Scheider was originally cast as Michael in the Deer Hunter, but he quit the picture over creative differences with the script. Universal executives agreed to let him out of his contract if he would do Jaws 2 instead.
Was considered for the role of Clay Shaw.
Turned down the leading role of the American ambassador.
Was considered for a part in the movie.
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