A History of Iconic Roles That Famous Actors Turned Down

Burt Reynolds as John McClane (Die Hard, 1988)

It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Bruce Willis headlining the Die Hard franchise now, but back in the late’80s before production of the first film, Willis wasn’t at the top of the list to portray lead character John McClane. Burt Reynolds, however, was; Willis received the role after Reynolds turned it down.

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