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The Goodbye Girl (1977)
 Who was considered for The Goodbye Girl?

James Caan
The role of the egocentric, pretentious NY actor was offered to Caan, a legend for turning down big roles in hit movies.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Robert De Niro
THE GOODBYE GIRL was originally titled BOGART SLEPT HERE. Neil Simon took the story in a more comical direction and Richard Dreyfuss eventually replaced De Niro. Burt Reynolds was also attached at one point.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Dustin Hoffman
Hoffman was turned down for the role of the neurotic, egocentric struggling NY actor, reportedly based by writer Neil Simon on Hoffman himself.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Jack Nicholson
Was considered to play the obnoxious, self-centered New York actor.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Burt Reynolds
THE GOODBYE GIRL was originally titled BOGART SLEPT HERE. Neil Simon took the story in a more comical direction and Richard Dreyfuss eventually replaced De Niro. Burt Reynolds was also attached at one point.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss



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