Regrets? The actors who turned down roles in successful movies

'The Devil Wears Prada' director revealed Rachel McAdams turned down the lead role three times

Stars Insider

09/02/22 | StarsInsider

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'The Devil Wears Prada' has had an unexpectedly long-lasting impact on audiences, one which clearly wasn't apparent to the actresses who were first sought out for the lead role of Andy Sachs, ultimately played by Anne Hathaway. Ahead of the film's 15th anniversary, director David Frankel revealed that 'The Notebook' star Rachel McAdams turned down the role three times! 

“The studio was determined to have her, and she was determined not to do it,” David Frankel told Entertainment Weekly of McAdams’ reluctance. The film’s studio, Fox 2000, had reportedly wanted an “established dramatic actress over Hathaway and her then teen-oriented filmography,” and some of the other actresses preferred over Hathaway included Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, and Kirsten Dunst. Hathaway has previously said she was the ninth choice to star in the film, but she never stopped campaigning for the role. 

Whether it's because they didn't like their co-stars, the pay, the script, or they were already filming another movie, many stars ended up turning down roles in what went on to become box-office hits.

Click on to see which celebrities refused roles in hit movies.

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