10 Actors Insulted By Movie Roles They Were Offered

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Seeing how cutthroat the film industry can be, it stands to reason that an actor or actress would be absolutely thrilled to be offered any role, but that's not always the case. Actors are people too, after all, and like everyone else, they can be offended, insulted or pissed off as much as the rest of us.

That being said, there aren't many stories of actors actually turning down a role because they felt insulted just through being offered it, but it does happen. This doesn't include people like Sean Connery, who famously turned down the part of Gandalf since his reason was not understanding the character.

For this list, only those actors who were offered a part in a movie that made them feel absolutely insulted can make the cut.

These good men and women of Hollywood have put in their time, they have paid their dues, and there is no reason they should simply take a role because it's available to them... at least, not when that role is little more than a middle finger pointed directly at them.

The actors and actresses who make up this small community are likely only a small vocal minority. Odds are, there have been hundreds, if not thousands of other examples nobody ever spoke about before.

10. Loren Anthony Knew His People Were Better Than The Ridiculous Six

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Hollywood has a rather sordid history when it comes to depicting minority groups.

From casting people of a different race to straight-up using blackface, the movie industry has some black sheep in its past. Fortunately, these trends are coming to an end, but that doesn't mean some films aren't still plagued by these problems.

For Loren Anthony, a member of the Navajo Tribe who works as an actor and cultural adviser, this wasn't any clearer than the time he arrived on the set of Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous Six.

When he was first offered the role, he was reticent to take it fearing a racist undertone... and he wasn't wrong.

"I was asked a long time ago to do some work on this and I wasn't down for it. Then they told me it was going to be a comedy, but it would not be racist. So, I agreed to it but, on Monday, things started getting weird on the set.
We were supposed to be Apache, but it was really stereotypical and we did not look Apache at all. We looked more like Comanche. One thing that really offended a lot of people was that there was a female character called Beaver's breath. One character says 'Hey, Beaver's Breath.' And the Native woman says, 'How did you know my name?"

Disgusted by their intended portrayal, Anthony and 11 other Native Americans walked off the set.


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