Denzel Washington regrets passing up ‘Seven’ and ‘Michael Clayton’

By Meriah Doty

What if Denzel Washington had been in “Seven” instead of Brad Pitt? And what if he played the title character in “Michael Clayton” instead of George Clooney?

If Washington could go back in time, he would reverse his past decisions to pass up those plum roles, citing them as his two biggest career regrets in a recent interview with GQ. “With ‘Clayton,’ it was the best material I had read in a long time, but I was nervous about a first-time director, and I was wrong. It happens,” Washington admitted.

We can’t help but think how incredibly different those two movies would have been had Washington starred in them. In terms of casting 1995’s “Seven,” would Gwyneth Paltrow have played Washington’s young wife? Would Morgan Freeman still have been the sage detective helping David Mills (played by Pitt) along? Washington said he initially passed it up because it was too dark and evil, but later kicked himself when he saw the David Fincher film in theaters. (Shockingly, Sylvester Stallone has said he also turned down a role in “Seven.” *Whoa!*)

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