A History of Iconic Roles That Famous Actors Turned Down

Sandra Bullock as Maggie (Million Dollar Baby, 2004)

Contrary to popular opinion, Sandra Bullock did not exactly turn down 2004’s Million Dollar Baby, but she still had to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts with Miss Congeniality 2. She explained in 2005: “We had Million Dollar Baby with someone else for a while, trying to get it made. I couldn't get it made. We tried and tried and tried. (They were like) Female boxing movies don't sell. I was like, 'This is the most incredible piece.' I then started doing Miss Congeniality 2 and they got [Hilary Swank] and, they got Clint.” Bullock insisted she isn’t bitter, though, adding, “When things like that happen, that's the way they're supposed to be.” And it all worked out anyway. Swank went on to win an Oscar for her role in Million Dollar Baby, and Bullock eventually won an Oscar in 2009 for her role in The Blind Side.

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