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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
 Who was considered for Breakfast at Tiffany's?

Tony Curtis
Tony writes in his 2008 autobiography that he asked his friend, director Blake Edwards to cast him in the role of writer Paul Varjak but Mel Ferrer didn't want his wife, Audrey Hepburn to make a movie with him, so Edwards declined his services.
Actor who got the part: George Peppard

John Frankenheimer
Audrey Hepburn was unfamiliar with Frankenheimer's work and therefore uneasy about his abilities, so the director was paid off and a new director brought on.
Actor who got the part: Blake Edwards

Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine turned down the lead role of Holly Golightly.
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn

Virginia Mayo
Virginia Mayo was considered for the supporting part of Mrs. Failenson, but Neal was cast. Mayo thought Neal was better in the role than she would have been.
Actor who got the part: Patricia Neal

Steve McQueen
McQueen was offered the role of Paul 'Fred' Varjak but had a previous commitment.
Actor who got the part: George Peppard

Marilyn Monroe
Monroe was replaced by Audrey Hepburn for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn

Kim Novak
Kim Novak turned down the lead.
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn



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