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Irrfan Khan had to turn down Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Nolan for Hollywood films

April 29th, 2020 | by vBollywood Author
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Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Nolan and Ridley Scott have been turned down by Irrfan Khan.

Irrfan Khan, easily India’s biggest export to Hollywood, has films such as The Namesake, Life of Pi, Inferno, The Amazing Spider-Man and Jurassic World, just to name a few, to his credit. Collectively, Irrfan’s films have grossed a staggering $3.6 billion worldwide, as of 2017.

Irrfan had said ‘no’ to Steven Spielberg, for a secret project that could have been Robopocalypse. Irrfan was supposed to appear in the film with Scarlett Johansson. “I didn’t feel the character offered to me gave me much scope. So I said ‘No’; though Scarlett Johansson is an actor I would have loved to share screen space with,” he said in an interview to NDTV.

Irrfan Khan had expressed regret at turning down Christopher Nolan, who wanted him for a role in his 2016 science-fiction film Interstellar. Irrfan spoke about the role to TOI: “They expected a huge commitment from my end. I had to stay in the US for four months at a stretch. I tried to work out my schedule and suggested if I could shuttle between India and the US as it wouldn’t have been possible for me to be there for that long. I wanted to be here for The Lunchbox and D-Day. They couldn’t allow that. I don’t have a tendency to regret what I do, but knowing it’s a Christopher Nolan film, I can say that this has been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve made”.

Interstellar starred Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and others. The upcoming film went on to make over $650 million worldwide. Nolan’s upcoming film, Tenet, was also filmed in India, and stars local actors Dimple Kapadia and Denzil Smith, among others.

But Nolan and Spielberg and Ridley Scott had offered a role to the actor. “I was hoping to do The Martian and Piku but the schedule did not permit. I hope to work with Ridley Scott again. It was a second miss as I was earlier supposed to work with him in Body of Lies but that also did not work out,” Irrfan told India Today. While the role offered to him in The Martian ended up going to Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mark Strong filled the position in Body of Lies, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe in lead roles.

Irrfan Khan was suffering from a rare kind of cancer, and undergoing treatment in New York. He passed away and the cinema world will never be the same without the legend.

Photo courtesy: www.hollywoodreporter.com

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