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Robards had actually been filmed in the lead role during early production, before becoming ill and having to return to the United States.
Actor who got the part: Klaus Kinski

The Iceman Cometh
Jason Robards was so distraught over not getting the role of Hickey, his signature role on stage, that he got drunk and crashed his car into a mountain, nearly dying in the process. His recovery included facial reconstructive surgery.
Actor who got the part: Lee Marvin

Jason Robards was considered for the role.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

The Man From Elysian Fields
Was going to star as Allcott, but withdrew due to his illness.
Actor who got the part: James Coburn

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Author Ray Bradbury in the 'Sixties suggested to producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler that Robards would be a wonderful Mr. Dark. The producers were not interested. When the film was made in the 'Eighties, the great Robards played the role of Charles Holloway.
Actor who got the part: Jonathan Price

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» Magnolia
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