Roles turned down by Steven Spielberg:
Steven Spielberg was considered to direct the film. He wanted Harrison Ford to star.
Actor who got the part: Penny Marshall
Was first set to direct this film about a down-on-his-luck gambler in Las Vegas with a freespirited guy.
Actor who got the part: Robert Altman
Steven Spielberg turned down an offer to direct the film.
According to IMDB, Steven Spielberg was attached to the film, in the late 1990s. He would have had Tom Cruise star.
Actor who got the part: David Fincher
Spielberg was considered to direct the Harry Potter series, but was reportedly rejected by Rowling who kept close control of the film.
Actor who got the part: Chris Columbus
Steven Spielberg turned down the offer to direct the film to work on Schindler's List.
Actor who got the part: John McTiernan
Spielberg was approached to direct the film and have Jim Carrey star.
Actor who got the part: Jay Roach
Backed out of the director's chair because he needed to start on Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade.
Actor who got the part: Barry Levinson
The director considered making the film version of Ray Bradbury's beloved novel. In the end, he opted to instead direct "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
Actor who got the part: Jack Clayton
Steven Spielberg was intended to direct but couldn't accept because of the issues George Lucas had with the Director's Guild.
Steven Spielberg turned down the chance to direct Superman. He had shown interest but then Jaws became a hit and he went on to other things.
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