Roles turned down by Jack Lemmon:
Jack Lemmon was considered to play the lead role but they later decided he was too old.
Actor who got the part: Roy Scheider
Jack Lemmon turned down a role in this film to do "The Odd Couple."
Jack Lemmon turned down the role of Eddie Felson.
Actor who got the part: Paul Newman
Director Jules Dassin wanted Lemmon to star as the nebbishy American scholar opposite Melina Mercouri, but the budget would not permit it, so Dassin himself played the role; the film turned out to be a box-office smash.
Actor who got the part: Jules Dassin
Jack Lemmon was considered for the part of Carl Fox. Director Oliver Stone gave Charlie Sheen a choice: Lemmon or Martin Sheen. Charlie chose his father, Martin.
Actor who got the part: Martin Sheen
Jack Lemmon was considered for the lead role of George.
Actor who got the part: Richard Burton
Did you know that Jack Lemmon was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)