(Not that the film was too edgy for Mirren—in 1979, she co-starred in "Caligula," which she called "an irresistible mix of art and genitals.")Also rejected: The Mariah Carey role in "Precious."Turned down: "The Lost Weekend" (1945)What happened: Although it was a small part—Ray Milland's girlfriend—Hepburn was interested.
But then came the chance to co-star with Spencer Tracy in "Without Love."Also rejected: The role of a school teacher accused of being a lesbian in "The Children's Hour."Turned down: "The Man With the Golden Arm" (1955)What happened: Bacall rejected a low-ball offer but later regretted her decision. Also rejected: What would be Doris Day's breakthrough role, in "Romance on the High Seas." Warner Bros. Turned down: "American Gigolo" (1980)What happened: Christie was set to co-star with Richard Gere but dropped out when he was replaced by John Travolta.
Also rejected: Another iconic role—Sally Bowles in "Cabaret," for which Liza Minnelli won the Academy Award.
Turned down: "High Society" (1956)What happened: Taylor was the first choice for the part of Tracy Lord in this musical version of "The Philadelphia Story." After she declined, Grace Kelly was cast in what would be her final film.
"That system is dying and I'd like to help it along."Also rejected: The role of chief stewardess in "Airport." That too went to Jacqueline Bisset.
Turned down: "Cleopatra" (1963)What happened: After Gardner passed, Elizabeth Taylor signed a record-setting contract for what became the year's No.
En español |A group of British retirees (an all-star cast including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton and Tom Wilkinson) takes off to live in a "restored" luxury hotel in India, only to find themselves pummeled by culture shock, dashed expectations and the cold reality of their own mortality.
The concept of silver-haired characters finding strength in numbers was explored in several films last year — including Dustin Hoffman's Quartet and the French language film All Together (starring Geraldine Chaplin and Jane Fonda).
1 box office hit and, up to that point, the most expensive movie ever made.
Also rejected: The Elizabeth Taylor role in "Giant."Turned down: "Barefoot in the Park" (1967)What happened: Wood, who had done two earlier films with Robert Redford, wanted to take a break to attend UCLA.