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Five Actors That Nearly Quit Their Beloved Roles

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Acting can be both rewarding and frustrating at the same time. Having to endure hardships is quite common in filming. Some incidents, however, can be more to handle. They can even lead to some people simply quitting right on the spot. These five actors nearly walked away from their roles.

Al Pacino

Al Pacino will forever be known as Michael Corleone to millions of movie fans. The actor almost didn’t want to take on the popular Godfather role. The studio wanted to replace him with someone else due to early footage. However, director Francis Ford Coppola believed in his abilities. “If it wasn’t for Francis, I would’ve just not showed up one day and said, ‘Hey, look man, I don’t want to be where I’m not wanted,” he told ABC’s Nightline.

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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba’s time on Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer was anything but fantastic. Working with director Tim Story almost caused her to retire from acting. One major incident involved the director asking her to “be prettier” when she cried. “Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough? Do people hate them so much that they don’t want me to be a person? Am I not allowed to be a person in my work?,” she said.

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Michael Myers

The “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene in Wayne’s World is easily one of the most iconic scenes ever. Unfortunately, things might have gone a different way. The producers wanted to drop the song in favor of a Guns N Roses track. Mike Myers almost walked out on the project if the Queen song wasn’t in the movie.

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Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey’s performance on How the Grinch Stole Christmas earned him praise from various critics. The long hours in the makeup chair almost caused the comedian to quit. “I can’t do this any longer, I’m gonna give all the money back. I can’t do it, this is tortuous to me,” Carrey told director Brian Grazer. Since Carrey was specifically chosen for the role by Dr. Seuss’ widow, Grazer wanted him to stay. He actually called a CIA operative to teach Carrey on how to survive torture.

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Ian McKellan

Ian McKellen placed himself in Lord of the Rings history with his portrayal of Gandalf. Unfortunately, he had a rough time performing in front of almost no one. For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he performed in front of a green screen the entire time. “It was so distressing and off-putting and difficult that I thought ‘I don’t want to make this film if this is what I’m going to have to do’. It’s not what I do for a living. I act with other people, I don’t act on my own,” he told The Guardian.

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