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 Roles turned down by Gene Wilder:

Blazing Saddles
Wilder was originally offered the part of Hedley Lamarr before playing The Waco Kid.
Actor who got the part: Harvey Korman

High Anxiety
Scheduling reportedly forced Wilder to turn down the role of "Dr. Richard Thondyke" in Mel Brooks' awkward spoof of Alfred Hitchcock films.
Actor who got the part: Mel Brooks

The Magnificent Seven
Wilder auditioned for the role of Vin.
Actor who got the part: Steve McQueen

Over the Hedge
Gene Wilder was signed to play "Norbert the Owl" but this character was written out of the film (among others) for unknown reasons.

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