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Robert De Niro
 Roles turned down by Robert De Niro:

Angel Heart
De Niro was considerd to play Harry Parker/Johnny Angel but opted to play Louis Chyper.
Actor who got the part: Mickey Rourke

At Close Range
He turned down the role in the father-son drama, purportedly because he found it "too dark."
Actor who got the part: Christopher Walken

Big
Robert De Niro was considered for the lead role but wanted too much money.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Robert De Niro was considered for the role of Willy Wonka.
Actor who got the part: Johnny Depp

Collateral
Robert De Niro was considered for the role of Max but the studio wanted someone younger.
Actor who got the part: Jamie Foxx

The Departed
Robert De Niro had to drop out of playing Queenan to go ahead with his own directorial project, the Good Shepherd.
Actor who got the part: Martin Sheen

Dick Tracy
Robert De Niro turned down the role of Dick Tracy.
Actor who got the part: Warren Beatty

Do the Right Thing
Robert De Niro was considered for the role of Sal.
Actor who got the part: Danny Aiello

The Edge
Robert De Niro was considered for the role of Charles Morse.
Actor who got the part: Anthony Hopkins

Edge of Darkness
The actor departed the Mel Gibson-starring remake of the acclaimed BBC TV series during the first week of filming of his role; the reason cited was the standard "creative differences."
Actor who got the part: Ray Winstone

Funny Lady
Robert De Niro was considered for the part of Billy Rose opposite Streisand.
Actor who got the part: James Caan

Gangs of New York
De Niro was considered for the role of Bill Cutting.
Actor who got the part: Daniel Day-Lewis

Get Shorty
Robert De Niro was considered for the role of Chili Palmer.
Actor who got the part: John Travolta

The Godfather
DeNero read for the parts of both Sonny and Michael Corleone, but he would not be cast until Godfather II as Vito.
Actor who got the part: James Caan

The Godfather: Part III
Niro was considered for the role of Vincent.
Actor who got the part: Andy Garcia

The Goodbye Girl
THE GOODBYE GIRL was originally titled BOGART SLEPT HERE. Neil Simon took the story in a more comical direction and Richard Dreyfuss eventually replaced De Niro. Burt Reynolds was also attached at one point.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Great Balls of Fire!
At one point, Scorsese was going to make the movie with Robert De Niro as Jerry Lee Lewis.
Actor who got the part: Dennis Quaid

Home Alone
Robert De Niro reportedly turned down the role of Harry.
Actor who got the part: Joe Pesci

Jackie Brown
Robert De Niro originally wanted to play the role of Max Cherry. Tarantino had his heart set on Robert Forster for the role, but offered him the part of Louis instead.
Actor who got the part: Robert Forster

JFK
Was considered for Jim Garrison.
Actor who got the part: Kevin Costner

King Kong
One of Peter Jackson's two top choices to play the explorer/showman who drags the giant ape to "civilization." the other top choice was George Clooney.
Actor who got the part: Jack Black

The Last Temptation of Christ
Robert De Niro was attached to play Jesus at one point.
Actor who got the part: Willem Dafoe

Man on Fire
De Niro was considered to play Creasy.
Actor who got the part: Denzel Washington

Misery
Robert De Niro turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: James Caan

The Pope of Greenwich Village
In an interview with Leonard Maltin on ET while promoting 'Heat' back in 1995, Pacino & DeNiro said they were offered the lead roles in TPOGV, but it didn't work out for some reason.
Actor who got the part: Eric Roberts & Mickey Rourke

Runaway Bride
One of several actors attached at some point, because the film was in development for over 10 years.

The Shining
According to imdb, Stanley Kubrick considered Robert De Niro to play Jack Torrance, but changed his mind after he saw Taxi Driver.

The Silence of the Lambs
De Niro was considered for the role of Hannibal Lecter.
Actor who got the part: Anthony Hopkins

Spider-Man 2
Robert De Niro was considered to play Dr. Otto Octavius.
Actor who got the part: Alfred Molina

Splash
Considered for the role of Allen Bauer.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

Striking Distance
De Niro was considered at one point for the role of Tom Hardy.
Actor who got the part: Bruce Willis

The Usual Suspects
De Niro was considered for the role of Dave Kujan.
Actor who got the part: Chazz Palminteri

The Warriors
Robert DeNiro was slated to play cowboy but walter hill wanted all unknown actors.
Actor who got the part: Tom McKitterick






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