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 - Daniel Radcliffe confirmed that he won't be reprising his iconic role for the upcoming film adaptation of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.'
Katie Holmes - Katie Holmes starred opposite Christian Bale in ‘Batman Begins’ (2005)
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.
Sean Connery - The original James Bond appeared in the third Indiana Jones film, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989).
Will Smith - In a 2016 interview on BBC Radio 1Xtra, he said: “It was one of those things—I had a couple of films lined up.
Keanu Reeves - Keanu Reeves didn’t join his co-star Sandra Bullock for the sequel to the 1994 action movie ‘Speed.’
John Cusack - John Cusack played Adam Yates in the 2010 comedy ‘Hot Tub Time Machine.
Natalie Portman - It is not clear whether Portman refused the role or was simply written out. Either way, she didn’t stay away long:
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.
Robert Duvall - Robert Duvall played consigliere and lawyer Tom Hagen in both ‘The Godfather’ (1972) and ‘The Godfather II’ (1974).
Linda Hamilton - Linda Hamilton starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in both ‘Terminator’ (1984) and ‘Terminator 2
Jamie Lee Curtis - Jamie Lee Curtis played the tormented character of Laurie Strode in the original ‘Halloween’ (1978)
Richard Dreyfuss - Richard Dreyfuss played the character of Matt Hooper in the iconic thriller ‘Jaws’ (1975).