Top 10 Actors Who Almost Quit Iconic Roles

Actors and actresses who were so angry and frustrated on set while playing iconic roles that they almost quit the movie completely. WatchMojo presents the our list of Top 10 Actors who came within inches of walking away from their most famous roles forever! But who will take the spot? Tippi Hedren from the Birds, Shelley Duvall, from the Shining, or Jim Carrey from How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Watch to find out!

00:44 #10. Ian McKellen in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012)
01:40 #9. Al Pacino in “The Godfather” (1972)
02:34 #8. Gene Hackman in “The French Connection” (1971)
03:20 #7. Carl Weathers in “Rocky IV” (1985)
04:11 #6. Mike Myers in “Wayne’s World” (1992)
05:10 #5. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in “The Abyss” (1989)
06:05 #4. Daisy Ridley in “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” (2015)
06:52 #3, #2, #1 ???

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  1. Shelley Duvall in The Shining was an iconic role?

    Jack Nickolson and the kid were the ones who stole the movie. Besides, wasn’t Shelley nominated for worst actress in that role?

  2. To some of these actors all I have to say is “Really? Really!”, mainly towards Ian, Daisy, and Emma even though she was an Honorable Mention. Although if I had to take part in “The Order Of The Phoenix”, I would quit immediately; I hate Umbridge and I would not have had a dry eye upon the time for Sirius’ death.

  3. “There may not always be a record of these actors trying to quit, but given these scenarios we certainly wouldn’t have blamed them if they had.”

    AKA 90% of this video is BS scraped up to get more views for the channel.

    • Zac Ritner how dare I? You ever read the books? If so then you know he completely botched the movies, INSULTED ARAGORN’s character. Made Pippin into a joke which he wasn’t, he turned Gandalf into a whimpering baby in the Return of the King, which he was not, Gandalf alone stood up to the Witch King of Angmar at the broken gates of Gondor. I’d slap Jackson in the face for what he did to Tolkien’s work. The Hobbit is even worse. It’s disgusting

    • How dare you insult his movies, he put A LOT of time into those movies. So why are you trashing Peter Jackson for his hard work?

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