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John Travolta
 Roles turned down by John Travolta:

American Gigolo
One of several films that Travolta turned down the lead role before it was offered to Richard Gere.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Apollo 13
According to the Charlie Rose Show on PBS, John Travolta asked Ron Howard for a role in Apollo 13 but was politely turned down.

Arthur
John Travolta was mentioned as an option for the title role.

As Good as It Gets
John Travolta was considered for the role of Melvin.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

The Blue Lagoon
John Travolta turned down the role of Richard. Ironically, Kelly Preston, who auditioned for the role of Emmeline, would marry with Travolta a decade later.
Actor who got the part: Brooke Shields

Chicago
Passed on the lead role of Billy Flynn.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

A Chorus Line
Travolta was pursued for a role in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit. However, at that point in his career, he did not want to do another musical.

Company
At the height of his fame, Travolta was considered to play the lead in an all-star screen version of the breakthrough Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth.
Actor who got the part: Film Was Never Made

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
According to IMDB, John Travolta was set to star as lead, when Ron Howard was set to direct.
Actor who got the part: Brad Pitt

Days of Heaven
One of several films that Travolta turned down the lead role before it was offered to Richard Gere.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Donnie Brasco
Hot off his success with Pulp Fiction, was considered for the role of Joseph Pistone (Donnie Brasco) but producers felt his asking price (reportedly $7 million) was too high.
Actor who got the part: Jonny Depp

The Doors
John Travolta was considered to play Jim Morrison.
Actor who got the part: Val Kilmer

The Double
John Travolta had started work on a Roman Polanski's adaptation of the novel by Dostoyevsky. While shooting was about to start in Paris, Travolta left the set and went back to the USA, never to come back. The project was later cancelled.
Actor who got the part: Steve Martin

First Blood
John Travolta was supposedly considered to play Rambo.
Actor who got the part: Sly

Flashdance
Was offered the lead role, but declined due to scheduling conflicts.
Actor who got the part: Michael Nouri

Forrest Gump
John Travolta turned down Forrest Gump.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

Grandview, U.S.A.
John Travolta turned down the role of Ernie.
Actor who got the part: Patrick Swayze

The Green Mile
John Travolta said in an interview that he was offered the role of Paul Edgecomb in The Green Mile, but turned it down.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

Jackie Brown
Travolta was considered for the role of either Ordell or Ray Nicollete.

Midnight Express
John Travolta was considered for the role of William Hayes.
Actor who got the part: Brad Davis

An Officer and a Gentleman
One of several films that Travolta turned down the lead role before it was offered to Richard Gere.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

The Phantom of the Opera
Travolta was seriously considered to play the phantom.
Actor who got the part: Gerard Butler

Pretty Baby
Travolta turned down the role of Bellocq because he was commited to "Grease".
Actor who got the part: Keith Carradine

Rambo: First Blood Part II
Producers wanted to write Travolta into the script as Rambo's sidekick, but Stallone was not interested.

Reservoir Dogs
The role of Vic Vega (Mr. Blonde) in Reservoir Dogs was written for John Travolta, but he declined the low budget independent film. Director Quinten Tarantino then wrote the role of Vinnie in Pulp Fiction with Michael Madsen in mind, but when Madsen was unavailable it went to John Travolta. Thus, Tarantino gave Vincent the same last name as Vic - Vega, making the characters brothers. (A proposed Vega Brothers film featuring the two characters has been discussed but never come to be).
Actor who got the part: Michael Madsen

Scarface
John Travolta turned down the role of Manolo Ray.
Actor who got the part: Steven Bauer

The Shipping News
Travolta had actually been expected to try and tackle the complex role of an emotionally battered man who returns to his family home in Newfoundland to begin again.
Actor who got the part: Kevin Spacey

Splash
John Travolta turned down the lead role of Allen Bauer.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

Taxi Driver
To boost his fame as a teen idol, John Travolta auditioned for the part of Travis Bickle.
Actor who got the part: Robert De Niro

Top Gun
John Travolta was considered for the lead role, but producers were reportedly worried that he would not draw a big box office at that time.
Actor who got the part: Tom Cruise

World Trade Center
John Travolta declined Paramount's offer to star since he had just done a similar role for Ladder 49.
Actor who got the part: Nicolas Cage

Zorba!
A film version of the Kander-Ebb Broadway musical based on the great novel and motion picture was planned by director Robert Wise and screenwriter-producer Ernest Lehman. Travolta would have played the role played by Alan Bates in the original non-musical movie version.
Actor who got the part: Film Was Never Made






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