A History of Iconic Roles That Famous Actors Turned Down

Johnny Depp as Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986)

Matthew Broderick is a legend in John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but things could have turned out a lot differently if Johnny Depp, who was originally offered the part, had accepted before Broderick was cast. During an interview on Inside the Actors Studio, Depp explained that he was offered the part as Ferris, but couldn’t accept due to scheduling conflicts. Ever the good sport—also because he’s really famous regardless—Depp commented that Broderick did a “great job” with the role.

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