A History of Iconic Roles That Famous Actors Turned Down

Michelle Pfeiffer as Clarice (Silence of the Lambs, 1991)

Jodie Foster was iconic as Clarice in 1991’s Silence of the Lambs, but she wasn’t director Jonathan Demme’ ideal actress. Reportedly, Demme wanted Michelle Pfeiffer to take on the part, but she turned it down due to the film’s high violence content. Probably something to do with the fact that the lead antagonist likes to eat people, or something.


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