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Blazing Saddles (1974)
 Who was considered for Blazing Saddles?

Johnny Carson
Mel Brooks reportedly asked Johnny Carson if he wanted to play the Waco Kid.
Actor who got the part: Gene Wilder

Dan Dailey
Dan Dailey was the first choice to play The Waco Kid.
Actor who got the part: Gene Wilder

James Earl Jones
According to IMDB, Jones was the first choice to play Bart.
Actor who got the part: Cleavon Little

Richard Pryor
Pryor was orginally cast as Sherriff Bart, but left the project due to creative differences.
Actor who got the part: Cleavon Little

John Wayne
Turned down a role in the movie after reading the script saying "I can't be in this picture, it's too dirty...but I'll be the first in line to see it."
Actor who got the part: Slim Pickens

Gene Wilder
Wilder was originally offered the part of Hedley Lamarr before playing The Waco Kid.
Actor who got the part: Harvey Korman

Gig Young
According to Mel Brooks' commentary on the DVD, production actually began with Young in the role of the Waco Kid, but, due to advanced alcoholism, he was unable to continue. Gene Wilder, who had unsuccessfully lobbied for the part, was then called to step into the role on just a few days' notice.
Actor who got the part: Gene Wilder



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