A History of Iconic Roles That Famous Actors Turned Down

Sylvester Stallone as T-800 (The Terminator, 1984)

It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Arnold Schwarzenegger playing the Terminator, but the former Governor of California almost wasn’t cast in the role. Reportedly, Sylvester Stallone was originally offered the role. He turned it down, as did Mel Gibson, and the role eventually went to Stallone’s The Expendables co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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