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9 Stars Who Turned Down Memorable Roles

Bill Murray

Bill Murray got his start on Saturday Night Live, which led to juicy roles in comedies such as Caddyshack (1980) and Ghostbusters (1984), and later to serious roles in films such as Lost in Translation (2003), for which he received an Oscar nomination. Murray was chosen for the role of Donald "Boon" Schoenstein in Animal House (1978), but passed to honor a previous commitment. Murray probably made a wise decision when he turned down the lead in Bad Santa (2003) (which went to Billy Bob Thornton) because of a scheduling conflict with Lost in Translation.