Top 10 Major Movies Roles That Were Almost Played By Nicolas Cage

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7. Harry Dunne (Dumb and Dumber)

Carrey and Cage had been trying to work together at the time, and Carrey specifically asked for Cage to play the part. 

However, Cage passed to film "Leaving Las Vegas" instead, which did wind up winning him an Academy Award for Best Actor.

6. Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)

When remaking the famous 1971 musical "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," a ton of actors were being considered for the iconic role of the zany chocolatier originally portrayed by Gene Wilder.

Cage was one of the actors in talks to play the role that wound up going to Johnny Depp.

5. Neo (The Matrix )

Cage has mentioned in interviews that he was offered the lead role in "The Matrix" saga, but passed on it simply because he didn't want to go to Australia to film it.

The part went to Keanu Reeves instead, and became is most famous film role.

4. Charlie Chaplin (Chaplin)

The 1992 biographical film "Chaplin" portrays the life of the legendary actor. Nicolas Cage was considered for the titular role, but it was ultimately given to Robert Downey Jr.

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