Woody Harrelson nearly played sports agent Jerry Maguire in the eponymous film but turned it down for a misinformed reason.
“I was offered—what’s the ‘show me the money’ movie? ‘Jerry Maguire?’ I was offered ‘Jerry Maguire,’ and I said to Jim [James L. Brooks, one of the film’s producers], ‘Nobody is going to give a s–t about an agent,” he recalled to Esquire for its September issue.
The titular role ultimately went to Tom Cruise, who took home a Golden Globe and was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. Co-star Cuba Gooding Jr. took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Rod Tidwell, an NFL player working with Maguire to nail a huge contract.
Harrelson, 58, also nearly turned down “Zombieland,” his 2009 hit comedy co-starring Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone.
“My agent sent me the script, and I said, ‘Zombies, dude? Really? Has it come to this?’ And he said, ‘Will you please just read it?’ Finally, I did, and…