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 Roles turned down by Ryan O'Neal:

The Bodyguard
Ryan O'Neal was pursued to play opposite Diana Ross in THE BODYGUARD, but the project stalled and O'Neal went to work on THE DRIVER and THE MAIN EVENT.
Actor who got the part: Kevin Costner

The Champ
According to Faye's autobiography, Ryan was initially signed for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Jon Voight

The Godfather
Ryan O'Neal was considered for the role of Michael Corleone.

Producers offered Sly $150,000 to let Ryan O'Neal play Rocky but he refused (Sly wrote the movie).
Actor who got the part: Sylvester Stallone

Considered to play Superman.
Actor who got the part: Christopher Reeve

The Way We Were
Barbra Streisand wanted Ryan O'Neal, but the studio didn't want another Streisand-O'Neal pairing after the movie What's Up Doc.
Actor who got the part: Robert Redford

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