Stars who turned down Game of Thrones
IMAGINE turning down a role on a show that goes on to become one of the biggest and most popular shows of all time. You'd be kicking yourself, wouldn't you?
Unfortunately there are several people who know exactly what that feels like having turned down an offer to star in Game of Thrones.
The Not Fair singer claimed during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session that she was offered the role of Queen Yara Greyjoy on Game of Thrones. But she allegedly turned it down because of some "uncomfortable" scenes she'd have to film with her brother, Alfie, who plays Theon Greyjoy.
"They asked me if I'd be interested in playing Theon's sister," the singer wrote.
"I felt uncomfortable because I would have had to go on a horse and he would have touched me up and s**t. Once they told me what was entailed, I said no thanks."
Lily's claim was quickly shot down by her brother who told Vulture the singer was peddling porky pies.
"I heard about (the cameo offer)," Alfie said. "The only thing I'm going to say on that is that it's not true. And also that Gemma Whalen was always their first choice for the part. And she's fantastic. And that's the only thing I'm going to say about that."
The X-Files star was in her daughter's bad books after politely declining a role in Game of Thrones.
It's not known what role she was offered, but Anderson felt the show was too much of a time commitment.
"My 18-year-old cannot believe that I would turn down Game Of Thrones or Downton (Abbey) - things she loves to watch," Anderson told the Daily Mail in 2013.
"But if I am going to be spending that amount of time working on something I would rather be working with a director like Martin Scorsese."
He's the guy who most people don't recognise until they see a photo of him, but that wouldn't have been the case if Dominic West hadn't turned down a role on Game of Thrones.
In 2012 the actor, who now stars in The Affair, told The Huffington Post that he passed on the show because it meant filming on location in Iceland for six months a year.
"I was offered something on Game of Thrones and unfortunately, I hadn't seen it, but my nephew and his father said, 'Gosh, Game of Thrones is the only great show on!' And I felt terrible, because I'd just turned them down," West said.
He couldn't quite remember what role he was offered but told The Huffington Post, "It was a lovely part, a good part", and added, "I'm going to regret it".
"My problem is, I've got four kids, and at the moment, I'm reluctant to be away from home for a long time. I can get a lot of work in London and still be at home."
Fans have since speculated that West was meant to play Mance Rayder.
Game of Thrones fans will be aware that Pryce played High Sparrow from season five until the end of season six when the character carked it.
But the Welsh actor was actually asked to appear on the show from the very beginning.
"I don't like swords and fantasy things," he told BBC Radio 4 in 2015 about why he tuned down the offer. "I am that person who has never seen Star Wars, I've never seen any of the Lord of the Rings things and I'd never seen Game of Thrones.
"In fact I'd said no to the very original series of Game of Thrones and all I did was flip through and look at the names, these strange names, strange dialogue and I thought 'oh, it's not for me'."
Thankfully he had a change of heart a few years later.
Money, or the lack of it, was the main reason the Scottish actor turned down a role in Game of Thrones.
Speaking to Vodzilla in 2016, Cox said, "Stupidly, I turned it down in the early days because they didn't pay enough money".
"I was silly," he added. "I was silly, it was silly, because I'm a complete addict now."
Just like Dominic West, it's never been revealed which role Cox was initially offered.
The Irish actor revealed to Movies.com that he passed on Game of Thrones because they didn't offer him a role until the show had already been on TV for a few years.
"I was offered (a role)," he said in 2015.
"I would rather have been (cast) at the beginning. It's just that coming into a show now … I think it's wonderful, but it's not something I would come into at this point. I don't know if I would add anything to it at this stage.
"I was offered a four to six month stint. (The show) was just too far down the line for me. Having already been seen at the beginning, I would rather have been involved in the growth of a show, even though everyone gets bumped off left, right and centre."
The Aussie actor was never offered a role on Game of Thrones, but he did reveal to news.com.au that he auditioned, albeit half-heartedly.
"At the time I hadn't read the books or anything, so for the first series of Game of Thrones, I auditioned for that and I thought, 'What's this rubbish? They're all speaking funny, there's dragons. What is this?'" Roxburgh told news.com.au in 2016.
"So I didn't throw my heart into it and I really probably should have."
Yeah, we've got to agree with you there, Richard.