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Stars Who Turned Down Iconic Movie Roles

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Nicolas Cage Passed on 'Lord of the Rings'

In an interview with Newsweek, actor Nic Cage revealed that he was offered the role of Aragorn in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, but turned the part down.

"There were different things going on in my life at the time that precluded me from being able to travel and be away from home for three years," Cage told Newsweek, adding that not being in the trilogy has allowed him to enjoy it as a fan, since he doesn't watch his own movies.

The role of Aragorn eventually went to actor Viggo Mortensen. Cage also famously rejected the lead role of Neo in "The Matrix" series. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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