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Elvis Presley
 Roles turned down by Elvis Presley:

Being There
The producer wanted Elvis but could not get him due to his manager.
Actor who got the part: Peter Sellars

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Elvis turned down the role of Brick.
Actor who got the part: Paul Newman

The Defiant Ones
Elvis sought the role of John 'Joker' Jackson.
Actor who got the part: Tony Curtis

The Godfather
Elvis Presley was a fan of Mario Puzo's novel and wanted to play the part of Tom Hagen.
Actor who got the part: Robert Duvall

Midnight Cowboy
Elvis was supposed to play the character that leaves his hometown to make it big in New York.
Actor who got the part: Jon Voight

The Rainmaker (1956)
Elvis said he was up for a role in an interview, even though the claim was later disputed.

A Star Is Born (1976)
Elvis turned down the role of John Norman Howard.
Actor who got the part: Kris Kristofferson

Sweet Bird of Youth
One of the many challenging roles turned down by Elvis' manager who didn't want his client to play a shady character, cheating Elvis of the chance to play Tennessee Williams' drifter and Hollywood hopeful "Chance Wayne."
Actor who got the part: Paul Newman

Thunder Road
Robert Mithcum tried to talk Elvis into a part. Colonel Parker vetoed due to salary.

Valley of The Dolls
Author Jacqueline Susann wanted Presley for the role of Tony Polar.
Actor who got the part: Tony Scotti

West Side Story
Elvis turned down the role of Bernardo. George Chakiris won an Oscar for the part.
Actor who got the part: George Chakiris

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Elvis Presley was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gene Wilder

Your Cheatin' Heart
MGM thought about Elvis for the lead but Hank William's widow did not want to take away from Hank's legacy.
Actor who got the part: George Hamilton






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