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Dustin Hoffman
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And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen...
Dustin Hoffman was reportedly interested in playing Valentin.
Actor who got the part: Jeremy Irons

Batman Returns
Dustin Hoffman was considered to play the Penguin in Batman Returns.
Actor who got the part: Danny DeVito

Blade Runner
Hoffman was considered to play Rick Deckard.
Actor who got the part: Harrison Ford

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Hoffman was once considered for one of the lead roles.

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

Days of Heaven
Dustin Hoffman turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Dead Poets Society
Dustin Hoffman was considered for the role of John Keating.
Actor who got the part: Robin Williams

Dog Day Afternoon
Producers were set to offer Hoffman the lead role after Al Pacino had initially passed. Things were eventually smoothed out with Pacino and he went on to star.
Actor who got the part: Al Pacino

The Edge
Dustin Hoffman was considered for the role of Charles Morse.
Actor who got the part: Anthony Hopkins

First Blood
Dustin Hoffman was considered to play Rambo.

Funny Lady
Dustin Hoffman was considered for the part of Billy Rose opposite Streisand.
Actor who got the part: James Caan

Gandhi
Hoffman expressed interest in the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Ben Kingsley

Get Shorty
Hoffman was considered to play Chili Palmer.
Actor who got the part: John Travolta

The Godfather
Offered the part of Michael Corleone.
Actor who got the part: Al Pacino

The Goodbye Girl
Hoffman was turned down for the role of the neurotic, egocentric struggling NY actor, reportedly based by writer Neil Simon on Hoffman himself.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

In the Line of Fire
Dustin Hoffman was attached to the film at one time.
Actor who got the part: Clint Eastwood

Jaws
Hoffman stated in an interview that Spielberg offered him a part in the film, presumably the Dreyfuss role.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Legal Eagles
Dustin Hoffman was originally intended for the lead but was unavailable.
Actor who got the part: Robert Redford

Little Nicky
Dustin Hoffman was originally cast to play Satan.
Actor who got the part: Harvey Keitel

Lolita
Hoffman was originally cast as Humbert Humbert.
Actor who got the part: Jeremy Irons

The Merchant of Venice
Showed interest in the role of Shylock.
Actor who got the part: Al Pacino

Misery
Dustin Hoffman turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: James Caan

Moscow on the Hudson
Writer director Paul Mazursky first approached Hoffman to play a Russian circus musician who defects to the U.S.
Actor who got the part: Robin Williams

Nuts
Streisand had wanted Dustin Hoffman to play opposite her, as the public defender Aaron Levinsky, but Hoffman left the project.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Popeye
Dustin Hoffman was considered to play Popeye alongside Lily Tomlin as Olive Oyl.
Actor who got the part: Robin Williams

The Producers (1968)
Had been set to play "Franz Liebkind" but was offered the lead in "The Graduate" instead.
Actor who got the part: Kenneth Mars

Rain Man
Hoffman was originally going to play Charlie (Tom Cruise) but then decided to play Raymond instead.
Actor who got the part: Tom Cruise

RKO 281
Dustin Hoffman was cast as Herman J. Mankiewicz, but eventually dropped out.
Actor who got the part: John Malkovich

Rumor Has It...
Considered for Kevin Costner role.
Actor who got the part: Kevin Costner

Sea of Love
The screenplay was originally written for Dustin Hoffman.
Actor who got the part: Al Pacino

Superman
Turned down the role of Lex Luthor.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

The Verdict
Was considered for a part in the movie.

Welcome to Mooseport
Dustin Hoffman was first choice to play the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Turned down the part of Eddie Valiant.
Actor who got the part: Bob Hoskins






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» Hook
» Kramer vs. Kramer
» Lenny
» Marathon Man
» Midnight Cowboy
» Outbreak
» Rain Man
» Straw Dogs
» Tootsie






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