There are times when actors openly talk about the prominent roles they declined and the regret they felt after the movies they passed on eventually tasted huge success and made large sums of money. The same thing happened to Walter Bruce Willis, who scoffed at one of the successful classic films at the box office, before realizing how foolish he had been. 

Imagine a scenario where Reese Witherspoon didn’t portray Elle Woods in Legally Blonde or where Leonardo DiCaprio starred in some popular drama instead of Titanic. It would definitely cause a huge blunder.

Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis, the legend

And his rejected film was eventually dropped into Denzel Washington’s arms.

Bruce Willis was close to taking the lead role in Washington’s most well-known movie, which also did well at the box office. We are talking about the movie where Washington played the lead and is known as his favorite. This role was first offered to Willis when he was still a dependable box office draw. 

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The actor has really forfeited the chance to play the lead that brought in more than $100 million at the box office by declining the project. 

Which Denzel Washington movie did Bruce Willis reject?

Even though Bruce Willis‘ instincts frequently seemed to be on point on several occasions, he was not exempt from making mistakes. 

Willis’ own financial mismanagement would undoubtedly have been a major issue for him, but it wouldn’t affect the average moviegoer. However, some of the other dubious choices that Willis made had a bad impact on his huge fan following. Well, all this buzz has been generated for the movie Training Day.

Willis wouldn’t have been concerned when he had previously turned down Training Day because he might not have been aware of its success and capabilities at that time. Perhaps he might be thinking, “King Kong ain’t got nothing on me.”

Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis

But what will you feel when you see the positive response it received after the release? First of all, it must be upsetting to watch a fellow actor receive years of praise for a part that was available to you first. And then, the icing on the cake in this situation? For his part in Training Day, Washington reportedly received an additional $12 million.

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Which other films did the Die Hard actor regret passing on?

Many different people have interviewed Bruce Willis over the course of his extensive career. However, it is noteworthy when an actor like him responded to fan questions in the same way he did in 2007. During a fan Q&A for Ain’t It Cool News, Willis fielded many interesting questions. But one could also make the case that the most intriguing questions were about the roles he now regrets passing up at that point in his career.

The Oscar-winning movie Ghost was one of the films that Willis later admitted he regretted not working on.

“I wish I had not turned down the part that Patrick Swayze eventually played in Ghost. I simply could not see how a romance between a ghost and a living person would work. Duh… Also, it would have been nice to have worked with Demi again. I liked that Film.”

Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis

The Die Hard 2 actor continued by discussing his decision to decline the chance to play the evil character that Andy Garcia created for the popular movie Ocean’s Eleven. It comes as no surprise that there are rumors that Willis turned down a number of high-profile films, including Man on Fire and Get Shorty. It’s particularly intriguing to discover that he turned down the role of Man on Fire because that film ultimately starred Denzel Washington.

Some personal tiff, we believe?

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Source- The Things

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