Jennifer Lawrence could’ve been a Disney star, but when it came to her audition, Lawrence just said “nah.”
The Hunger Games star told Britain’s Stella magazine that, as a child actress, she was called to audition for a Disney TV show. She never made it past the audition; however, because she told producers she wasn’t right for the program.
"(In one audition I was) asked if I could sing, and I was like, 'No. To be honest I don't think I'm a Disney kind of kid.'”
Retrospectively, the career move might have been a good one, but Jennifer’s parents weren’t seeing that at the time.
"When my parents picked me up they yelled at me so badly. They were spending a lot of money giving me the chance to do this - and I had the potential to be on a television show that would obviously pay for everything and I was like, 'Nah'."
Jennifer’s not the only celebrity to say no to Disney. R&B singer Jojo passed up on a Disney role that eventually went to Miley Cyrus: ‘Hannah Montana’
“No regrets. No regrets at all,” JoJo told Extra. “Yeah, they [Disney] offered me the role…[But] it’s not really what I see for myself.”
Selena Gomez, who got her start on the ‘Wizards of Waverly Place,’ decided to say “no” to the Disney Channel Original Movie, Camp Rock.
According to Selena’s E! special, Gomez wasn’t ready to start her music career just yet and instead wanted to focus on becoming a more popular, not just Disney actress. The Camp Rock role eventually went to Demi Lovato.
According to Wikipedia, the role of Jafar in Disney’s Aladdin was originally going to be voiced by Patrick Stewart. But Stewart turned down the role, reportedly due to scheduling conflicts.
Billy Crystal was originally offered the role of Buzz Lightyear in Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story, but he turned it down. After seeing the finished movie, Billy said it was the biggest mistake of his career.