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Jim Carrey
 Roles turned down by Jim Carrey:

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
According to IMDB, Carrey was originally cast as Dr. Evil but had to leave the film because of a scheduling conflict with Liar Liar.

The Aviator
Carrey was originally considered to play Howard Hughes.

Bachelor Party
Was considered for the role of Rick Gassko.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

Back to School
The producers originally wanted Jim Carrey to play Rodney's history professor, but decided against it for they felt he was too young.

Bewitched
Jim Carrey turned down the role of Darrin because of prior commitments.
Actor who got the part: Will Ferrell

Chaplin
Jim Carrey was considered for the role of Charlie Chaplin.
Actor who got the part: Robert Downey Jr.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Carrey was considered to play Willy Wonka.
Actor who got the part: Johnny Depp

Cry-Baby
Jim Carrey was reportedly considered for the role of Cry-Baby.
Actor who got the part: Johnny Depp

The Da Vinci Code
Jim Carrey was reportedly considered to play the role of Silas.

Dumb & Dumber
According to the DVD documentary, Jim Carrey was originally offered the Jeff Daniels part because it had more dialogue and depth. He chose the other role because he felt it had better jokes.
Actor who got the part: Jeff Daniels

Edward Scissorhands
As a struggling actor, Jim Carrey reportedly auditioned more than once for the role of Edward Scissorhands.
Actor who got the part: Johnny Depp

Elf
The screenplay for Elf first emerged in 1993, and at that time, Jim Carrey was reportedly attached to play the lead.
Actor who got the part: Will Ferrell

Encino Man
Jim Carrey was considered for the role of Link.
Actor who got the part: Brendan Fraser

Evan Almighty
Jim Carrey declined to repeat his role from "Bruce Almighty."
Actor who got the part: Steve Carell

Garfield The Movie
Jim Carrey turned down the role of Jon.
Actor who got the part: Breckin Meyer

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Jim Carrey was almost in place to play Zaphod Beeblebrox at the time of author Douglas Adams' death in 2001. It would take another four years to get the project made, with a new script, a new director, and ultimately a new cast.
Actor who got the part: Sam Rockwell

The Jetsons
Jim Carrey was Barry Sonnenfeld's choice for the role of George Jetson when he was considering the project in 1990s.

Joe Somebody
Jim Carrey had a choice of making this movie or the Majestic. He chose the Majestic.
Actor who got the part: Tim Allen

Kingpin
IMDB reports that Jim Carrey was one of the Farrelly brothers' early choices to play a role in Kingpin.

Legend
According to the imdb.com, Jim was considered for the role of Jack.
Actor who got the part: Tom Cruise

The Master of Disguise
The role of Pistacho Disguisey was reportedly originally offered to Jim Carrey.
Actor who got the part: Dana Carvey

Meet the Parents
In an interview with screenwriter Jim Herzfeld, Herzfeld said that Jim Carrey was in talks for the lead role when Speilberg was considering directing.
Actor who got the part: Ben Stiller

Over the Hedge
Jim Carrey was cast as RJ but had to drop out at the last minute.
Actor who got the part: Bruce Willis

Phone Booth
Carrey was reportedly considered for the role of Stu.
Actor who got the part: Colin Farrell

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Was considered for the role of Jack Sparrow.
Actor who got the part: Johnny Depp

Scooby-Doo
This movie had been in development since 1996, at that time Jim Carrey was attached to play Shaggy.
Actor who got the part: Matthew Lilard

Sixteen Candles
Jim Carrey was once considered for the role of the geek.
Actor who got the part: Anthony Michael Hall

Superman Returns
Supposedly considered for the role of Brainiac when Tim Burton was set to direct. The script was later changed and the role was cut.

Toy Story
Pixar originally wanted Jim Carrey to play Buzz Lightyear but couldn't due to their low budget.
Actor who got the part: Tim Allen

Used Guys
The studio pulled the plug for budget reasons on this futuristic comedy set in a world in which women rule and men are bought and traded like used cars.
Actor who got the part: Project Abandoned






Did you know that Jim Carrey was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» Batman Forever
» The Cable Guy
» Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
» How the Grinch Stole Christmas
» Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
» The Majestic
» Man on the Moon






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