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Burt Reynolds
 Roles turned down by Burt Reynolds:

48 Hrs.
According to The Rough Guide To Cult Movies, Reynolds was considered for the role of Jack Cates.
Actor who got the part: Nick Nolte

Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Burt Reynolds was considered for the role of Astronaut Brent.
Actor who got the part: James Franciscus

Die Hard
Burt Reynolds turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Bruce Willis

Family Plot
Alfred Hitchcock wanted him to play the suave, devious kidnapper.
Actor who got the part: William Devane

Flashdance
Burt Reynolds turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Michael Nouri

The Godfather
Reynolds was considered to play Michael Corleone. Some people say he was actually cast but Marlon Brando wouldn't act along side him.
Actor who got the part: Al Pacino

The Goodbye Girl
THE GOODBYE GIRL was originally titled BOGART SLEPT HERE. Neil Simon took the story in a more comical direction and Richard Dreyfuss eventually replaced De Niro. Burt Reynolds was also attached at one point.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

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

Magnolia
Burt Reynolds declined to play Frank T.J. Mackey in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia, because he was still upset with Anderson about Boogie Nights publicity.
Actor who got the part: Tom Cruise

MASH
Reynolds turned down the role of Trapper John McIntyre.
Actor who got the part: Elliot Gould

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Burt Reynolds was considered for the role of McMurphy.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

Power
Burt Reynolds was the first choice to play the successful, driven political consultant in director Sidney Lumet's 1986 drama.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Pretty Woman
Turned down the role eventually played by Richard Gere.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Rocky
Burt Reynolds was considered to play Rocky Balboa.
Actor who got the part: Sylvester Stallone

Rosemary's Baby
Turned down the lead role of Guy Woodhouse.
Actor who got the part: John Cassavetes

Soapdish
Reynolds turned down the Kevin Kline role.
Actor who got the part: Kevin Kline

Splash
According to the book "Casting might-have-beens" Burt Reynolds was considered for the part of Allen Bauer.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

Star Wars
Reynolds was considered for the role of Han Solo.
Actor who got the part: Harrison Ford

Superman
The studio considered Reynolds to play Superman.

Terms of Endearment
The character of Garrett Breedlove was created for Reynolds by writer/director James L. Brooks, but Reynolds was already committed to "The Cannonball Run II."
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

West Side Story
Seriously considered for a major role.
Actor who got the part: Richard Beymer

Zardoz
Burt Reynolds turned down the lead due to illness.
Actor who got the part: Sean Connery






Did you know that Burt Reynolds was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» At Long Last Love
» The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
» Boogie Nights
» The Cannonball Run
» Deliverance
» Smokey and the Bandit
» Striptease
» Switching Channels
» Waterproof






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