Brad Pitt, the celebrated Hollywood actor, has turned down several roles over the years, including one which brought a director to tears.
Pitt, who became famous in the 1990s after starring in Thelma & Louise, was given his big break in the movie industry when he was cast as the thieving hitchhiker in the film.
Since then, he has had numerous offers for high-profile roles, some of which he has turned down due to other commitments or issues with the script.
In 2002, Pitt was close to accepting the lead role of Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity, but had to decline the offer due to his commitment to Spy Game with Robert Redford.
The role eventually went to Matt Damon, and the Bourne series became a high-grossing franchise.
Another significant part that Pitt turned down was for Martin Scorsese’s 2006 crime drama, The Departed.
He and Tom Cruise were originally supposed to portray Colin Sullivan and Billy Costigan in the film, but Leonardo DiCaprio took over when Cruise dropped out, and Pitt thought someone younger should be in his role.
“Once Scorsese became involved, I thought it would be better if they were younger guys that were just starting their lives, guys coming out of the academy, guys who were hungry,” Pitt told Interview.
“I thought I was too old for it.” Pitt remained on the film as a producer, and Damon took over his part.
Pitt was also offered the role of guitarist Russell Hammond in the 2000 film Almost Famous, but he passed on it due to the character being underdeveloped during talks and his focus on another film.
Director Cameron Crowe had initially believed that Pitt would be perfect for the role.
“Brad Pitt was on my mind because I had a really good meeting with him around the time of Say Anything, and he was just starting out, and he just really had something,” Crowe told Radio.com.
Crowe revealed that the actor even performed a scene with actress Natalie Portman, who was being considered for a role that ultimately went to Kate Hudson.
When Pitt officially turned down the role, Crowe became emotional.
“I wept,” the Jerry Maguire director revealed, according to Radio.com.
“I knew that he had never fully fallen in love with the character.
“He had fallen in love with the idea of the character.
“But maybe there just wasn’t enough on the page.” The part of Russell Hammond went to Billy Crudup.
One director was brought to tears when Pitt declined a role in his film, but it is unclear which movie this was.
Pitt revealed that he had turned down several parts over the years, but did not specify which ones.
“I’ve passed on things that later I regretted, but I had to stick to my guns,” he said.
“I think the most important thing I’ve learned is to not be afraid to fail.
“I failed a lot, and it’s made me who I am.
“It’s given me a more complete vision of the world.”
Pitt’s rise to fame began with Thelma & Louise, where he was given the part of the thieving hitchhiker after actor Billy Baldwin dropped out of the film.
Actress Geena Davis lobbied for Pitt to take on the role, which eventually became his ticket to fame.
“That certainly was a precursor to where we are now, today,” Pitt told Leonard Maltin at the 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January, according to Collider.
“I’m really grateful to [director] Ridley Scott and Geena Davis, who gave me that shot because that was the big league.”
Pitt revealed that he did not have any credits to his name when he was given the part.
“I had nothing to show for myself, except for my extra work, and they took a chance on me,” Pitt shared.
“The weird thing was that it had gone through a few actors, and they were already shooting.
“I think they were desperate, to tell you the truth.
“They were already shooting ‘cause a week later, I was on set, working.”
Pitt recently won his first Oscar for his role in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
He has had to turn down numerous roles over the years, including that of Jason Bourne and Russell Hammond, due to other commitments or issues with the script.