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15Will Smith was offered the role of Superman

Intriguingly, Will Smith claims that he was offered the lead role in Superman Returns. 

When Superman Returns got the green light from Warner Bros. Pictures, there was a lot of debate over who should play the Man of Steel.

The shoes of Christopher Reeve, who so memorably portrayed the character in the original series of movies, were hard to fill. Of course, Nicolas Cage was cast by director

Tim Burton for a Superman movie that never came to fruition. That meant another search was needed.

He told MTV that he also turned the role down for a very specific reason. "I had already done Jim West [the character from his flop Wild Wild West], and you can't be messing up white people's heroes in Hollywood," he said. "You mess up white people's heroes in Hollywood, you'll never work in this town again!"

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