This article originally appeared on eightieskids.com

Once you’re a big star in Hollywood, they say you’ve got your pick of all the great roles. Unfortunately, history has proven that even the biggest stars sometimes have a little trouble predicting what’s going to be a hit and what’s going to be a flop.

Here are just some examples of actors turning down really great movies, and opting instead to do films they definitely came to regret.

20. Will Smith turned down The Matrix for Wild Wild West

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Before Keanu Reeves was cast as Thomas Anderson/Neo in the Wachowskis’ groundbreaking 1999 sci-fi action smash The Matrix, a number of other big-name stars were considered for the role. These included Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, Val Kilmer, Sandra Bullock (yes, really) and a certain Will Smith, who passed on the role to instead make blockbuster misfire Wild Wild West.

Smith has long since admitted that turning down Neo to play Jim West was one of his biggest career mistakes, but he has also said that he wouldn’t have done as good a job in the role as Keanu Reeves did.

19. Sylvester Stallone turned down Romancing the Stone for Rhinestone

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In the early 80s, Sylvester Stallone was at the height of his fame when he was offered the role of Jack T. Colton in the romantic comedy-adventure Romancing the Stone. Instead, the Italian Stallion chose to make musical comedy Rhinestone with Dolly Parton. This, Stallone has since confessed, was a very bad decision, as Rhinestone bombed at the 1984 box office, whilst Romancing the Stone was a smash with Michael Douglas playing Colton opposite Kathleen Turner.

Rhinestone proved to be an embarrassing blip on Stallone’s early 80s resume. However, he bounced back in a big way in 1985, with back-to-back blockbusters in Rocky IV and Rambo: First Blood Part II.

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