Albert Finney was considered for the role of Grandpa Joe.
Albert Finney was the first choice to play Bart.
Albert Finney declined to repeat his performance of Agatha Christie's Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot from Murder On the Orient Express, because of the heat factor involved in make-up for the part.
Finney was Lean's first choice but when Lean came to see him in a play he felt pressured and didn't perform. His understudy took the role that night...it was Peter O'Toole.
Albert Finney was reportedly turned down for the role.
Did you know that Albert Finney was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)