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Steve McQueen
 Roles turned down by Steve McQueen:

Apocalypse Now
Steve McQueen turned down the role of Captain Willard. Reportedly the first actor to be offered the part.
Actor who got the part: Martin Sheen

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Turned down the role of Bob in the influential and controversial Paul Mazursky-directed hit comedy.
Actor who got the part: Robert Culp

The Bodyguard
McQueen was pursued to play opposite Diana Ross in THE BODYGUARD in 1977, but the project stalled and McQueen went to work on THE BOUNTY HUNTER.
Actor who got the part: Kevin Costner

Breakfast at Tiffany's
McQueen was offered the role of Paul 'Fred' Varjak but had a previous commitment.
Actor who got the part: George Peppard

A Bridge Too Far
McQueen turned down the role of Julian Cook.
Actor who got the part: Robert Redford

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
McQueen left the project supposedly because he could not get top billing over Paul Newman.
Actor who got the part: Robert Redford

The Cannonball Run
This movie was originally going to be an action film starring Steve McQueen. After McQueen died, his role went to Burt Reynolds and became a comedy.
Actor who got the part: Burt Reynolds

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Steve McQueen turned down the role of Roy Neary after being approached by Spielberg himself.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Dirty Harry
According to producers, the ideas was to create a sequel to Bullitt, but McQueen turned it down because he "did not do sequels." Subsequently, the script was retolled for Eastwood.

Fahrenheit 451
Considered for the role of fireman "Montag."
Actor who got the part: Oskar Werner

First Blood
McQueen was considered to play Rambo.
Actor who got the part: Sylvester Stallone

The French Connection
Steve McQueen was offered the role of Detective Doyle.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

The Godfather
Steve McQueen auditioned for the role of Tom Hagen.
Actor who got the part: Robert Duvall

The Graduate
Steve McQueen was considered for the role of Benjamin Braddock.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

The Great Gatsby
McQueen was turned down for the role of Jay Gatsby.
Actor who got the part: Robert Redford

Jaws
Considered for the lead role Chief Brody.
Actor who got the part: Roy Sheider

The Killers (1964)
Steve McQueen was on a list of actors considered for the role of Johnny North.
Actor who got the part: John Cassavetes

Play Misty for Me
Steve McQueen was very interested but told Robert Relyea "The problem with this script is the woman has a stronger role than the man."
Actor who got the part: Clint Eastwood

Sorcerer
Steve McQueen was originally going to do the film but had to leave over disagreements with the director William Friedken, who later regretted not casting McQueen.
Actor who got the part: Roy Scheider






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