Roles turned down by Jason Robards:
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
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
Was going to star as Allcott, but withdrew due to his illness.
Actor who got the part: James Coburn
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
Did you know that Jason Robards was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)