14 Actors Who Turned Down Iconic Roles

Part of being an actor is determining which roles are right for you at various points in your career, but even some longtime Hollywood vets, like Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp, can’t get it right every time. Here are 14 stars who turned down now-iconic TV and film roles.

1. Johnny Depp – Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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Though it may be hard to imagine the eccentric Depp in the ’80s classic coming-of-age film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, he was originally offered the lead role. He had to decline because the scheduling conflicted with other projects, and Matthew Broderick eventually took the part. While it would have been interesting to see Depp put his own spin on the part, Broderick definitely did the role justice — his portrayal of Bueller helped make the movie as significant to pop culture as it now is.