Actors Who Turned Down Iconic Roles for Flops

Brooke Shields — Sahara instead of Scarface

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In Hollywood, one misstep could end up being the defining moment of a career. Deciding to take on the wrong role could set a talented performer back several years. For Brooke Shields, her most severe miscue was spurning a film called Scarface. A budding star at the time, Shields was offered the role of Elvira in the 1983 crime drama, but decided against taking the job per her mother’s request.

Instead, Shields starred in the adventure film Sahara — which came out the same year as ScarfaceSahara was an unbridled disaster which saw a delayed release reportedly due to poor reviews at initial screenings. Michelle Pfeiffer went on to play Elvira and launched her career into superstardom. Shields took a break from acting shortly after and never seemed to live up to her potential.