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Sean Penn
 Roles turned down by Sean Penn:

Blind Date
Was considered for the role of Walter opposite Madonna but producers wanted Willis.
Actor who got the part: Bruce Willis

Chicago
Was a contender for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Enchanted
Sean Penn turned down the role of Robert.
Actor who got the part: Patrick Dempsey

Factotum
Sean Penn was first choice for the role of Henry.
Actor who got the part: Matt Dillon

Fight Club
Sean Penn was seriously considered to play the title role of Tyler Durden.
Actor who got the part: Brad Pitt

Great Balls of Fire!
Sean Penn was considered to star at one point.
Actor who got the part: Dennis Quaid

Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Sean Penn turned down the role of Sands.
Actor who got the part: Johnny Depp

Punch-Drunk Love
Sean Penn was reportedly considered for the role of Dean Trumbell.
Actor who got the part: Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Red Dragon
Penn was considered for the role of Dolarhyde.
Actor who got the part: Ralph Fiennes

Red Eye
This film was written with Sean Penn in mind, but Craven chose to go with younger leads.
Actor who got the part: Cillian Murphy

Risky Business
According to a VH1 "Behind the Movie" documentary, Penn was one of the actors who were considered for a role in this movie.

Superman Lives
When Kevin Smith was writing the script, producer Jon Peters told him that he thought Sean Penn should play Superman after he saw him in Dead Man Walking claiming that Penn had that caged killer instinct that would be perfect for the role.






Did you know that Sean Penn was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» Bad Boys (1983)
» Fast Times at Ridgemont High
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