There is a saying - "One man's trash is another man's treasure." This has been indeed the story of these Hollywood actors, who had missed out on these iconic movie roles and which consequently went on to another actor who made it large.
Things would have been different had these actors accepted these roles at the first go. Here we list such incidences, where the iconic roles rejected by renowned actors went on to become career-transforming moves for another.
Tom Cruise As Iron Man
The Mission Impossible star had been offered the iconic role to play the character of Tony Stark and his iron-armored alter ego, back in 1998 by Marvel. But then Tom Cruise didn't find the script interesting enough to say 'yes'.
"They came to me at a certain point and ... when I do something, I want to do it right, If I commit to something, it has to be done in a way that I know it's gonna be something special. And as it was lining up, it just didn't feel to me like it was gonna work." said Tom.
Oh, boy, what a miss ! 10 years later, when the movie eventually hit the multiplexes, it set Robert Downey Jr on a journey, to become the highest-paid actor in the world.
Russell Crowe As Wolverine
Hugh Jackman will play the iconic superhero Wolverine, for one last time, with the upcoming movie titled Logan, But shockingly enough, he was never the first choice to play this iconic superhero character. Bryan Singer wanted Russell Crowe to do the role.
However, Russel Crowe didn't want to commit into another movie at that point of time, just after finishing out on Gladiator.
Hugh Jackman revealed, he would have never even got a chance to feature in the X-Men movie by any means if Russell Crowe hadn't recommended his name.
"Bryan Singer asked Rusty [Russell Crowe] to do Wolverine, and he said, 'Nah mate, I've just done Gladiator, it's not for me. But you should look at this other guy ...'"
Gwyneth Paltrow As Rose In Titanic
Rumours had it that Kate Winslet was not even in the mind of James Cameron for the iconic role of Rose in the romantic blockbuster Titanic. It was Gwyneth Paltrow, who was approached by the director to play 'Rose', but the actress didn't find the character interesting.
Well, we all know what happened after that, the role happened to Kate Winslet, and she earned an Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category for that role.
"You get one chance, that's it," said Cameron, indicating Gwyneth Paltrow.