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An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
 Who was considered for An Officer and a Gentleman?

Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger was the first choice for the role of Paula.
Actor who got the part: Debra Winger

Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges was the first choice for the lead role but the role ultimately went to Richard Gere.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner read for the part of Zac Mayo but Richard Gere was cast instead.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

John Denver
Turned down the lead role because he didn't like the script.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Jennifer Jason Leigh
Was a serious contender for the lead role, but producers turned her down fearing she was too young for the part.
Actor who got the part: Debra Winger

Markie Post
Post heavily campaigned for the role of Paula, which ultimately went to Debra Winger.
Actor who got the part: Debra Winger

Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid was also considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Meg Ryan
Ryan auditioned for the role of Paula Pokrifki.
Actor who got the part: Debra Winger

Helen Slater
Helen Slater screen tested for the role of Paula, which went to Debra Winger.
Actor who got the part: Debra Winger

John Travolta
One of several films that Travolta turned down the lead role before it was offered to Richard Gere.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere



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