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10 Actors Who Turned Down Iconic TV Roles For Stupid Reasons

Amazing role or fishing trip? Decisions, decisions...

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Once you've seen an actor in a role, it's incredibly difficult to picture anyone else in their shoes. Tom Cruise and Timothy Olyphant were early considerations to play Tony Stark in the MCU, but trying to see anyone other than Robert Downey Jr in the role is impossible. Tom Selleck was eyed to play Indiana Jones, but the adventurous archaeologist will forever be Harrison Ford.

TV is no different from the movies. Silver screen icons such as Walter White, Tony Soprano, Frasier Crane and Rick Grimes are all immeasurably popular because of the actors working tirelessly to bring them to life.

But as with movies, the actors behind the characters were not always the clear choice. Before the likes of Bryan Cranston and Kelsey Grammar came along and cemented themselves as TV royalty, many other actors were eyed for their roles.

The following list is concerned with the actors who were offered big, iconic TV roles, but turned them down for the most insane reasons. Some are crazy from the outset, whilst others are arguably only stupid in hindsight, but whatever the case, there's sure to be some regret amongst the following stars.

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