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Jack Nicholson
 Roles turned down by Jack Nicholson:

Angel Heart
Jack Nicholson was considered for the lead role of Harry Parker.
Actor who got the part: Mickey Rourke

Annie
Jack Nicholson had agreed to play Daddy Warbucks, but dropped out after the films original producer left the project.
Actor who got the part: Albert Finney

Apocalypse Now
Jack Nicholson turned down the role of Willard.
Actor who got the part: Martin Sheen

Bad Santa
Nicholson considered the film, but turned it down because he was already committed to Something's Gotta Give.
Actor who got the part: Billy Bob Thorton

Batman Triumphant
Jack Nicholson was to reprise his role as the Joker - resurrected as a hallucination in Batman's mind. The fim was cancelled.

Big Fish
When Steven Spielberg was attached to direct this film, he wanted Jack Nicholson to star as Older Ed Bloom.
Actor who got the part: Albert Finney

The Bonfire of the Vanities
Jack Nicholson turned down the role of Peter Fallow.
Actor who got the part: Bruce Willis

Bonnie and Clyde
Nicholson was approached about playing C.W. Moss but he and Warren Beatty were deemed too similar.
Actor who got the part: Michael J. Pollard

Bruce Almighty
Jack Nicholson turned down the role of God.
Actor who got the part: Morgan Freeman

Caligula
Turned down the role of Caligula.
Actor who got the part: Malcolm McDowell

A Christmas Story
Jack Nicholson was considered for the role of Mr. Parker - "The Old Man".
Actor who got the part: Darren McGavin

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Supposedly considered for the lead role.

Coming Home
Jack Nicholson was considered to play Luke Martin.
Actor who got the part: Jon Voight

The Departed
Nicholson originally turned down the part of Frank Costello but director Martin Scorsese and co-star Leonardo DiCaprio changed his mind.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

Dick Tracy
Jack Nicholson turned down the role of Dick Tracy.
Actor who got the part: Warren Beatty

Down and Out in Beverly Hills
Was offered the role of the homeless man in the comedy remake of the great French classic but was committed to doing "the Two Jakes" first.
Actor who got the part: Nick Nolte

Equus
Jack Nicholson was interested in playing Martin Dysart.
Actor who got the part: Richard Burton

The Exorcist
Nicholson was considered to play Father Karras before Jason Miller landed the role.
Actor who got the part: Jason Miller

Exorcist II: The Heretic
Jack Nicholson was considered for the role of Father Lamont.
Actor who got the part: Richard Burton

Family Plot
Jack Nicholson was considered for the part of the spiritualist's boyfriend in Alfred Hitchcock's final film but he had begun working on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and was unavailable.
Actor who got the part: Bruce Dern

Flashdance
Was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Michael Nouri

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

The Goodbye Girl
Was considered to play the obnoxious, self-centered New York actor.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

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

The Great Gatsby
Jack Nicholson was considered for the role of Jay Gatsby.
Actor who got the part: Robert Redford

Hercules
Jack Nicholson was considered for the voice of Hades.
Actor who got the part: James Woods

Hoosiers
Jack Nicholson was the first choice to play Coach Norman Dale. He was interested but told them to go with another actor unless they were able to hold the shoot until the next year.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Nicholson was considered for the role of the Grinch.
Actor who got the part: Jim Carrey

In the Line of Fire
Nicholson was considered at one time to play the bad guy - Mitch Leary.
Actor who got the part: John Malkovich

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

Kindergarten Cop
Jack Nicholson is said to have turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Arnold Schwarzenegger

The Last Tycoon
Producer Sam Spiegel wanted Nicholson to play studio boss "Monroe Starr" but director Elia Kazan prevailed with the actor of his choice.
Actor who got the part: Robert DeNiro

Mary Reilly
Jack Nicholson was originally in negotiations to play the role of Mr. Hyde/Dr. Jeykll, but it fell through.
Actor who got the part: John Malkovich

Misery
Was considered for the role of Paul Sheldon.
Actor who got the part: James Caan

The Mosquito Coast
Jack Nicholson was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Harrison Ford

Napoleon
Director Stanley Kubrick had wanted to make a film about French general Napoleon Bonaparte starring Jack Nicholson.
Actor who got the part: Film Not Made

Nixon
Jack Nicholson was seriously considered for the role of Richard Nixon.
Actor who got the part: Anthony Hopkins

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Jack Nicholson barely starred in this film - most of his part as Tad Tingle was left on the cutting room floor including a musical number sung by him.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

One Hour Photo
Jack Nicholson turned down the role of Sy Parrish.
Actor who got the part: Robin Williams

Pirates
Director Roman Polansi's first choice for Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red was Jack Nicholson.
Actor who got the part: Walter Matthau

Ragtime
Nicholson had orginially signed on to play the murderous millionaire, Harry K. Thaw.
Actor who got the part: Robert Joy

Rain Man
Jack Nicholson turned down the part of Raymond.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Roadshow
Before the highly-touted '80s project about a cattle drive fell apart, Nicholson was supposed to star in the film.
Actor who got the part: Project Abandoned

The Silence of the Lambs
Jack Nicholson was considered for the role of Hannibal Lecter.
Actor who got the part: Anthony Hopkins

Sorcerer
Director William Friedkin reportedly offered the starring role to Nicholson, but he turned it down.
Actor who got the part: Roy Scheider

Space Cowboys
Jack Nicholson was supposed to play Tank Sullivan.
Actor who got the part: James Garner

The Sting
Jack Nicholson was considered for the role of Johnny Hooker.
Actor who got the part: Robert Redford

Straw Dogs
Jack Nicholson was considered by director Sam Peckinpah for the role of "David Sumner" in the highly controversial movie.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Striptease
Jack Nicholson was in talks to play the Congressman.
Actor who got the part: Burt Reynolds

Taxi Driver
Nicholson turned down the part of Travis Bickle.
Actor who got the part: Robert De Niro

Three Kings
Director David O. Russell wanted either Jack Nicholson or Clint Eastwood in the part that eventually went to George Clooney.
Actor who got the part: George Clooney

Wall Street
He turned dowm the role of Gordon Gekko because he was already filming the Witches of Eastwick and Ironweed.
Actor who got the part: Michael Douglas

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

Witness
Nicholson liked the script but turned it down because, at the time, no director he liked was assigned to it. When Pater Weir -- a director Nicholson admired -- took over the project, it was already too late.
Actor who got the part: Harrison Ford






Did you know that Jack Nicholson was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» As Good as It Gets
» Batman
» The Bucket List
» The Departed
» Easy Rider
» Heartburn
» Ironweed
» The King of Marvin Gardens
» Mars Attacks!
» On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
» One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
» Reds
» The Shining
» Terms of Endearment
» The Witches of Eastwick






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