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Tom Cruise Was Offered Roles in These Blockbuster Films But He Turned Them Down!

Tom Cruise is undoubtedly one of the most renowned faces and the greatest talents in the industry – you can tell that by the number of films he had starred and been in. From this jaw-dropping creature’s performance in the coming of age 1983 comedy film “Risky Business” to his heart-pounding portrayal of Lieutenant Pete Mitchell in the 1986 action-packed movie “Top Gun,” we can be sure he can bring his A-game in whatever genre he is offered.

As much as we feel that he’s invincible, one sign of which is that he doesn’t seem to age, he is far from that. He also gets tired because hate to break it to you, but he’s human, just like every one of us.

Despite his stellar acting skills, there are just times when Cruise had to say no to some of the roles that was handed to him because he has so much on his plate. Here, we list some of the many films he refused which will give you a chance to imagine what would the picture be like if it were him who starred in it:

‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’

Brad Pitt eventually played Benjamin Button in the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

The 56-year-old actor was supposed to be Benjamin Button in the 2008 film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, an adaptation of the 1922 short story of F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man born with an unusual condition wherein he was aging in reverse. The role was eventually given to Brad Pitt, who played the part so well he earned recognition for it from award-giving bodies. That said, it was a welcome addition to the long list of credentials of the equally handsome Pitt.

It would have been a game-changing role for Cruise, though, had he accepted the offer. The reason he didn’t was that it was in conflict with his other film, “Knight and Day,” a 2010 action comedy film wherein he starred opposite Cameron Diaz.

‘Iron Man’

Tom Cruise could have been the Iron Man had he not turned down the role

Can you picture Robert Downey Jr. not being Iron Man? Just imagine for a minute or two what the franchise would be like if Cruise became the man behind the red metal suit. Google it and you’ll see loads of Photoshopped pictures of the superhero with Cruise’s face, and that’s because a lot of fans hoped that he had taken the role.

He was actually tied with the Marvel superhero since the 1990s and up until 2004, as per the studio’s official Kevin Feige, when he suddenly lost interest in the project. To be fair, Cruise had been all praises about Downey, who he said was perfect for the part. It would be interesting to see, though, because Cruise has a lot of action and comedy flicks in the past that he might do justice to the character, too.

‘I Am Legend’

“I Am Legend” is a 2007 thriller suspense film about the post-apocalyptic world where humans became nocturnal creatures that hunt for blood.

One of the survivors is Robert Neville, a virologist who was found to be immune. The concept, which was based from a 1954 novel, was actually up in the air since 1994 and a lot of names were already linked with the idea, including Tony Scott, Michael Bay, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Cruise.

For some reason, Cruise rejected the offer, although the part might be a good fit for him. Just imagine him running around the empty town with his dog Sam and fighting off the creatures. Will Smith eventually got the role and earned a couple of awards from his portrayal.


Angelina Jolie played Edwina Salt in the action film “SALT,” but it was supposed to be Tom Cruise

Believe it or not, the lead role in the 2010 action film “SALT” was supposed to be for Cruise, but in the end, Angelina Jolie took on the part. For those who know the film by heart, this might be surprising – apparently, the story revolved around Edwin A. Salt, a male spy, but became Edwina Salt. See what they did there?

Philip Noyce, the director, said in an interview that Cruise had been toying with the idea but the team couldn’t quite get him to finally seal the deal. Nevertheless, Jolie gave us a fresh take on the character. As for “The Mummy” actor, he did “Knight and Day” instead of “SALT,” which some people say was not that memorable.

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