Award-winning roles that got away
Sam Worthington and Matt Damon
Matt Damon was director James Cameron's first choice for the lead role in the awards show favorite "Avatar." Damon turned down the part and Sam Worthington was cast instead, but Damon is still upset about the decision. "When he said, 'Look, I'm offering it to you, but if you say no, the movie doesn't need you,' I remember thinking, 'Oh God, not only do I have to say no because of scheduling, but he's going to make a star out of some guy who's going to start taking jobs from me later.'" Damon also turned down the role that went to Josh Brolin in "Milk."