15. Alan Rickman (Die Hard)
Die Hard could also have had a different villain if Alan Rickman had followed his gut instinct. The celebrated actor, who’d spent most of his early career on the stage, initially balked at the idea of appearing in an action movie. Thankfully, once he realized how witty the script was, he threw himself into the role of evil mastermind Hans Gruber.
14. Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
Ferris Bueller was the teenager every ’80s kid wanted to be – well, apart from the guy who actually played him. Matthew Broderick had major doubts about taking on another character who talks directly to the camera, having just done so in Ladyhawke. Nevertheless, his wise agent believed that it was the role of a lifetime and Broderick wisely listened.