Daniel Radcliffe says he almost turned down the biggest role of his life, playing Harry Potter. Imagine if he had turned down the job and was now doing community theater or made-for-television movies in Britain shaking his fist at the TV every time HBO replays one of the Harry Potter films and wondering what could have been? Well good thing that didn’t happen.
Radcliffe was 11 when the entire franchise started and says his parents almost didn’t let him audition when the initial offer for the film stated that he must star in all six film that were all to be filmed in Los Angeles.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Radcliffe remembers, "my mum and dad simply said, 'That's too much disruption to his life. That's not gonna happen.' I didn't know any of that had gone on." Radcliffe went on to add "And then, maybe three, four months down the line, the deal had changed, and it was gonna be to shoot two films, and they'd both be done in England, and so they said, "Okay, we'll let him audition." And then it all went from there, really."
Thankfully Radcliffe’s parents said yes to what became the greatest payday of his life.
Other actors who almost lost out to roles of a lifetime include Sir Ian McKellen who was THIS close to not playing Gandalf in Lord of The Rings.
After Mckellen signed on to play the part of Gandalf, the shooting schedule conflicted with his other role, playing Magneto in “X-Men.” Thankfully an executive at New Line Cinema wanted the actor so badly that they changed around the shooting schedule so McKellen could finish his role as Magneto. I’m sorry, but the X-Men franchise should never come before Lord of The Rings. Justin sayin.
January Jones almost turned down the role of Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class when she heard that it took place in the same time period as her TV show Mad Men. She told the LA Times, “When I heard that this installment of X-Men was going to take place in the 60’s I was like, ‘Oh my God, you must be kidding me!”
That’s so diva. Does she have a clause in her contracts that says that she won’t do any movies that cover the time period of 1964-1970, because she’s “been there, done that”? I guess she’s just super over pin curls and girdles.
Keira Knightly is starring in the upcoming film, “A Dangerous Method” but says she almost turned down the role because the movie included a spanking scene, and Keira Knightly is an upstanding British lady and was not about to get on her hands and knees.
“I read those two scenes and just went: ‘I don’t think that I can do that,’ particularly because it’s the age of the internet; it’s gonna be everywhere….and then I thought, ‘well, as long as it’s not some, sort of, weird sexy spanking thing.’”