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Hollywood star John Travolta hates anyone mentioning the musical movie hit Chicago - because he's still furious he turned down the lead role. The Pulp Fiction actor was originally offered the starring role in the 2003 Oscar-winning musical, but passed on the chance because he wasn't convinced the ambitious project would be a big screen success. However, with fellow middle-aged sex symbol Richard Gere in to the role, the Rob Marshall directed flick turned into one of the most successful movies of the year. When asked about it in a recent interview Travolta smarted, "You're rubbing salt in my wounds! I'm still angry with myself that I turned down the role of the lawyer in Chicago that Richard Gere then got."

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