20 Actors Who Turned Down Big Roles

John Travolta

1. John Travolta (Forrest Gump)

Forrest Gump was one of the highest grossing movie in 1994. Tom Hanks won the Oscars for his role that year, but he wasn’t the first choice for the role as Forrest Gump. John Travolta was first to receive the offer for this role followed by Bill Murray and Chevy Chase. Travolta admitted that passing on the role in the passing on the slow-witted runner/ping-pong fiml was big mistake.