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. Matthew Broderick – Walter White, Breaking Bad

Matthew Broderick

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The character of Walter White will go down in television history as one of the most acclaimed and notable parts on the small screen, thanks mostly to Bryan Cranston’s masterful portrayal. But believe it or not, Matthew Broderick was also considered for the role. Though the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, wanted Cranston from the start, the other producers apparently weren’t convinced, having only seen Cranston playing the dad on Malcolm in the Middle. Eventually, they came around, which is definitely a good thing — the actor’s portrayal helped make Breaking Bad one of the most followed and acclaimed shows on TV and earned him four Emmys for Outstanding Drama Actor.