Turned down the role of playboy-adventurer "Dax Xenos" in the screen version of the Harold Robbins bestseller.
Director Vincente Minnelli fought to persuade MGM to sign the handsome Delon to play "Julio Desnoyers," but studio bosses insisted on signing a major American star instead.
The handsome French icon tested to replace Horst Bucholz, but had trouble with the brown contact lenses required for the role.
Sofia Coppola originally considered the French actor to play Louis XV.
Did you know that Alain Delon was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)