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. Dana Delaney – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Dana Delaney

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Today, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Sarah Jessica Parker chronicling the struggles of single women with her iconic role on HBO’s long-running Sex and the City. But the part was actually originally offered to Desperate Housewives star Dana Delaney. In 2011, she told the Daily Mail that she turned down the role because she “didn’t want to be in a show about sex.” Though the show was widely successful and ultimately turned Jessica Parker into a worldwide star, Delany maintains that she has “no regrets.”