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Michael Douglas
 Roles turned down by Michael Douglas:

Assassins
Was considered for the role of Robert Rath.
Actor who got the part: Sylvester Stallone

Cutthroat Island
Douglas was considered to play William.
Actor who got the part: Matthew Modine

The General's Daughter
Michael Douglas turned down the lead role of Paul Brenner.
Actor who got the part: John Travolta

JFK
Michael Douglas was considered for the role of Jim Garrison.
Actor who got the part: Kevin Costner

Kinsey
Was considered by writer-director Bill Condon to play the pioneer in the field of human sexuality research.
Actor who got the part: Liam Neeson

Love Story
Michael Douglas turned down the role of Oliver.
Actor who got the part: Ryan O'Neal

Making Love
When 1982's Making Love was cast, top Hollywood actors Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas and Richard Gere allegedly turned down the male lead, afraid of being linked to a romantic gay drama.
Actor who got the part: Michael Ontkean

Misery
Michael Douglas turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: James Caan

Ocean's Eleven
Considered for the role of Terry Benedict.
Actor who got the part: Andy Garcia

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

Sin City
Michael Douglas turned down the role of John Hartigan.
Actor who got the part: Bruce Willis

Starman
Originally, in 1979, Michael Douglas had the script rights and planned to star. But the studio preferred a young actor for the part. Director John Carpenter refused the idea.
Actor who got the part: Jeff Bridges

Still Life
In 2001 was annouced that Meryl Streep & Michael Douglas are going to star in Still Life.
Actor who got the part: Never Made

Traffic
Douglas originally declined the role of Judge Wakefield but came back later to accept.
Actor who got the part: MIchael Douglas

Yentl
According to Streisand's biography, Douglas rejected the part of Avigdor, opposite Barbra Streisand who starred and directed.
Actor who got the part: Mandy Patinkin






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