Roles turned down by Ryan O'Neal:
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
According to Faye's autobiography, Ryan was initially signed for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Jon Voight
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
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
Did you know that Ryan O'Neal was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)