Actors That Turned Down Iconic Roles For Lackluster Ones

Actors can fall in love with a character or a story, only for the movie to be a complete disaster, in the end, leaving them wishing they had agreed to play another part in a different movie. It’s the harsh reality of the business and a feeling of regret that many actors share. Here are some factors that turned down now-iconic roles for ones that were less-than-impressive.

Emily Blunt – Gulliver’s Travels Over Black Widow

Picture of Emily Blunt
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

Scarlet Johansson may have been perfect for playing the character Black Widow in the 2010 Marvel film Iron Man 2, but it was Emily Blunt that the studio was interested in first. Blunt turned down portraying the superhero due to a scheduling issue with Jack Black’s Gulliver’s Travels.

While Iron Man 2 may not have been the most beloved film, there’s no denying that it was significantly better than the disaster that was Gulliver’s Travels. Furthermore, audiences loved Johansson as Black Widow so much they decided to give the character her own movie.