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Actors Who Turned Down Iconic Roles

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Will Smith
> Role: Neo
> Movie: “The Matrix” (1999)
> Portrayed by: Keanu Reeves

We associate Keanu Reeves with the runaway hit “The Matrix,” but along with Brad Pitt, another actor considered for the part, Will Smith was offered the role of Neo in the 1999 blockbuster film. Smith admits turning down the role of Neo for the film “Wild Wild West” was a decision he regretted.

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