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Harrison Ford
 Roles turned down by Harrison Ford:

Alien
Ford turned down the Captain Dallas role.
Actor who got the part: Tom Skerritt

Apocalypse Now
Two books report that Coppola wanted Harrison Ford to play a larger role in "Apocalypse Now" but he turned it down not wanting to spend so much time in the Phillipines.
Actor who got the part: ????

Big
Harrison Ford was first choice for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

Cape Fear
Ford auditioned for the lead role of Sam Bowden and nearly got the part.
Actor who got the part: Nick Nolte

Dodsworth
In a proposed remake of director William Wyler's great 1936 film version of Sinclair Lewis' novel, Ford had been expected to play a retired business tycoon with a disintegrating marriage.
Actor who got the part: Project Abandoned

Dragonfly
Kevin Costner's part had originally been written for Harrison Ford, but Ford decided to take a year off from doing movies.
Actor who got the part: Kevin Costner

E.T.
Actually filmed a scene as the principal that lectured Elliot about alcohol. Speilberg later cut the scene because he thought Ford's popularity hurt the film.

Ghost
Was considered for the role of Sam Wheat.
Actor who got the part: Patrick Swayze

The Graduate
A relatively unknown Harrison Ford almost got the role of Benjamin Braddock.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Half Baked
Dave Chappelle reportedly asked Ford to do a cameo in the film but was turned down.

A History of Violence
Turned down the leading role in the well-received drama directed by David Cronenberg.
Actor who got the part: Viggo Mortensen

The Hunt for Red October
Ford turned down The Hunt for Red October (Alec Baldwin's part) to make Presumed Innocent instead.
Actor who got the part: Alec Baldwin

Insomnia
Ford was considered for the lead role of Will Dormer.
Actor who got the part: Al Pacino

JFK
Harrison Ford turned down the part of Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) in Oliver Stone's JFK.
Actor who got the part: Kevin Costner

Jurassic Park
Harrison Ford turned down the lead role of Dr. Grant.
Actor who got the part: Sam Neill

Kinsey
The actor turned down the great role of human sexuality research pioneer Alfred Kinsey.
Actor who got the part: Liam Neeson

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Ford was Warner Brothers' first choice to play "Gay" Perry, and promised the film a bigger budget if he were selected.
Actor who got the part: Val Kilmer

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

The Mirror Has Two Faces
Harrison Ford turned down Jeff Bridge's role (Gregory Larkin).
Actor who got the part: Jeff Bridges

Misery
Harrison Ford turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: James Caan

Outbreak
The lead role of Sam Daniels was intended for Ford.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

The Patriot
Harrison Ford turned down the lead in The Patriot because he didn't care for the tone of the script.
Actor who got the part: Mel Gibson

The Perfect Storm
Harrison Ford was originally offered George Clooney's part in The Perfect Storm.
Actor who got the part: George Clooney

Proof of Life
Harrison Ford turned down the lead role in Traffic. Russell Crowe won the role.
Actor who got the part: Russell Crowe

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

Saving Private Ryan
Harrison Ford was considered for the role of Miller.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

Schindler's List
Offered the title role but was afraid his stardom would detract from the message.
Actor who got the part: Liam Neeson

Syriana
Was considered for the role Rob Barnes. He said in an interview that this was one of the few roles he regretted not taking.
Actor who got the part: George Clooney

Terms of Endearment
Harrison Ford turned down the role of Garrett Breedlove.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

Traffic
Ford accepted but then dropped out of the role of Judge Wakefield.

The Untouchables
Ford was considered to play Elliott Ness.
Actor who got the part: Kevin Costner

Vanilla Sky
Was considered for the role of Dr. Curtis.
Actor who got the part: Kurt Russell

What Lies Beneath
Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford were director Robert Zemeckis's first and only choices for the lead roles of Claire and Norman Spencer.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Harrison Ford was considered for the role of Eddie Valiant.
Actor who got the part: Bob Hoskins

World Trade Center
Was considered for the role of Sgt. John McLoughlin.
Actor who got the part: Nicolas Cage






Did you know that Harrison Ford was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» Air Force One
» Apocalypse Now
» Blade Runner
» The Frisco Kid
» The Fugitive
» The Mosquito Coast
» Patriot Games
» Raiders of the Lost Ark
» Star Wars
» Witness






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