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The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
 Who was considered for The Bonfire of the Vanities?

Alan Arkin
Arkin was fired from his role as the judge.
Actor who got the part: Morgan Freeman

Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase turned down the role of Sherman McCoy.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

John Cleese
John Cleese turned down the role of Peter Fallow.
Actor who got the part: Bruce Willis

Tom Cruise
Cruise was considered for the part of Sherman McCoy.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

Lolita Davidovich
Lolita Davidovich was considered for the role of Maria Ruskin.
Actor who got the part: Melanie Griffith

Steve Martin
Steve Martin was considered for the part of Sherman McCoy.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

Walter Matthau
Matthau turned down the role of the judge - reportedly because he wanted too much money.
Actor who got the part: Morgan Freeman

Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson turned down the role of Peter Fallow.
Actor who got the part: Bruce Willis

Lena Olin
Lena Olin was turned down for the role of Maria.
Actor who got the part: Melanie Griffith

Michelle Pfeiffer
According to Julie Salamon's book "Bonfire of the Vanities Goes to Hollywood," Michelle Pfeiffer turned down the female lead.
Actor who got the part: Melanie Griffith

Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve didn't turn down only the part of Sherman, but also Peter.

Kyra Sedgwick
Kyra Sedgwick tested for the part of Maria Ruskin.
Actor who got the part: Melanie Griffith

Uma Thurman
Thurman auditioned for the trophy mistress (Maria) of Tom Hank's character (Sherman McCoy).
Actor who got the part: Melanie Griffith

Jon Voight
Jon Voight turned down the role of Sherman McCoy.
Actor who got the part: Tom Hanks

Robin Wright Penn
Robin Wright Penn screen tested with Tom Hanks for the role of Sherman's mistress.
Actor who got the part: Melanie Griffith



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