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14 Craziest Reasons Actors Were Rejected For Movie Roles

Hollywood is a fast-paced and unpredictable industry that can make or break careers in a very short amount of time. If an actor is given a part that plays to their s




Many of the most famous, beloved, and acclaimed performers are very familiar with rejection, having been turned down for a role for one of the many reasons that a filmmaker may decide to go in another direction. Surprisingly, not all of the reasons make sense; in fact, several of them are borderline absurd.


Here are 14 actors who were rejected from TV roles because of their looks, age, race, or other unfair reasons. Continue reading by scrolling down!

#1 Chris Pine was rejected for Ryan Atwood in “The O.C.” because of his acne

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Casting director Patrick Rush shared with the actor Chris Pine that his heart was already broken when they first met. His skin was bad. He recalled Chris being an exceptionally talented individual.

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The role went to Ben McKenzie.

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#2 Sheryl Lee Ralph earned a role in a pilot in the 1980s, but a producer fired her and informed her she wasn’t “Black enough”

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She stated this to People magazine, saying, “Those were his words. It was a terrible situation. I am able to recall how I felt even to this day.”

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#3 Before Sarah Jessica Parker finally decided to take the role, Lisa Edelstein had a contract to play Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City”

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Lisa told, “I was either going to do it or not. Everything depended on whether or not she accepted.”

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#4 Regé-Jean Page was supposedly not cast as Seyg-El (Superman’s grandfather) on Krypton due to his race

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 The role went to Cameron Cuffe.

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#5 Daniel Kaluuya was rejected from the role to his competitor’s advantage

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Daniel Kaluuya once went through ten rounds of auditions for a program in English about aliens. He was a strong contender for the lead role, but another actor ultimately won out. Daniel Kaluuya realized his competitor had been given an advantage. He stated that the other actor had been provided with an acting coach. They loved him more than they loved me, and I couldn’t understand why.

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#6 Alden Ehrenreich was rejected for the role of Dan Humphrey in “Gossip Girl” because he wasn’t “tall enough” to play Blake Lively’s love interest

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Alden is 5’9″, and Blake is 5’10”.

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#7 Marshall Herskovitz missed out on the role of Angela Chase in “My So-Called Life” because of her beauty

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Marshall said that Alicia was so beautiful that would make people would just tell about her looks. Her stunning appearance made her inappropriate for the role of a typical teenage girl.

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Claire Danes, on the other hand, was cast in the role.

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#8 In the “Stumptown” pilot, Mark Webber was replaced due to his appearance

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He believed that these “executive decisions” were the cause of the decline of network television and that they were responsible for the demeaning treatments that were being administered.

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 The role went to Jake Johnson.

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#9 Mindy Kaling was rejected because the producers determined she wasn’t “beautiful or funny enough” to play the part

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She revealed to the Guardian that despite the fact that she believed she had been vindicated by karma, the experience was traumatic for her at the time.

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#10 Mädchen Amick didn’t get the role because she didn’t look old enough

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During Madchen Amick’s audition for the role of Rory Gilmore on “Gilmore Girls,” the network had the impression that she “didn’t seem old enough to be a mother.”

She revealed this information to TVLine, saying, “The network said I didn’t seem old enough to be a mother, which I had thought was kind of the point.”

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The role went to Lauren Graham.

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However, Madchen was able to visit Stars Hollow because the show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, decided to have her appear in three episodes under the guise of Sherry Tinsdale.


#11 On “Girl Meets World”, Elliot Matthews was originally portrayed by Teo Halm. But, his character was dropped after the pilot

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The news that he wouldn’t be appearing on “Girl Meets World” was broken to him via Twitter.

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#12 Alyson Hannigan’s daughters Satyana and Keeva Denisof were slated to play Lily Aldrin’s second child on “How I Met Your Mother,” but the producers decided they were “too old”

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#13 In the “Man with a Plan” pilot, Jenna Fischer’s episode was only ever aired during the 2016 CBS Upfronts. Before the preview, the network chose to recast her

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The part went to Liza Snyder

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#14 For taking a piece of candy from Lorne Michaels’ desk, Marc Maron believed he lost his chance to join the Saturday Night Live cast

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In an interview with the New York Times, he said, “I think I was a little high on pot. A bowl of candy was in front of the pictures that were facing [Mr. Michaels], and some of the pictures were facing him. It was all packed with a lot of meaning.”

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“Then he just starts looking at me, to a point where Steve Higgins [then an SNL producer] goes, ‘Lorne?’ And Lorne continues by saying, “You can tell a lot about someone just by looking into their eyes.” After that, I ate a piece of candy,” he went on to say. He said, “At that point, the meeting was over. Lorne just looked at Steve.” I was afraid that I wouldn’t pass the candy test.

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