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It turns out that movie stars really are just like us. Sure they have billions of dollars, a [much] more expensive car and a [much] bigger house, but they are human. They make mistakes and have regrets about missed opportunities. Especially when it comes to passing on films that have become famous.

This week Ben Stiller admitted at the premiere of his new movie While We’re Young that he turned down the opportunity to direct the ’90s classic Good Will Hunting right after having the success of directing Reality Bites. According to Stiller, “I remember my agent sent me the script for Good Will Hunting to direct and I was like, ‘Who are these guys, Affleck and Damon? And why are they attached to this project? No, thank you!’ I mean, maybe I’d change that. That’s what every time travel movie you’ve ever seen is based on!”

Stiller isn’t the only star who has regretted taking a pass on a famous film. It’s been happening for years. As hard as it is to imagine any other actors and actresses filling these iconic roles, here’s a look back at 12 stars who regrettably passed on accepting a famous and lucrative part.

Here are some other celebrities who turned down major movie roles:


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