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Dead Poets Society (1989)
 Who was considered for Dead Poets Society?

Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson was reportedly up for the lead role, when Jeff Kanew was attached as director, but wanted to much money.
Actor who got the part: Robin Williams

Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman was considered for the role of John Keating.
Actor who got the part: Robin Williams

Jeff Kanew
Kanew was originally set to direct, but decided to drop out of the project to work on Troop Beverly Hills instead.
Actor who got the part: Peter Weir

Liam Neeson
Neeson was actually cast as John Keating at one point when Jeff Kanew was set to direct.
Actor who got the part: Robin Williams

River Phoenix
River Phoenix reportedly wanted the role of the actor who commits suicide.
Actor who got the part: Robert Sean Leonard

Mickey Rourke
It is said that Rourke turned down the lead in Dead Poets Society after director Peter Weir refused to make script changes.
Actor who got the part: Robin Williams



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