All the Actors Who Actually Turned Down a Role in Guardians of the Galaxy

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Actors just knew Guardians of the Galaxy was going to be a hit way before the movie premiered in August 2014. In fact, 27 actors and actresses auditioned for roles in the film, which ended up being one of Marvel’s most successful of all time. But while tons of stars tried out to play the iconic Star Lord, Chris Pratt knew it was his role to lose.

“I went in and met the director, James Gunn, and something happened in that room,” the 37-year-old actor told MTV. “He gave me a sense of what he wanted. I, of course, wasn’t able to read a script until essentially after signing up to do the movie. I could tell from what he wanted that it was something I close to what I could give. It started just becoming real. Then it did. I had a screen test for it. Even during the screen test, I was like, ‘Oh, I got this. This is mine. This is mine now.’ I knew going in.”

Even though CP knew he was the perfect person to play the superhero, he had some doubts upon being cast. Like, the doubts were so bad that he actually turned down the freakin’ role at first! Read below to get the details on how he eventually joined the project and find out which other celebs turned down roles in GotG.

1. Chris Pratt, Peter Quill/Star Lord — We know what you’re thinking; ‘Chris Pratt DID play Star Lord!! Are you guys dumb?’ Yes, this is true, but he initially turned the role down. The 37-year-old actor explained to EW, “I was probably scared, and thought I was too fat to play a superhero.” Chris’ fear inspired him to get healthy and he shed about 50 pounds in six months in order to be great physical shape for the filming process.

2. Matthew McConaughey, Villain — This Oscar-winning actor was offered the chance to play the villain in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but decided to pass on the opportunity, even though he was a fan of the film.

Matthew explained, “I like Guardians of the Galaxy, but what I saw was…it’s successful, and now we’ve got room to make a colorful part for another big-name actor. I’d feel like an amendment.”

He instead decided to commit to a role in The Dark Tower, which is set to premiere in August.



3. Olivia Wilde, Gamora — We know that the 33-year-old actress was offered the role of Gamora and that she turned it down, leading to Zoe Saldana casting, but we’re not sure why. Olivia has never discussed her decision to walk away from the film franchise, so perhaps we’ll never know for sure.

4. Jason Momoa, Drax the Destroyer — This Game of Thrones star decided not to take the role in Guardians of the Galaxy because he didn’t want to continue to play the same character over and over again. Here’s what he said about his choice:

“Dave [Bautista] is perfect for that role, for Drax. It didn’t really fit in my time because I’ve done so many things where I don’t say much and I’m colored up and I have my shirt off again. I made a conscious choice to turn down some movies that were action-based to direct Road to Paloma so people could see that side…It’s not that it’s not a good role, it just wasn’t the right thing. I was on Stargate: Atlantis for four years playing a similar character called Ronon, who was an alien who didn’t say much and grunted. I’ve been there and done that, whether people have seen it or not. You want to stretch.”

Fair enough!

These actors, along with Chris Pratt, all initially wanted to turn down their superhero movie role: