The part went to Al Pacino, and became one of the best performances in movie history.Who: John Travolta Role: Forrest Gump Movie: "Forrest Gump" In 1994, "Forrest Gump" became the highest grossing movie in North America, and Tom Hanks nabbed the Oscar for his portrayal of the unique character that year.

The actress claims to have had turned it down because she'd previously done other projects—including one with Kim Cattrall called "Live Nude" girls—whose focus were also on sex.

Sidenote: Delaney also passed on the role of Bree van de Kamp on "Desperate Housewives." Consideiring her recent ABC show "Body of Proof" got the axe, we say both passes were big misstakes.

Let us be the first to break the news, Bette: The character isn't Who: Lindsay Lohan Role: Stripper Movie: "The Hangover" Lohan declined the stripper role in the 2009 that went to Heather Graham, because she felt she was too young at the time.

"People love to attack her for everything, like: "Ha, she didn't see how great The Hangover was going to be. It really was an age thing." Lindsay was 20 when casting began for the movie, and Heather was 37.

She turned it down." the directr, Todd Phillips School director told THR. Who: Emily Browning Role: Bella Swan Movie: "Twilight" This Australian actress—best known for her role in "Sucker Punch"— reportedly flat-out refused to even audition for the role of Bella in the mega-successful "Twilight" franchise. Who: Sandra Bernhard Role: Miranda Hobbes Show: "Sex and the City" Comedian and actress Bernhard was offered the role of cynical lawyer Miranda Hobbes on the HBO show but told Howard Stern she passed due to the "terrible" script and low paycheck.

Who: Jim Carrey Role: Edward Scissorhands Movie: "Edward Scissorhands" After becoming fairly well-known as a player in "In Living Color," Carrey started being considred for some major movie roles, including the title role in "Edward Scissorhands." According to Splitsider, Carrey lacked experience as a dramatic actor during this period, so his turn as Scissorhands would have likely been more comedic than Depp's and could have jeopardized the project. The outspoken star also told Stern she wasn't thrilled at the prospect of working alongside Sarah Jessica Parker.That said, we compiled a list of celebrities who did just that — turned down star-making famous parts in classic movies and acclaimed TV shows.Who: Dana Delaney Role: Carrie Bradshaw Show: "Sex and The City." It's hard to imagine anyone but Sarah Jessica Parker playing the iconic role of Carrie Bradshaw, but Delaney was actually creator Darren Star's first choice."[I would have had] to play third or fourth fiddle to [Parker] and put up with her s--t."It would have been hideous to work with her." We think it worked out well, with Cynthia Nixon playing the part of Miranda flawlessly.Who: Johnny Depp Role: Ferris Bueller Movie: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" It's hard to picture the brooding actor as scheming slacker Ferris Bueller, but Depp was reportedly was offered the role in John Hughes' '80s classic before Matthew Broderick.The moral of the story: Risk-taking as an actor Who: Jack Nicholson Role: Michael Corleone Movie: "The Godfather" While casting the now-classic mafia film in 1972, Paramount reportedly thought the project was a risky venture and wanted an established star to play the lead.