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The French Connection (1971)
 Who was considered for The French Connection?

Peter Boyle
Boyle was approached by director William Friedkin to play Popeye Doyle but Boyle turned him down.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

James Caan
Caan was offered the role of Detective Doyle.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen was offered the role of Detective Doyle.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum was offered the role of "Popeye" Doyle, but declined.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

Rod Taylor
Eddie Egan, the real-life "Popeye Doyle," wanted Taylor for the role, but director William Friedkin eventually went with Gene Hackman.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman



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