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Stars Who Turned Down Iconic Movie Roles

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Jennifer Hudson Passed on 'Precious'

In her book, "I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down," the former "American Idol" contestant confessed she was offered the lead role in Lee Daniels' critically acclaimed 2009 film "Precious," but turned down the part.

"I had [gained weight] with Effie [in 'Dreamgirls']," she wrote. "And as much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight."

The title role went to actress Gabourey Sidibe instead, and her performance earned an Oscar nomination. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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