Matthew McConaughey is another A-lister that Marvel has tried to recruit into their franchises for years. Most recently, he was offered a role in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2’ to play a villain, but turned it down.
Apparently, the actor didn’t like that he felt as though he was only being offered the role due to the franchise’s success and the fact that they thought they needed to add another big name to the roster. But hey, everything worked out in the end and the ‘Guardians’ movies are doing just fine without him. Plus, he’s got all of those sexy car commercials keeping him busy, anyways.
Bryan Cranston in Star Wars
Okay, now here is something that would be pretty epic to see – Bryan Cranston playing the role of one of the mutants in 'X-Men: First Class'. After Cranston’s starring role in 'Breaking Bad', he had offers coming at him left and right. Unfortunately, the actor turned down the chance to be one of Professor X’s adversaries.
The role of Nazi scientist mutant Sebastian Shaw went to Kevin Bacon after Cranston turned it down to work on 'Drive'. Bacon did the role justice and continued to play it through the next film, 'X-Men First Class: The High Hand' and 'X-Men: Apocalypse' via archive footage.
Joseph Gordon Levitt: Sky Lord
Chris Pratt plays the role of Peter Quill flawlessly in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. It’s hard to even imagine what the films would be like without him, but imagining it wouldn’t be necessary had the role gone to the producer’s first choice – Joseph Gordon Levitt. The 'Snowden' star and Hit Record entrepreneur would have done amazing, too, no doubt, but he had something else going on at the time.
JGL was busy filming 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' when he was offered the part, so producers called Pratt. However, Pratt didn’t accept the role on the first offer, either. Luckily, he gave it some thought and graced the screens as the Star Lord.
Mel Gibson as Odin
Can you imagine Braveheart being Thor’s father? That’s almost what happened, thanks to Mel Gibson being offered the supporting role in the hit movie. So, what went down that derailed Gibson from playing the part? Well, he never explained why he didn’t do it, just that he “didn’t do it.” Thank you for that ultra-satisfying elaboration, Mr. Gibson!
Anthony Hopkins wound up taking on the role of the King of Asgard and doing a terrific job with it. Sure, it would have turned out a bit differently had Mel accepted, but they’re both amazing actors, so nobody lost in this situation.
Olivia Wilde as Gamora
'Guardians of the Galaxy' was almost an entirely different film than the one we all know and love. Joseph Gordon Levitt almost played Star Lord, Matthew McConaughey almost joined the cast and Olivia Wilde was first choice to play Gamora. After kicking butt in her roles in 'Tron: Legacy' and 'Alpha Dog', it’s no wonder she was invited to play the tough heroine.
But alas, Wilde turned down the role, clearing the way for Zoe Saldana to come in and make the part her own. It may have taken Marvel a few rejections to get the 'Guardians' cast, but at least they ended up with the perfect actors and actresses. After all, can you picture anyone else playing the feisty, green-faced alien?