Just kidding about Ben-Hur.
It’s always easy to snicker and pile on in the game of “Look what actor missed which juicy role,” but Chevy Chase really does seem to have turned down some beauties. Like American Beauty, for one. And really, the Tom Hanks role in Forrest Gump?
(In Chevy’s defense, Forrest Gump was 1994 and that year he was busy starring in the classic Cops and Robbersons.)
Still: what other actor can say he turned down both American Gigolo and Alvin and the Chimpmunks?