18. Christian Bale (Batman Begins)
Sticking with Batman, Christian Bale nearly bailed on playing the Caped Crusader in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy. In fact, the actor panicked every time he put on the claustrophobic Batsuit. As a result, at one point he felt that he’d have to quit the franchise entirely. However, after giving himself a pep talk Bale overcame his fears and subsequently played Batman in two further films.
17. Heath Ledger (A Knight’s Tale)
A Knight’s Tale was the film that put Heath Ledger onto the A-list. Nevertheless, its use of a Queen anthem nearly caused him to turn down the project. The Australian was initially skeptical about combining a medieval storyline with classic rock songs such as “We Will Rock You.” However, he soon got on board with the idea and the rest is history.
16. Bruce Willis (Die Hard)
Bruce Willis was forced to initially turn down the role of John McClane in the iconic thriller, Die Hard, due to his commitments on hit TV show Moonlighting. However, when co-star Cybill Shepherd fell pregnant, producers gave him nearly three months off to do his very own bit of moonlighting. Of course, the part transformed Willis into one of his generation’s ultimate action heroes.