Roles turned down by Elliott Gould:
Was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Roy Scheider
Turned down the role of the millionaire Michael Oliver Pritchard III in director Peter Bogdanovich's ode to '30s musical comedies.
Actor who got the part: Burt Reynolds
Gould was being strongly considered by Woody Allen for the title role. He turned it down due to a scheduling conflict.
Actor who got the part: Woody Allen
Gould's erratic on-set behavior forced Warner Brothers to cancel the project, though elements of Herman Raucher's novel were later used in "What's Up, Doc?"
For director Robert Altman's masterful film set in frontier America, the studio would not accept the director's first choice, Elliot Gould,.
Actor who got the part: Warren Beatty
Gould turned down the starring role.
Actor who got the part: Richard Benjamin
Gould turned down the opportunity to play David Sumner.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman
Did you know that Elliott Gould was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)