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John Leguizamo Explains Why He Turned Roles In Mr. And Mrs. Smith And Happy Feet, Which He Now Admits Were For ‘Stupid’ Reasons


Across over 30 years of his career, John Leguizamo has been part of a lot of hit movies! From playing Sid in the Ice Age franchise and singing Encanto’s most viral song that has us wanting a Bruno spinoff, to starring in the first Super Mario Bros. movie, playing the creepy Clown in Spawn and appearing the classic musical Moulin Rouge!, the actor has a rather good batting average. But as Leguizamo recently explained, he has made “stupid” judgement calls in the past on movies that went on to become big hits, namely Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Happy Feet.

When John Leguizamo was asked about if there are roles from his past that he regrets turning down, one that came to mind immediately was Stanley Tucci’s role in The Devil Wears Prada. And no, that’s not all. He also told Business Insider that he could have played Vince Vaughn’s part in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, too. In his words: 

Well, for Mr. & Mrs. Smith, it was because they were paying them $20 million and they were going to pay me scale. I felt dissed, and they probably weren’t dissing me, but I felt dissed. Sometimes when you’re a person of color, you’re so used to being dissed that you think you’re being dissed, and sometimes you’re not being dissed. So that’s what happens, and you have to go to a lot of therapy to fix that.

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