9 Stars Who Turned Down Memorable Roles


Sean Connery

A star with a career as long as Sean Connery's is bound to make both good and bad decisions. The good ones include roles in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), seven James Bond movies, and his Academy Award-winning role in The Untouchables (1987). But one questionable decision was turning down the 007 role in Live and Let Die (1973), which became a great career move for his replacement, Roger Moore. Connery later turned down the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which went to Ian McKellen, and the role of Morpheus in The Matrix films, which went to Laurence Fishburne -- two decisions that he later admitted regretting.