Roles turned down by Robert Altman:
Altman worked for some time on a screen adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's famed novel that was to have been produced by Dino De Laurentiis. Several decades later (1999), another director -- an Altman associate -- made the film.
Actor who got the part: Alan Rudolph
Robert Altman was due to direct this project about a truck contest in small town Texas, but died before filming began.
Actor who got the part: Film Never Made
Altman planned to direct a screenplay by Jeffrey Lewis, about New York's art scene, to star Salma Hayek and James Franco. Production was scheduled for 2003, but the film was never made.
Actor who got the part: Film Not Made
Had worked on adapting the book and screenplay but, through a business deal, he lost out on directing what became one of the defining movies of the 'Sixties.
Actor who got the part: Richard Lester
Altman was originally scheduled to film version of E.L. Doctorow's great novel.
Actor who got the part: Milos Forman
Did you know that Robert Altman was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)