Roles turned down by William Wyler:
Director William Wyler agreed to return to films after his 1970 retirement and direct this film, providing Audrey Hepburn return as well after her 1967 retirement. Audrey agreed but only if the film was made in Rome. The producer disagreed and Milton Katselas was chosen to direct Liv Ullmann instead.
Actor who got the part: Milton Katselas
Laurence Olivier asked his "Wuthering Heights" director to direct him in a film of Shakespeare's play but Wyler turned down the offer, advising Olivier to direct it himself.
Actor who got the part: Laurence Olivier
Wyler was scheduled to direct this Best Picture Oscar winner, but he lost interest in the project. John Ford took over and won an Oscar.
Actor who got the part: John Ford
Wyler turned down the job of directing "Patton" because he didn't want to work under 20th Century-Fox Studio head Darryl F. Zanuck. Franklin J. Schaffner ended up directing - and won an Oscar.
Actor who got the part: Franklin J. Schaffner
William Wyler was scheduled to direct Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton but changed his mind so he could direct "The Collector" (1965) instead.
Actor who got the part: Vincente Minnelli
The masterful, much-honored director scouted locations and was set to direct the movie, but finally withdrew.
Actor who got the part: Robert Wise
Did you know that William Wyler was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)