Not Starring: 15 More Iconic Roles Turned Down by Celebs

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Dorothy Dandridge in The King and I

The songbird was pursued for the role of Tuptim in this 1956 classic, but turned it down on the advice of Otto Preminger, her director from Carmen Jones, who dissuaded her from accepting a supporting role. Her biopic, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, also suggests she passed because the character was a slave.

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