The bizarre reasons why actors turned down roles

Henry Winkler reveals why he turned down John Travolta's 'Grease' role: "I should've just shut up"

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16/11/22 | StarsInsider

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It is true that many actors have turned down roles in successful movies. Indeed, many had legitimate reasons to turn down the parts, such as other work commitments and conflicting schedules, to name a few. Though other actors did turn down roles for somewhat bizarre reasons. Did you know, for instance, that Liam Neeson refused to play James Bond because, if he did, his fiancée would not marry him? Yup!

Henry Winkler revealed in a recent interview with CNN's Chris Wallace that he still regrets missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime: playing the lead role of Danny Zuko in 1978's musical film 'Grease.' Winkler said the role—which helped cement John Travolta as a Hollywood star—made him worry about being "typecast" as he felt the character was too close to that of his 'Happy Days' character, Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, which he played from 1974-1984. At the time, Winkler thought, "'I've played the Fonz, I don't wanna do it again ... it has already happened. I'm already typecast.'"

When Winkler recalled that he was offered the role of Danny Zuko, Wallace asked his guest, "Are you a damn fool?" and Winker replied, "Yes. I am."

The actor added, "I should've just shut up and had a really good time making that movie. Now, I go home, I say no, and I have a Diet Coke. John Travolta goes home, and has done the movie, and buys a plane." To be fair, 'Grease' casting director Joel Thurm told People that while Winkler was considered, he was never officially offered the role, and Paramount Pictures only agreed to distribute the film due to Travolta's casting anyway.

In this gallery, you'll find many other examples of actors who turned down roles for the most bizarre reasons. Click on!

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