Don’t feel sad about certain life decisions because even the biggest stars have choices that they regret up until now, which somehow can make us feel good even for a tiny bit. Eddie Murphy, for example, has an impressively long film credit, but he, too, has things he wishes he had done in the past.
Perhaps you have turned down a big job promotion in the past because you have lots of things on your plate, you simply can’t take the responsibility, or you are afraid to embark on this new chapter, but you now see the person who had taken on that role flourishing and his career more successful than ever – you get the picture.
For the comedian, he also suffered the same thing, except that his regret involved a big movie. Eddie shared with Jimmy Fallon when he guested at his show that the film was the 1988 animated picture Who Framed Roger Rabbit, wherein he was supposed to play Bob Hoskins’ character Eddie Valiant.
At the time, he thought that joining the cast for a live-animated film wouldn’t be big because it sounded ridiculous to him. However, now, the 58-year-old is singing a different tune as he said he feels bad for turning it down whenever he sees the film.
The Nutty Professor star also shared that he rejected another film, Ghostbusters, even though scriptwriters Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wanted him to be a part of the fantasy movie. However, unlike his notion about Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Eddie had to turn down the iconic supernatural comedy film starred by Bill Murray because he already had a prior commitment.
Other Stars Who Rejected Roles
Apparently, it was around the same time Eddie was doing Beverly Hills Cop, an action-comedy about a police officer investigating a murder.
While Eddie may have let two good films slip away from his grip, he is not the first to have done so. Highly acclaimed actor Leonardo DiCaprio once shared that he wished he would have played the part Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights – but, if he had done so, he wouldn’t have gotten the role of Jack in the romance-disaster movie Titanic.
Lindsay Lohan also rejected the role of Jade in The Hangover. Apparently, she didn’t see any potential for the part when she saw the script – but of course, Heather Graham took on the role and the movie spawn a few more installments.