REGRET: This is the reason Woody Harrelson turned down the Jerry Maguire role that went to Tom Cruise

August 7, 2019

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We all harbor regret over some of the choices we've made but when it comes to career regret, Woody Harrelson may have us all beat.

He was offered the titular role in Jerry Maguire and he turned it down. He said:

“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 shit about an agent’.”

Big mistake. Huge. Because Jerry Maguire would gross $273 million worldwide and launched Renee Zellweger's career. Also, Tom Cruise won a Golden Globe for his performance and was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar and Cuba Gooding, Jr. did take home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell.

And don't forget about the classic line Renee got to say which has become a permanent part of our lexicon -- you complete me.