The moviemaking industry is one chaotic yet organized mess. Actors come and go depending on the need of the production team—but what would you feel if Legally Blonde did not have Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods? Many believe she was perfect for the role, but she almost didn’t make it because some thought of her as rather too assertive. Others have also declined movie roles out of their own volition for various reasons. Of course, there are legitimate reasons, such as scheduling conflicts, but you will be surprised that those are considered simply outrageous.

For example, one well-known actor declined to play a role because he could not understand the screenplay, no matter what degree of effort he exerted. This is acceptable to some extent because it is tough to play a character you do not understand. However, in other instances, actors were rejected because they no longer looked like the character they were supposed to play. This one is highly controversial because Hollywood has that notorious reputation of casting celebrities for roles that are not in sync with their age. Read on to learn more!

Zendaya Coleman | Aaliyah – Aaliyah: The Princess Of R&B

Beginning her career as a child, Zendaya has enjoyed a long runway as an actress, producer, and singer. She became a contestant in the competition series Dancing with the Stars and also produced and starred as the titular character in K.C. Undercover. Apart from the main roles, she also played supporting characters in movies like The Greatest Showman and Spider-Man: Far from Home.

The actress and singer have proven herself capable of doing more complex roles. That’s why it didn’t come as a surprise when she was selected to play the role of Aaliyah in the biopic Aaliyah: The Princess Of R&B. Unfortunately, netizens were quick to criticize and claimed she could not give justice to the role. She eventually dropped out of the part, with the credit finally given to Alexandra Shipp. The official reason given was that there were some issues with production and music rights, including difficulty reaching out to Aaliyah’s family.