Freeman turned down the lead role (Lorenzo Council).
Actor who got the part: Samuel L. Jackson
Robert Redford originally wanted Freeman to play Bagger Vance, but ultimately decided to cast the movie with younger actors.
Morgan Freeman was originally considered for the lead role of Frankie Dunn, but chose instead to play Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris.
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