17 Celebs Who Turned Down Iconic Roles

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This story was originally published on April 6:
Update: Christina Applegate revealed she passed on one of the biggest roles, ever — and regrets it. Applegate was almost Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. The actress told Entertainment Tonight that she saw the script right after her time on Married...With Children and was afraid of repeating herself. "What a stupid move that was, right?" she confessed.

Imagine you’re watching Titanic. Jack and Rose are creeping their way up to the head of the boat. They're about to do that arms-spread, king-of-the-world scene. Except, Leo doesn't have his arms around Kate Winslet. Instead, he's gently caressing the torso of one Gwyneth Paltrow.

Doesn't make sense, right? But, that's almost how it was. Paltrow was nearly all like, "Paint me like one of your French girls, Jack." She's just one of many actors who turned down now-iconic parts. Ahead, 17 actors who said, "Thanks, but no thanks" to the roles we couldn't possibly imagine them in now.

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