However he very a lot nearly was! Final 12 months, Avatar director James Cameron revealed that Matt turned down the function of Jake Sully, which ultimately went to Sam Worthington — and he missed out on a $250 million payday within the course of.
In a current Leisure Tonight interview alongside actor Zoe Saldana — who is within the Avatar movie collection — Matt admitted that turning down Avatar was, in hindsight, not one of the best enterprise choice.
“It’s the dumbest factor an actor ever did within the historical past of appearing,” he admitted, whilst Zoe identified that his profession did not precisely “undergo” in consequence.
“Are you aware what sort of film that may’ve been if I might have been in it?” he replied.
“I’ve most likely finished, like, 50 films,” he went on. “I’ve by no means been in a film that made $1 billion.”
Let this be a lesson to all: If life affords you Avatar, take it.