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Simon Pegg: ‘Inglourious Basterds’

‘Shaun of the Dead’ star Pegg was poised to British spy Archie Hickox in Quentin Tarantino’s history-rewriting WW2 movie, but pulled out to play Mr Scott in JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek.’ Pegg has called it the hardest decision of his career; Michael Fassbender ultimately took the role. (Picture credit: WENN, The Weinstein Company)

10 actors who quit major movies for good reasons

Ben Bussey
UK Movies Writer

Ed Skrein shocked many with the announcement of his withdrawal from director Neil Marshall’s ‘Hellboy’ reboot, over concerns about ‘whitewashed’ casting. While the move has won Skrein widespread praise, it’s always a surprise when an actor chooses to walk away from a potentially major role.

Of course, Skrein is hardly the first actor to pass up a significant career opportunity for personal reasons. While it can sometimes be hard to understand an actor’s reasons for such a move, there’s a lot to be respected about someone who chooses to follow their better judgement, rather than simply biting their lip and doing it for the money.

Here are ten actors who did just that.

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