These Actors Passed On Iconic Roles And Regret It

Actors turn down roles in movies and television series all the time. Sometimes scheduling issues are to blame while sometimes an actor just doesn’t want to commit to a project. When an actor declines a role, they don’t always anticipate it will be a huge hit. So when a production turns into a monumental success or propels an actor’s career, those who declined are left regretting it big time. It happens more than you might think too! Here’s a list of actors that turned down iconic roles and regret it to this day.

Seven Was Too Intense For Denzel Washington

Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images / New Line Cinema
Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images / New Line Cinema

Although we can’t imagine Seven without Brad Pitt screaming “What’s in the box?!” the role of Detective Mills was initially offered to Denzel Washington. The Malcolm X star passed it up, claiming that the film was too dark for his liking. Then, after Washington saw the movie in theatres, he regretted his decision and called it one of the biggest mistakes of his career.

The neo-noir crime thriller was released in 1995 and was the seventh-highest grossing film of the year, raking in $327 million worldwide. The well-received flick is regarded as one of the scariest and uneasiest movies in the genre of all time.