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10 Actors Who Lost Roles Because They Got Greedy

It's hard to imagine a version of Angelina Jolie's Salt starring Tom Cruise instead, but what was once titled Edwin A. Salt had to be entirely rewritten due to Cruise's salary demands.

Cruise had been circling the much less catchily titled film for a while back in 2008, and the film was geared specifically to it being an action vehicle for him. As one of the most famous movie stars on the planet, Cruise's salary was set at $20 million, a price the studio just couldn't agree to.

The drastic rewrites that took place initially came from a suggestion that "seemed for like 15 seconds to be an outrageous idea", according to director Phillip Noyce, before realising "how fantastic it was."

While there's no way of knowing whether Edwin A. Salt would have been the financial success that Jolie's Salt ended up being, it's likely the same team had drawn up an equally thrilling version of the story for Cruise. The film ended up pushing Jolie even further into the leading lady spotlight. Cruise opted to star in 2010's Knight and Day instead, which ended up pulling in almost identical box office numbers to Salt.

Still, Salt became an iconic character in Jolie's filmography, and perhaps Cruise missed out on his own unique spy to add to his list too.