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Gene Hackman
 Roles turned down by Gene Hackman:

All That Jazz
Was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Roy Scheider

Apocalypse Now
Hackman was considered for an early role in the film.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Gene Hackman was approached by Spielberg to play the role of Roy Neary.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Enemy of the State
Gene Hackman turned down the role several times before finally accepting...
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

The Fugitive
Gene Hackman was turned down for the role of Sam Gerard.
Actor who got the part: Tommy Lee Jones

The Graduate
Hackman was originally cast as Mr. Robinson, Elaine's father, but was replaced fter a few weeks when Mike Nichols decided he was too young for the part.
Actor who got the part: Murray Hamilton

Ironweed
Gene Hackman was considered for the role.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

Jackie Brown
One of Tarantino's first choices to play Max Cherry.
Actor who got the part: Robert Forster

Jaws
Hackman was considered to star in Jaws.

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

Misery
Gene Hackman turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: James Caan

Network
Gene Hackman reportedly turned down the part of Howard Beale.
Actor who got the part: Peter Finch

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

Ordinary People
Gene Hackman was actually given the role of Dr. Berger but later dropped out.
Actor who got the part: Judd Hirsch

Pearl Harbor
Hackman was considered for the role of FDR that eventually went to Jon Voight.
Actor who got the part: Jon Voight

RKO 281
Gene Hackman was considered to replace Marlon Brando in the role of William Randolph Hearst. The film was eventually scaled down to a TV movie.
Actor who got the part: James Cromwell

Rocky
Hackman was considered for the role of Rocky Balboa.
Actor who got the part: Sylvester Stallone

The Silence of the Lambs
The first choice to play Hannibal Lecter.
Actor who got the part: Anthony Hopkins

Tough Customers
Diana Ross and Gene Hackman were to have starred in TOUGH CUSTOMERS in the '70's but the project never got off the ground. Ross went on to make THE WIZ.
Actor who got the part: Project Never Got Made

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






Did you know that Gene Hackman was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
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» The Conversation
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» Enemy of the State
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