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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
 Who was considered for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft was considered for the role of Ratched.
Actor who got the part: Louise Fletcher

Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando was considered for the role of McMurphy.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn was considered for the role of Ratched.
Actor who got the part: Louise Fletcher

James Caan
Caan was considered for the role of McMurphy.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

Bud Cort
The "Harold and Maude" star turned down the role of "Billy Bibbit."
Actor who got the part: Brad Dourif

Colleen Dewhurst
Dewhurst was considered for the role of Ratched.
Actor who got the part: Louise Fletcher

Kirk Douglas
After starring in the 1963 Broadway version, Kirk Douglas bought the film rights but no studio would make the film. He later passed the film rights to his son Michael Douglas.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

Shelley Duvall
Shelley Duvall had been suggested to Milos Forman for the role of Candy, the prostitute. When Forman screened THIEVES LIKE US to see if she was right for the role, he spotted Louise Fletcher, and cast her as Nurse Ratched.
Actor who got the part: Marya Small

Jane Fonda
Fonda was considered for the role of Ratched.
Actor who got the part: Louise Fletcher

Gene Hackman
Hackman was considered for the role of McMurphy.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury was considered for the role of Ratched.
Actor who got the part: Louise Fletcher

Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau turned down the part of Nurse Ratched for personal reasons.
Actor who got the part: Louise Fletcher

Geraldine Page
Page was considered for the role of Ratched.
Actor who got the part: Louise Fletcher

Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds was considered for the role of McMurphy.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

Lily Tomlin
Turned down the role of "Nurse Ratched."
Actor who got the part: Louise Fletcher



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