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Robert Redford
 Roles turned down by Robert Redford:

The American President
At one time, both Robert Redford and Emma Thompson were to play the leads that Michael Douglas and Annette Bening eventually played. This is when the film was due to be a more political film.
Actor who got the part: Michael Douglas

Apocalypse Now
Redford was considered for a role in the film - rumored to be either Willard or Kurtz.

Atlas Shrugged
According to Variety, Redford was at one time interested in this project.

Barry Lyndon
Kubrick was told that in order to get funding from Warner's, he had to cast one of the "top 10" current actors. Ryan O'Neal, coming off the success of Love Story, was #2. Redford was #4. Kubrick wisely chose Redford, but Redford turned down the role in preference for George Roy Hill's unremarkable the Great Waldo Pepper. Ryan O'Neal did get the role of Barry Lyndon. Kubrick was reportedly pacing the set his first day on camera, saying, "OMG, he really can't act!"
Actor who got the part: Ryan O'Neal

A Beautiful Mind
Robert Redford was considered to direct the film but could not fit it in his schedule.
Actor who got the part: Ron Howard

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Turned down the lead role in what turned out to be a smash hit, sexy and controversial Paul Mazursky-directed comedy.
Actor who got the part: Robert Culp

The Boston Strangler
Redford was considered for the role of real-life psychopathic killer Albert DeSalvo.
Actor who got the part: Tony Curtis

Cape Fear
Robert Redford turned down for the lead role of Sam Bowden
Actor who got the part: Nick Nolte

The Godfather
The studio wanted Redford for the role of Michael Corleone.
Actor who got the part: Al Pacino

The Graduate
Robert Redford was considered for the lead role but was considered too "stable" in his personality.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

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

Jaws
Robert Redford was considered for a role.

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

The Legend of Bagger Vance
Robert Redford was going to play Junuh, before deciding to cast a younger star in the role.
Actor who got the part: Matt Damon

Live and Let Die
Redford was considered for the role of James Bond.
Actor who got the part: Roger Moore

Misery
Robert Redford turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: James Caan

The Prince of Tides
In the early stages of pre-production, Robert Redford was in talks with Streisand to play Tom Wingo. Altough the two wanted to work together again since THE WAY WE WERE, scheduling conflicts interfered and Nick Nolte won the Oscar nominated role.
Actor who got the part: Nick Nolte

Rocky
The studio tossed Redford's name around for the role of Rocky.
Actor who got the part: Sylvester Stallone

Rosemary's Baby
Robert Redford was considered for the lead role but opted to do Downhill Racer.
Actor who got the part: John Cassavetes

Secondhand Lions
The lead roles were envisioned as a reteaming of Redford and Paul Newman, but Redford agent told the producers he "does not play old."
Actor who got the part: Robert Duvall

Smart People
Considered acting in and possibly directing the comedy drama about a newly-widowed dad and teacher finding a new love.
Actor who got the part: Dennis Quaid

Superman
Redford was considered for the role of Superman.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Pollack, dissatisfied with Sarrazin's performance, cosidered replacing Michael with Redford or Beatty.
Actor who got the part: Michael Sarrazin

Unfaithful
Turned down the role of the husband, Edward.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

The Verdict
Redford was considered for the role of Frank Galvin but he was uncomfortable with the character.
Actor who got the part: Paul Newman

Wait Until Dark
Warner Bros. studio boss Jack Warner had Redford in mind first to play "Mike Talman" in this suspense thriller.
Actor who got the part: Richard Crenna

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

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Robert Redford turned down the role of Nick.
Actor who got the part: George Segal






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