Actors who refused to return for sequels

Jim Carrey -
Sources suggest that after ‘Bruce Almighty’ (2003) there was a sequel planned, but that Jim Carrey turned down the main role because he doesn’t like to do the same character twice

Daniel Radcliffe -
To the dismay of Harry Potter fans , Daniel Radcliffe confirmed that he won't be reprising his iconic role for the upcoming film adaptation of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.'

Will Smith -
Will Smith decided not to return for the follow-up to the 1996 blockbuster ‘Independence Day,’ but not for any dramatic reason: he had a simple scheduling conflict.

odie Foster -
After the success of ‘Silence of the Lambs’ (1991), Jodie Foster apparently reassured fans she would return to play Clarice Starling in a sequel, if there were to be one.

Sean Connery -
The original James Bond appeared in the third Indiana Jones film, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989). He then retired from acting in 2003.

Keanu Reeves -
Keanu Reeves didn’t join his co-star Sandra Bullock for the sequel to the 1994 action movie ‘Speed.’ In a 2018 interview on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ 

Katie Holmes -
Katie Holmes starred opposite Christian Bale in ‘Batman Begins’ (2005)

Robert Duvall -
Robert Duvall played consigliere and lawyer Tom Hagen in both ‘The Godfather’ (1972) and ‘The Godfather II’ (1974).

John Cusack -
John Cusack played Adam Yates in the 2010 comedy ‘Hot Tub Time Machine

Crispin Glover -
When the cast returned for the 1989 sequel to ‘Back to the Future’ (1985), there was a key cast member missing: Crispin Glover.

Linda Hamilton -
Linda Hamilton starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in both ‘Terminator’ (1984) and ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ (1991).

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Jodie Foster -
When it came to it, however, Foster ultimately said no to ‘Hannibal’ (2001) and the character of Clarice Starling was played instead by Julianne Moore.

Jamie Lee Curtis -
Jamie Lee Curtis played the tormented character of Laurie Strode in the original ‘Halloween’ (1978) and its sequel ‘Halloween II’ (1981).