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James Caan
 Roles turned down by James Caan:

Apocalypse Now
First choice to play Col. Lucas (Harrison Ford) but he wanted too much money.
Actor who got the part: Harrison Ford

Blade Runner
James Caan was considered for the role of Deckard.
Actor who got the part: Harrison Ford

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Tested for the role of Ted.
Actor who got the part: Elliott Gould

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The studio considered Caan to play Roy Neary but he was too expensive.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

The French Connection
Caan was offered the role of Detective Doyle.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

The Goodbye Girl
The role of the egocentric, pretentious NY actor was offered to Caan, a legend for turning down big roles in hit movies.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Kramer vs. Kramer
Caan turned down the lead role in Kramer vs. Kramer because he reportedly thought the character was not interesting enough.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

MASH
Turned down the chance to star in one of the most memorable and influential movies of the '70s.
Actor who got the part: Elliott Gould

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Caan was considered for the role of McMurphy.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

Star Wars
George Lucas considered him to play Han Solo.
Actor who got the part: Harrison Ford

Superman
Unwisely turned down the lead role of Superman.

Taxi Driver
James Caan was turned down for the role of Travis Bickle.
Actor who got the part: Robert De Niro

Waterworld
Caan was considered for the role of Deacon.
Actor who got the part: Dennis Hopper






Did you know that James Caan was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» Bottle Rocket
» Funny Lady
» The Godfather
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