Roles turned down by Benicio Del Toro:
Benicio Del Toro was reportedly paid $5 million for an earlier attempt to make this film. That project was aborted and the film was eventually made with Russell Crowe instead.
Actor who got the part: Russell Crowe
Turned down a starring offer.
Actor who got the part: David Morrisey
De Toro was in talks to take over for John travolta as chili Palmer in the sequel to Get Shorty when Travolta wanted to much money. In the end, Travolta and the studio came to an agreement.
Actor who got the part: John Travolta
Offered the starring role of gay Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas.
Actor who got the part: Javier Bardem
Offered the role of painter Diego Rivera.
Actor who got the part: Alfred Molina
Pulled out of the project, in which he was to play a detective investigating the death of "Superman" TV series star George Reeves, due to other commitments.
Actor who got the part: Adrien Brody
Del Toro was an early contender for the role of "Gay" Perry.
Actor who got the part: Val Kilmer
Originally cast but turned down the role of Darth Maul after George Lucas had removed a lot of the dialogue.
Actor who got the part: Ray Park
Did you know that Benicio Del Toro was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)