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10 Actors Who Refused To Return For Sequels To Acclaimed Films

Nothing was getting this Genie back out of the lamp.

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At a glance, signing on to appear in the follow-up to a publicly adored and financially successful feature seems like a bit of a no-brainer. Who wouldn't want to earn a ton of money for reprising a character you've already brilliantly played and star in a movie which fans clearly want to see?

Well, this lot, apparently.

The promise of guaranteed work going forward simply isn't enough to keep every actor connected to a character or universe. Other variables, such as pay, the quality of the script or whether they actually even want to return to the role, all often come into play when trying to get a star to re-sign on the dotted line.

This is why the likes of Disney now almost always sign their stars to multiple sequels from day one as recasting a role midway through a franchise can often make films feel disjointed and disconnected as time goes by. Not to mention the fact that fans tend to not react well to another actor taking over a role which is synonymous with an iconic performer.

Sure, it would've been awesome to see some of these talented thespians come back for the sequels to some of their greatest hits. But, for one reason or another, these 10 folks were all happy to kiss these franchise continuations goodbye.

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