Actors turn down roles all the time. It comes with the territory. Tom Selleck passed on Indiana Jones. Christopher Walken didn't want to be Han Solo. (Harrison Ford looking very lucky thus far) Jack Nicholson could have been Michael Corleone in The Godfather. For a longer list of these fun facts CLICK HERE
The person who ended up declining a successful project rarely talks about it. It's embarrassing. Especially when the project they did agree to do flops instead. One of these rumors has always been that Will Smith turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix 20 years ago. He's admitted to it in the past, but never really told his side of the story. In the short video above, he details the pitch meeting with The Wachowski Brothers, his reasons for saying no, and the movie he made instead.