an Academy Award for Braveheart (1995), in which he also starred. Gibson turned down the lead role in The Terminator (1984), which went to Arnold Schwarzenegger instead. Gibson was also offered the lead in the first Batman movie (1989) (which went to Michael Keaton), but he was already committed to Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Later, he turned down the part of villain Two Face in Batman Forever (1995), which went to Tommy Lee Jones.